Hadleigh on road to becoming dementia friendly community

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Hadleigh has been recognised as a town working towards creating a dementia-friendly community thanks to the work of two nurses.

The Hadleigh Local Dementia Action Alliance (LDAA) has officially been launched in a bid to facilitate change in the community.

In September, Allied Healthcare nurses Roni Waterman and Heather McRoberts were inspired to create a dementia-friendly community after visiting an Alzheimer’s show in Manchester.

The work was started by forming the LDAA steering group, which included local business leaders, district councillors and representatives from other voluntary organisations, along with people affected by dementia.

One of the group’s aims is to create dementia friends champions, who will deliver dementia awareness sessions to 2,000 people across Hadleigh.

Explaining the impact for residents, chairman Tracey Loynds said: “It means greater understanding, better access, a wider range of activities and services and so much more.”