KNITTERS and crafters are being asked to help create an unforgettable display to promote Tameside as a dementia friendly borough.
Tameside Council’s public health team and partners are planning to decorate local landmarks and community meeting points with hand-made and home-grown forget-me-not flowers – the Dementia Friends logo – as part of activities to highlight Dementia Awareness Week from May 14-21, 2017.
Schools and community groups across the Borough are already busy making and growing forget-me-nots but more people are needed to get involved to help create the displays.
Anyone who wants to knit or crochet a forget me not can download the pattern at http://www.tameside.gov.uk/TamesideMBC/media/PressReleases/Forget_Me_Not_to_knit_or_croch
Work should be dopped off at Mossley Library in George Lawton Hall.
Tameside Council is also supporting the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends campaign.
This aims to make life a little easier for people living with dementia, by encouraging as many people as possible to become dementia friends and help create a more dementia-friendly society.
Becoming a Friend does not involve raising money for charity or donating your time on a regular basis.
It simply asks that Friends remember what they have learned and put it into practice when they meet someone who might need their help.
You can become a Friend in one of three ways:
l Watching a video – There is a range of films available, designed to address the needs of different staff roles. This takes 10 minutes.
l Reading a booklet
l Attending a face-to-face information session led by a Dementia Friends Champion. This takes around an hour.
Champions will be delivering Dementia Friends’ Sessions in venues across Tameside. Please visit https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/ to book onto a session near you.
Tameside Council Executive Member responsible for Health, Cllr Cooney, said: “Whether you can make forget-me-nots to help raise awareness or become a dementia friend – this is a great opportunity to show your support and help us make Tameside more dementia friendly.”
For further information, contact Public Health Programme Officer Angela Wild on 0161 342 3477.