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Fire service supports dementia action week

May 24 2018
Strategic Partnership Lead Paul Shaw

Strategic Partnership Lead Paul Shaw

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have supported Dementia Action Week 2018 by delivering awareness sessions around Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

“We are absolutely committed to doing everything we can to support those who are most vulnerable in our communities. Over recent years over 250 staff and firefighters around the county have received dementia awareness training – that’s almost a quarter of our workforce becoming Dementia Friends."

Paul Shaw, Strategic Partnership Lead

The Alzheimer’s Society week of action runs between Monday May 21 and Sunday May 27, with events and awareness sessions being held nationally. SFRS works in partnership with the Dementia Action Alliance and Alzheimer’s Society and staff around the county have keenly supported the week of action in various ways.

As part of their ongoing partnership work, staff from the Service’s Northern Prevent Team have delivered home fire safety talks throughout May at Approach café groups in Bucknall, Fegg Hayes and Cheadle. With further sessions set to be delivered at Endon Methodist Church and the Silverdale café on Tuesday June 12. They also visited staff from Harplands Hospital to deliver a Dementia Friends session which was very well received.

Approach is a local charity which offers positive dementia support, holding monthly Carer Cafés to provide informal support for carers and the people they care for.

As part of the café group sessions SFRS staff have taken the opportunity to speak about the importance of fire safety in the home and offer Safe & Well visits to all those attending.

Paul Shaw, Strategic Partnership Lead, said: “We are absolutely committed to doing everything we can to support those who are most vulnerable in our communities. Over recent years over 250 staff and firefighters around the county have received dementia awareness training – that’s almost a quarter of our workforce becoming Dementia Friends.

“Our firefighters and prevent staff will often come across people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s when carrying out Safe and Well visits within our communities so it is vital that they have a good understanding so they can give safety advice in an appropriate way and make referrals to other agencies and charities when people need further support.

“As a Service we were keen to get involved in the week of action and by working closely with partner organisations such as Approach we can help raise awareness and guide people to accessing the right help and support.”

Cathy Bowler, Operations Manager for Alzheimer’s Society in Staffordshire, Shropshire and Stoke-on-Trent said: “We are delighted to see Staffordshire Fire and Rescue taking action in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme this Dementia Action Week. Their array of events this week will have raised awareness about dementia and hopefully spurred people to do something to support people with dementia in the area. It’s great to see Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme united against dementia.”