Reading DAA aims to promote and sustain the town as a dementia-friendly community and will:
- Seek membership from businesses, services, the care sector and organisations both in the town centre and the wider community
- Ensure that the voices of people with dementia, their carers and families are heard in order to inform the work of Reading DAA
- Raise awareness of dementia across local communities
- Develop dementia friendly communities for people with dementia so that their interaction with local businesses, shops and care providers is as pleasant and stress-free as possible.
Reading DAA is looking for new members to support its aim to make Reading a dementia-friendly community. The current steering group includes representatives from Reading Borough Council, local businesses, and the care and transport sectors. The group aims to oversee the sustainability of the alliance going forward and monitor progress. It meets 4-5 times a year and anyone who is interested in joining is invited to get in touch. Meetings are held in central Reading.
- Many local organisations have become Dementia Friends by attending a short awareness-raising session run by a Dementia Champion
- Town Walks – gentle strolls round Reading town centre for people with dementia and their friends or carers, taking in points of interest and shops, finishing with tea. Participants can then discuss their findings about how accessible and friendly the town centre is.
- Shops and offices are being offered the Alzheimers Society’s How to help people with dementia booklet and will shortly be encouraged to display ‘Dementia Friendly’ stickers.