Dementia Friendly Congleton
Encourage and support people living with Dementia & their families in Congleton.
Dementia Friendly Congleton is a dynamic forward facing project intended to enhance the understanding of the general public and encourage and support those living with dementia, their carers and their families. It has two main thrusts:
1. Community Awareness to educate and inform the community on what the dementia is, what living with dementia is like and what we as a community, can do to make our town Dementia friendly and to ensure that people living with the disease can remain in our community for longer. We are currently holding Dementia Friends awareness sessions at various venues across Congleton in order to make Dementia Friends and this will be an ongoing project as we seek to continually educate people.
2. The provision of group sessions. We also have sessions running for people living with dementia at several places across Congleton to help alleviate the isolation and loneliness which is often the experience of people living with dementia and their careers.
Congleton has an ageing population and as statistics sow that 1 in 14 people over the age 65 are living with dementia, our great town definitely needs to be Dementia Friendly.
Read Well Books
Reading Well Books on Prescription for dementia recommends books you might find helpful if you have dementia, or are caring for someone with dementia or would like to find out more about the condition. The books provide information and advice, support for living well, advice for relatives and carers and personal stories. They are endorsed by health professionals and can all be found in the local library.
More information: https://reading-well.org.uk/books/books-on-prescription/dementia
Please find below a list of shared resources available to Congleton residents, at Congleton Library resources:
Books in Pictures. Cheshire East Libraries have a series of beautiful ‘In Pictures’ books for people with dementia to borrow for free. Available to view on the library catalogue.
Memory Boxes. Cheshire East Libraries have a collection of memory boxes full of memorabilia, books and photos on different themes such as gardens, housework and childhood. Available to view on the library catalogue and reserve (£1 reservation fee applies).
Books on Prescription: Dementia. The Reading Agency worked with dementia healthcare experts, people with dementia and carer groups to select a list of titles that provide support and advice for people with dementia and their carers. Health professionals use the list to prescribe books to their patients and the titles are available for anyone to borrow free-of-charge from their public library. Available to view on the library catalogue.
Dementia Friends Gallery
In our goal to make Congleton a dementia friendly town local businesses have been working with us to undergo training and a review of business premises to assist people living with dementia in Congleton. Local businesses can proudly display the certifcate of recognition, thanks to Butters John Bee, Congleton Library, Congleton Museum, Coop Funeral Care, Lawton House Surgery, Musical Moments, New Life Church, Old Saw Mill, The Castle Inn, Three Way Travel and Top Nosh.
Dementia Friendly Business Awards
In our effort to make Congleton a dementia friendly town we have been working with local businesses, providing staff training and make improvements to business premises so they can assist people living with dementia in Congleton. They can now proudly display their certificate of recognition, thanks to:
Bear Grills, Butters John Bee, Chris Hamriding, Congleton Library, Congleton Museum, Congleton Vets, Co-op funeral services, Gather Innovations, Lions Musical Moments, New Life Church, Old Saw Mill, The Castle Inn, Top Nosh, Wild and Wild, 3 Way Travel, Chappell Centre and Lawton House Surgery.