Dementia Friendly

​Date: 20/05/2014

Wakefield Council is working with partners to create a dementia friendly district.

As a part of National Dementia Awareness week a campaign has been launched by the Council, in partnership with local police, to help protect people from doorstep crime.

Officers from West Yorkshire Police are visiting community pharmacies to deliver resources and provide information about the campaign to help educate and raise awareness amongst the local community. This includes a number of simple steps that can be taken to reduce this type of crime and increase the reporting of this issue.

The national Dementia Friends Programme has been delivered to Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in Wakefield. The Dementia Friends Programme provides PCSOs with an understanding of dementia and the things they can do to make a difference to people living with the condition. This includes reminding people how to be safe in their home and keeping diaries to note things at the time they may not remember at a later point.

Wakefield Council's Director of Public Health Dr Andrew Furber said: "This campaign will help people living with dementia to feel safer in their community by raising awareness of doorstep crime, encouraging people to report it, not feel embarrassed if they have been a victim and linking communities to a range of supporting services.

"It is fantastic to be working partnership with the police and community pharmacies to build a dementia friendly environment for our local residents."

Chief Inspector Phill Wright, from the Wakefield Policing District, said: "Older people are often targeted by criminals as they are perceived to be vulnerable and an 'easy target'.

"In an average week at least one person in Wakefield will be the victim of a doorstep crime, with almost 90% of these being over 65 years of age. Working with ccommunity pharmacies enables police to reach out to more people and raise awareness over this type of crime."