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Brecon and Hay Dementia Supportive Community
Dementia friendly hospitals
Dementia Friends
National Dementia Vision for Wales: Dementia Supportive Communities

Swansea Dementia Supportive Community

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Brecon and Hay Dementia Supportive Community

In October 2014, the community in Brecon became the first town in Wales to be recognised as dementia friendly under the Alzheimer’s Society programme. A pilot project carried out in the town saw a number of local service providers join the campaign, including a pharmacist, police, fire and rescue staff, a medical centre, theatre and the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. A training exercise was also undertaken by the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team who are often called to help in searches for missing people with dementia. The exercise was carried out in partnership with members of Brecon and Hay Dementia Supportive Community Group. More recent activities carried out in the area include a dementia friendly Christmas concert, the introduction of multi-sensory hands-on music activities, a supportive communities information event, and a coffee morning.

Dementia friendly hospitals

In November 2015, it was reported that staff in hospital accident and emergency departments across Wales had been receiving training from the Royal College of Nursing to support them in working more effectively with people with dementia.

Dementia Friends

The Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends campaign was launched in Wales in February 2014 and has been widely promoted. One year after its launch, the National Assembly for Wales announced its intention to become dementia friendly.

National Dementia Vision for Wales: Dementia Supportive Communities

In 2011, the Welsh Government’s National Dementia Vision for Wales: Dementia Supportive Communities was launched. The key focus of this strategy is on strengthening communities so that the voices of people with dementia are heard, the community is consulted and listened to, services are accessible and responsive to the community’s needs, people with dementia are included in community activities, and carers receive support from within the community. The Government announced in June 2015 that they would be committing £4.5 million towards their scheme to make Wales more dementia friendly.

Swansea Dementia Supportive Community

Swansea became the first city in Wales to be recognised as dementia friendly under the Alzheimer’s Society’s dementia friendly community programme in September 2014. Originally launched in July 2013, the Swansea Dementia Supportive Community encourages local community groups and businesses to submit an action plan for becoming dementia friendly, promotes local Dementia Friends workshops and other events for and including people with dementia and their carers, and runs events to bring the community together.