Improving health and wellbeing outcomes in our communities

Training councillors in dementia awareness


South Tyneside Council

South Tyneside Council is leading the way in developing a new approach to helping people with dementia. Leading from the front, the majority of councillors are trained as “Dementia Friends” and plans are in place to extend the training to more front-line teams from housing staff to parking attendants. Dementia Friends is a national initiative run by the Alzheimer's Society. It aims to increase awareness of dementia and change the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about dementia. By becoming Dementia Friends, the Council is a step nearer achieving dementia-friendly status which aims to help people living with dementia, and their carers, remain part of their community for longer, supporting them to live better lives.

The LGA Labour Group exists to fight the corner for Labour councillors at a national level, both within
the cross-party Local Government Association and with the Labour Party at Westminster. The Group provide a strong voice for Labour councillors and act as a platform for ideas and innovation for all those committed to an effective localist element to Labour politics and policies.

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