The newly appointed Chairman of Selby District Council, Richard Sweeting, is kick-starting an initiative to create the first Dementia Friendly Council in the UK, with support from care home provider Barchester Healthcare.
Richard Sweeting, who works as an Activities Coordinator at Barchester’s Highfield Care Home in Tadcaster was appointed Chairman of Selby District Council on 19th May following the District Council election.
Richard will be acting as Dementia Champion for the District as part of his new role as the Council’s Chairman and is already taking steps to create the UK’s first Dementia Friendly Council.
In the first phase of the initiative, one of Barchester’s Dementia Care Specialists, David Owen, will be providing several short training sessions to members of Selby District Council over the coming weeks.
The Chairman of the Council, Richard Sweeting said: “I’m delighted to have been elected to serve the local community as Chairman of Selby District Council. As an Activities Coordinator at Highfield Care Home, issues around dementia are close to my heart. I think it’s fantastic that our District will be the first to have a Dementia Friendly Council and am proud to be working in partnership with Barchester Healthcare to make this trailblazing initiative a reality.”