North West town a beacon of hope for dementia sufferers

Dementia Friendly Community of the Year award goes to Wigan

WIGAN is the most dementia friendly town in the UK.

That’s according to the Alzheimer’s society who named Wigan as the winner of ‘Dementia Friendly Community of the Year’ in the town category.

The honour came on the back of a series of community initiatives specifically design to help people who suffer from dementia.

It includes work to encourage people to become dementia friends and building bridges between sufferers of the condition with others in the local community.

Councillor Keith Cuncliffe, portfolio holder for adult social care and health, said: “Across the borough there are already so many Dementia Friends trained, dementia cafes and groups offering support and a wealth of services which mean people with dementia can still be independent and engaged in their own care.”

Wigan Borough Council teamed up with The Alzheimer’s Society and Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group on a series of projects in Hindly, Scholes and Leigh involving sporting and social sessions.

Businesses, community groups and schools also played a role in making the region rich with good places for people with dementia to live whilst enabling them and their carers to continue to live independently and have a choice over their treatment.

On average dementia affects 850,000 people in the UK and is set to increase.

By Dolline Mukui