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Tamworth firefighters get involved with dementia action week

May 25 2018
Firefighters from Tamworth visited the Memory Café at Sacred Heart

Firefighters from Tamworth visited the Memory Café at Sacred Heart

Firefighters from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have supported Dementia Action Week 2018 by attending events around Tamworth.

“As a Service it is really important for us to work closely with partner organisations like this, to raise awareness and to guide people to accessing the right help and support. There are now more than 250 members of staff across SFRS who have received dementia awareness training to become Dementia Friends.”

Community Safety Officer Simon Challoner

Their involvement in the week of action (Monday May 21 to Sunday May 27) highlights their continued partnership work with the Tamworth Dementia Action Alliance, Tamworth Borough Council and Alzheimer’s Society.

The events below have been organised by Tamworth Dementia Action Alliance and will be attended by Tamworth firefighters (emergency call permitting).

Earlier this year specially designed artwork was applied to an appliance from Tamworth Belgrave Community Fire Station after the Service joined forces with the organisations to work towards making Tamworth a Dementia Friendly Community, which is a recognised status. The crews have been taking out their new look fire engine speaking to people in the community this week about dementia and the support available for those living with the disease and those caring for them. 

  • Monday May 21 – Community Together CIC Community Fundraising Day, Castle Grounds
  • Tuesday May 22 – Memory Café, Sacred Heart
  • Friday May 25 – Tamworth History Morning, Tamworth Hertitage Trust, Middle Entry
  • Saturday May 26 – Dementia Awareness Raising, Tamworth Market
  • Sunday May 27 – Dementia Awareness Raising, Sacred Heart

On Tuesday May 22 Red Watch from Tamworth Belgrave visited the Memory Café where they spoke to residents over a slice of cake. The group were also treated to a musical feast from the Tamworth Twangers, including Dave Shaw playing the Ukulele. Dave was diagnosed with a form of dementia called Subcortical Vascular Dementia and this prompted him to take up a musical instrument to help with the condition. Firefighter Lee Sanders even had a go at playing the Ukulele (pictured below with Dave).

Community Safety Officer Simon Challoner said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to show our continued support to making Tamworth a Dementia Friendly Community. The crews received updated training at the start of the year which was put to good use during these events, in addition to their everyday work in the community.

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

“As a Service it is really important for us to work closely with partner organisations like this, to raise awareness and to guide people to accessing the right help and support. There are now more than 250 members of staff across SFRS who have received dementia awareness training to become Dementia Friends.”

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 Tamworth 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 Tamworth united against dementia.”