Alzheimer’s Society Chief Executive, Jeremy Hughes, is today calling on “inspirational” organisations and individuals from the health and social care sector to enter the charity’s third annual Dementia Friendly Awards.
Sponsored by Iceland, the awards celebrate people, organisations and communities making an outstanding contribution towards improving the lives and experiences of people affected by dementia.
Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the UK and the stigma and lack of understanding around it means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion. The awards form part of Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Communities initiative which sets out to create more communities and businesses that are dementia-friendly, so that people affected by dementia feel understood and included in all aspects of community life.
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive, Alzheimer’s Society said: “Dementia is the biggest health and social care issue facing our society but thankfully people across the health and social care sector are rising to the challenge by helping to raise awareness, break down stigma and supporting people living with dementia to take a bigger part in community life.”
“It is clear that more and more people are taking steps to make sure that people with dementia and their loved ones can continue to live independently and get out and about after a diagnosis. We want to celebrate this inspirational work and inspire others to follow suit.”
Last year’s Dementia Friendly Awards saw more than 300 applications. Alzheimer’s Society hopes to make this year’s awards bigger and better, with nine categories to choose from and four new awards:
- NEW: The first ever Dementia Journalism award
- NEW: The first ever Inspiring Individuals award
- NEW: Young Person(s) Contribution of the Year, supported by Express Newspapers
- Dementia Friendly Community of the Year
- Dementia Partnership of the Year
- NEW: Dementia Innovation of the Year
- Dementia Friends Champion of the Year
- Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year
- Outstanding Contribution of the Year
Previous successes in health and social care include the Liverpool SURF group which won the Best Dementia Friendly Involvement Initiative in the 2015 Dementia Friendly Awards.
The group is made up of people living with dementia, carers and professionals from local organisations including the City Council, local NHS trusts, Alzheimer’s Society and Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group.
The group has worked to ensure that people are engaged in developing the local city wide strategy for dementia and the establishment of the Liverpool Dementia Action Alliance, as well as being hugely successful in raising awareness of dementia.
Enter 2016’s awards now as an individual, or as part of an organisation or community. The awards are open to all in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Refer to the individual entry criteria for your chosen award and apply using the nomination form at www.alzheimers.org.uk/dementiafriendlyawards
The closing date for submissions is midnight on Wednesday 10 August 2016. For further queries email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All finalists will be invited to attend a glittering awards ceremony on Wednesday November 30 in Central London where winners will be announced.