Last year during Dementia Action Week, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service signed the Dementia Friendly Charter, highlighting support to raising awareness of dementia in the community.
Fire Engines For Promotion
The fire service had two of their fire engines (Richmond and Skipton) liveried with the Alzheimer’s Society Logo
As part of the commitment, the fire service had two of their fire engines (Richmond and Skipton) liveried with the Alzheimer’s Society Logo. They also pledged to train their staff as Dementia Friends. Most of this training has now been completed and the majority of the staff are Dementia Friends.
Station Manager Nick Bullamore said: “There are over 2.5 million people trained up to be Dementia Friends and we are proud to have trained our staff to be part of this Alzheimer’s Society initiative. The Dementia Friends program is aimed at transforming the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.”
Dementia Action Week
This year, the fire service is again supporting Dementia Action Week that runs 20th-26th May. As part of the week, fire crews are holding a number of dementia friends’ sessions that members of the public can come along to:
- 22nd May 2019 Milton Rooms, Malton 10:00-15:00
- 20th May Robin Hood’s Bay Fire Station 10:30
- 20th May Lythe Fire Station 16:30
- 24th May Whitby Fire Station 10:30
- 25th May Danby Fire Station 09:00
Crews will also be out and about throughout the county giving out information about Dementia Awareness so if you see them please pop over and say hello.
Spreading Awareness About Dementia
Too many people face dementia alone, without adequate support provided to them
Watch Manager Richard Daffern from Malton station said “We have organized a coffee morning to promote Dementia awareness throughout our community. Working together with a diverse group of agencies the event will provide information and pathways for anyone in need of our help. It will be held at the Milton Rooms in Malton on the 22nd May from 10am till 3pm a member of the Alzheimer’s Society will be presenting two talks during the event.”
In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes and almost everyone knows someone whose life has been affected. Yet too many people face the condition alone, without adequate support provided to them. The Alzheimer’s Society is determined to change this, and everyone has a part to play in creating a dementia-friendly UK. From continuing to invite people with dementia out, to making sure you listen and include them in conversations, people with dementia and careers have shared actions with us that will make a difference - helping them to feel included in their communities and able to live the lives they want.