Vale Mayor launches Barry Dementia Supportive Communities
Published 03 October 2014
The Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Councillor Howard Hamilton has launched the Dementia Supportive Communities initiative in Barry, the first of its kind in the Vale.
The pilot forms part of the thee-year Dementia Plan which was launched earlier this year. Along with another community in Cardiff, the pilot will run for a year, after which the initiative will be rolled out in stages to the rest of the Cardiff and Vale area.
Melanie Andrews, Operations Manager for Alzheimer’s Society in South East Wales, said: “It is great to hear of the positive work happening in Barry.
“The programme isn’t about creating experts, it’s about helping people understand a little bit more about what it’s like to live with the condition and then turn that understanding into action.”
The initiative involves a number of public, private and third sector organisations working together and taking part in dementia awareness sessions, which have been developed by the Alzheimer’s Society.
Mayor Hamilton added: “I am delighted to offer my support to this initiative and would urge the residents and local businesses in Barry to attend the awareness sessions, so that those who are affected by dementia, along with their carers, are given the support and encouragement they need.”