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Droitwich businesses set for dementia support training as council back plans

Droitwich Editorial 20th Jun, 2024   0

COUNCILLORS across parties in Droitwich have supported plans to offer dementia awareness training to businesses in the town following quite a moving motion.

Droitwich Spa Town councillors voted unanimously to support the motion at a full meeting of the council on Monday (June 17).

The town council plan to work with Droitwich CVS, Droitwich Spa Business Association and Worcestershire County Council to help Age UK deliver the training to all businesses who work directly with the public in some capacity.

Training may include ensuring shops are dementia friendly in their layout while supporting workers to understand how to recognise signs of dementia and how to interact with those living with the disease.

The motion was bought forward by an emotional Councillor Rick Deller, who spoke of the personal impacts dementia can have on an individual and their families.

Coun Deller highlighted Droitwich’s ageing population and the ever increasing statistics which show one in 11 over 65’s have dementia – a number which is increasing and equates to more than 944,000 people living with the condition in the UK.

“This is very personal for me as my dad has dementia. I’ve seen the effect this had on him. This horrendous disease affects the carer most of all and if we can give peace of mind to them that would be very much welcomed,” he added.

Coun Richard Morris who seconded the motion said Worcestershire County Council have already ‘welcomed’ and ‘offered support’ for the plans. He will now discuss with the relevant bodies to see how the county council can support.

“Thank you for bringing this forward. We can clearly see how important it is to yourself. I know you speak on behalf of many families who are affected as well,” Coun Morris added.

Droitwich Spa Town Council, who will work as facilitators of the scheme, will consider scope for financial contribution and partial funding for service and deliver costs.

These will then be referred to the council’s resources committee for approval.

As well as offering their support for the proposals, councillors across the chamber have agreed to take part in the training scheme when available.

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