Epping Forest district has maintained its ‘dementia friendly community’ status for another year.
Each community that is accredited as a ‘dementia friendly community’ is required to submit an annual assessment for reaccreditation to ensure the community is continually evolving to support those affected by dementia.
Epping Forest Dementia Friendly Community
Formally Epping Forest Dementia Action Alliance, Epping Forest Dementia Friendly Community (EFDFC) group is a mix individuals, groups and organisations that all want better health and social care outcomes for people affected by dementia.
The group meets every 6 to 8 weeks to share best practice, support each other’s projects, share information and give others an opportunity to connect with likeminded individuals and help join the dots for those affected by dementia.
Trains, café and fairs
EFDFC works closely with Epping Forest District Council and the Alzheimer’s Society to host different events and activities throughout the year for people affected by dementia.
Wellbeing Wednesdays at Epping Forest District Museum provide activities to help residents engage, reduce isolation and promote a sense of wellbeing.
Wellbeing Wednesdays include the Community Café, which offers free light refreshments, a chance to chat, meet new friends in a relaxed, warm and welcoming environment.
Men’s Shed, run by Voluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF) is for men of all ages to meet, socialise, and engage with a range of practical activities and interests.
3 Memory Train events have happened so far, with hopefully more to come. The Memory Train is a day trip that offers passengers the opportunity to reminisce, take in the beautiful views of the Epping Forest countryside.
EFDFC also organised the Epping Forest Dementia Fair in May as part of Dementia Action Week. Read more at Dementia fair kicks off Dementia Action Week.
Cllr Smruti Patel, Portfolio Holder for Community, Health and Wellbeing said:
I’m so pleased that the district has been able to maintain its status as a dementia friendly community for another year.
Groups like Epping Forest Dementia Friendly Community help to raise awareness around dementia and support so many within the community who are affected by the disease.
Thank you to all those who give their time, effort, and energy to helping Epping Forest be a dementia friendly community.”
For more information or to get involved with future projects, contact Laura Cleverley, Epping Forest District Council Dementia Action Officer,
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