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Sefton celebrates dementia friendly status

Sefton Council joined over 50 other organisations and businesses from across the borough this week to celebrate its new dementia friendly status.

Thanks to the work of Sefton’s Dementia Action Alliance (DAA), the borough has been officially recognised by The Alzheimer’s Society as ‘working towards becoming dementia friendly’. This status means that Sefton is a place where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported.

The event, held yesterday (Tuesday, 1 October) at The Atkinson in Southport, was a chance for all of the organisations involved in the Dementia Action Alliance to celebrate the result of their work and start a new era of the partnership which will now be known as Dementia Friendly Sefton.

This news comes as Sefton continues to celebrate its Year of Friendship, a year-long campaign that aims to tackle loneliness and social isolation across the borough. The ongoing work of Dementia Friendly Sefton will be an extension of this campaign in years to come as it works to create a better community for our more vulnerable residents.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “I am so proud to be able to celebrate Dementia Friendly Sefton this week. This event is the culmination of years of hard work by a huge number of organisations from across Sefton to create a place where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported.

“The world can be a confusing and sometimes frightening place for people with dementia, but by making small changes to the way we usually do things, we can make that world much brighter. Dementia Friendly Sefton will continue to work towards making our community a better place for people living with dementia and in doing so, enable them to live the lives they choose to live.”