Dementia Friendly Petersfield
Imagine a town where people living with dementia feel understood and comfortable, a place where more businesses and services understand how to help those affected by dementia, and a group of organisations working together to help make the town truly dementia friendly.
Welcome to Dementia Friendly Petersfield.
The human impact of dementia is enormous and so are the numbers - 850,000 people in the UK are estimated to have a form of dementia, with up to 2,000 people in Hampshire living with the condition.
Dementia Friendly Petersfield aims to increase the awareness and understanding of dementia amongst businesses in the town, so those affected feel more supported by the business and services they rely on.
Businesses make a pledge to enable key staff to become Dementia Friends. This can be done either by attending a free information session, which lasts just one hour, or by watching a video at www.dementiafriends.org.uk.
Dementia Friendly Petersfield is actively supported by organisations across the town, including East Hampshire District Council, Petersfield Town Council, the Petersfield Post, Hampshire Constabulary, Petersfield Area Churches Together (PACT), Princess Royal Trust for Carers, the Winton House Centre, Dementia Friendly Hampshire, Waitrose and Local Treasures.
Damian Hinds, MP for East Hampshire, is a key supporter of the initiative, bringing the organisations together to launch Dementia Friendly Petersfield in July 2016.
““Before my late mother was diagnosed with a form of dementia I thought I knew a lot about the condition, but when the diagnosis came I realised how far from the truth that was. Communities across the UK are faced with the growing reality of this disease, yet public understanding of the condition remains poor and this needs to change."”
““It’s also important to turn that understanding into action. People with dementia can continue to live independently in their communities for longer, doing many of the things they have always enjoyed, if they have a helping hand and more people who understand dementia."”
““Supporting Dementia Friendly Petersfield makes good business sense and is the right thing to do for the town and community, and I’m delighted to support it in all its endeavours to improve the lives of local people living with dementia.””
Damian Hinds, MP for East Hampshire