Brent pledges to become a dementia-friendly borough by 2020

24 May 2018

The first ever alliance dementia conference in Brent sees Community Action on Dementia (CAD) Brent, Brent Clinical Commissioning Group and Brent Council make a promise to become a dementia-friendly borough by 2020.

The 'Together for a Dementia-Friendly Brent 2020' conference took place at the Brent Civic Centre on 24 May 2018 during Dementia Week. Key partners, businesses, statutory agencies and volunteer organisations across Brent, as well as people living with dementia and their carers were in attendance.

There was a line-up of guest speakers, sessions on living with dementia and caring for someone with dementia and Dementia Friends. There were also roundtable discussions on what more Brent needs to do to become dementia-friendly.

The purpose of the conference was to outline and develop further plans on how everyone working together can meet the seven criteria set out by the Alzheimer's Society to become a dementia-friendly borough and our strategic priorities to achieve them.

Councillor Harbi Farah, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: "The Mayor of London has made a commitment to making London the world's first dementia-friendly capital; we are taking this further by making Brent a dementia-friendly borough.

"Brent will be a place where every person living with dementia - no matter who they are or where they live - are understood, respected and supported so that they can continue to live in the way they want to and in the community they choose."

Danny Maher, Chair of CAD Brent and Ashford Place, said:

"CAD-Brent has been developing a dementia-friendly borough in Brent since 2014. We are proud of the work we have already done but there is so much more we can achieve together to build on this momentum, harness the local community, and accelerate progress to our shared goal."

Dr Ethie Kong, Chair of NHS Brent Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

"As many as 3000 people live with dementia in Brent. Although help from health and care services is important, for people affected by dementia to live well requires help and understanding from their local community. This event is a crucial start to bringing everyone in Brent - from local health and care services, the voluntary sector and local shops, to book clubs and faith communities - help to create a community where people living with dementia feel active, engaged and valued."

There was a market place area with information and advice stalls on a variety of topics including dementia-related legal and financial issues, healthy lifestyle and eating habits.