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To discover local groups and activities taking place in your area please see the links below:

Connect Well East Kent - Connecting you with help & wellbeing services

Involve | Connect Well West Kent - Connecting you with help & wellbeing services

Simply Connect Canterbury - connecting you to your local community

The Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are currently working on a Social Prescribing platform for the whole of Kent to combine the three sites above and make it easier to find local groups and activities.

Dementia Friendly Communities

There are Dementia Friendly Communities across Kent, they work together to increase awareness and understanding of Dementia, so that people living with dementia can continue to live in the way they want to and remain part of their community.  This includes all parts of the community such as private businesses, voluntary organisations, care providers and people affected by dementia, also sports and leisure organisations, shops, cafes, banks and restaurants work together to make communities more accessible for people living with dementia.

Dementiafriendlykent@kent.gov.uk

Live Twitter Feed: @DFC_Kent

Useful Links

Dementia Friends Information Sessions - https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/

DEEP Dementia Words Matter http://dementiavoices.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/DEEP-Guide-Language.pdf

Virtual Dementia Tour https://www.training2care.co.uk/virtual-dementia-tour.htm

Working to Become Dementia Friendly Recognition Symbol

Kent has its own Working to Become Dementia Friendly Recognition Symbol (WTBDF) which organisations, schools, care and health organisations and sole traders are encouraged to apply for.  This symbol is to showcase that an organisation is working towards becoming more dementia friendly for their community.  The Symbol was developed by members of the Kent Dementia Action Alliance and is in place alongside the Alzheimer’s Society’s work on recognising Businesses and Dementia Friendly Organisations.  

Recognised providers can use their symbol on advertising and literature, have access to their local Dementia Friendly Community support network to share best practice and influence change. 

WTBDF Providers are asked to meet a short criteria which supports becoming dementia friendly, they are asked to make some pledges and take small actions and considerations to help make their organisation dementia friendly. Officers encourage joint working with an organisation or group from another sector to help build up support networks within the community and strengthen local connections.

Each year Providers are asked to complete a self-assessment in order to renew their status as a recognised provider.

Application Forms can be obtained from your local Dementia Friendly Community Group. Contact details below:

Kent’s Dementia Friendly Communities

Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community

Chair: Elaine Murray E Mail: elaine.murray@thegoodcaregroup.com

Tunbridge Wells Dementia Friendly Community

Chair: Chris Parker E Mail rtwdfc@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Tunbridge-Wells-DFC-399724427538294/

Building a Dementia Friendly Maidstone

Chair: Amy Turner-Ives E Mail maidstoneDFC@wmlaw.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/maidstonedementiafriendlycommunity

Twitter: @MaidstoneDFC

Tonbridge Dementia Friendly Community

Chair: Chris Parker E Mail info@tonbridgedfc.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TonbridgeDFC

East Peckham Dementia Friendly Community

Chair: Sandra Edmonds E Mail Sandra.Edmonds@kent.gov.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/East-Peckham-Dementia-Friendly-Community-105114164237880/

Swanley Dementia Friendly Community

Chair: Jagdeep Yogarajah E Mail: Jagdeep.yogarajah@homeinstead.co.uk

Swale Dementia Friendly Community

Chair: Alison Carter: alisoncarter@nplh.uk

Canterbury and Ashford Dementia Action Alliance

Chair: Liz Taylor E Mail: Elizabeth.taylor@alzheimers.org.uk

Chair: Alison Carter E Mail: alisoncarter@nplh.uk

Sandwich Dementia Friendly Community

Chair: Sally Barclay Telephone: 01304 614237

Email:  sally.barclay@ageconcernsandwich.com

Dover Dementia Friendly Community

Chair: Sarah Horan E Mail: sarah.horan@dover.gov.uk

Hythe Dementia Friendly Community

Website: www.dementiaawarehythe.co.uk

E Mail: dementiaawarehythe@ageukhl.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HytheDementia/

Thanet Dementia Action Alliance

Chair: Kerry Hill E Mail: kerry.hill@caremark.co.uk

Last updated: 16/09/2022