Poynton Dementia Steering Group
Poynton Dementia Steering Group formed in January 2017, is made up of representatives from Poynton Town Council, local voluntary groups, professionals supporting people living with dementia, dementia services and carers. The group has been instrumental in raising awareness about dementia in Poynton. More recently the group have connected with dementia support networks in Bollington and Disley to reflect the Bollington, Disley and Poynton (B.D.P.) Care Community footprint. Since 2017, the group have submitted an annual assessment to the Alzheimer’s Society and has been successful in Poynton being recognised as ‘working to become Dementia Friendly’.
Over the years the group have organised Dementia Awareness Information Sessions for local businesses and residents, asked Clickety Click to make Twiddle muffs for people living with dementia, created a flyer with support and social group information, raised awareness of dementia with young people and organised a memory awareness event. More recently the group have been involved with the development of the Time to Talk sessions. These are drop-in sessions for people living with dementia and their carers where they can access support from health and social care professionals.
During Dementia Week in May, the group will continue to encourage local businesses and organisations to become more dementia friendly. There is a very straightforward application process to achieve public recognition with stickers for shop windows and a logo for online promotion. You can contact Sharon Duke, Communities Co-ordinator, on 01625 872238
for more information.