Council unites with partners to support Dementia Awareness Week

The District Council in partnership with the Forest of Dean Dementia Alliance has organised a series of events in the District in support of Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from Monday 21 to Sunday 27 May.

Over 11 days, members of the Alliance will be visiting various locations across the district chatting to residents and providing information about dementia and the support available for people living with condition.

Councillor Paul Hiett, Cabinet Member for Communities said: “Dementia is something that is close to most people’s hearts and the Council is delighted to work in partnership with the Forest of Dean Dementia Action Alliance to support these events to raise awareness across the district during Dementia Awareness Week.”  

For more information about dementia contact Lena Maller, Community Engagement Officer on 01594 812609 or email

The events will run as follows:        

Tuesday 22 May   9.30am - 7.00pm     Tesco, Lydney       
Wednesday 23 May    9.30am - 3.30pm   Info Bus, Prince of Wales, Staunton
Thursday 24 May   2.30pm - 4.30pm   Sedbury Space 
Thursday 24 May  10.00am - 3.00pm Tesco, Chepstow 
Thursday 24 May    9.30am - 5.00pm     Orchard Trust, Upper Stowfield, Lydbrook 
Friday 25 May     9.30am - 3.30pm     Info Bus, Newent Market House 
Friday 25 May         9.30am - 3.30pm    Tesco, Lydney 
Tuesday 29 May  9.30am - 3.30pm  Info Bus, Co-op, Cinderford 
Wednesday 30 May 10.00am - 3.00pm  Info Bus, Lydney Fun Day, Bathurst Park 
Thursday 31 May 9.30am - 3.00pm     Westbury Court Care Home, Westbury-on-Severn 
Friday 1 June        9.30am - 3.30pm    Info Bus, Beechenhurst

Additional Information

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders, that is, conditions affecting the brain.  There are many different types of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common.  Some people may have a combination of types of dementia.  Regardless of which type is diagnosed, each person will experience dementia in their own unique way.

The Alzheimer’s Society (2015) reports that there are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today.  Of these, approximately, 42,000 are people with young onset dementia, which affects people under the age of 65.  As a person’s age increases, so does the risk of them developing dementia.  It is estimated that the number of people living with dementia in the UK by 2025 will rise to over 1 million.  Rates of diagnosis are improving, but many people with dementia are thought to still be undiagnosed.

Approximately 50% of us know someone who is living with dementia and there are thought to be over 2,500 people living with dementia in the Forest of Dean district; this figure is predicted to rise by over 40% in the next 15 years.

Research completed by the Alzheimer’s Society revealed 44% of people with dementia feel they have lost their friends after being diagnosed, while 67% say they don’t always feel part of their community.

The Forest of Dean Dementia Action Alliance is a partnership of organisations and individuals who are working together to:

  • Make sure that everyone in the district living with dementia is respected and supported to continue to enjoy living their lives in their own community as well as possible, for as long as possible.
  • To support the wider community to understand dementia and inspire and enable people to do things which contribute to a dementia friendly community, which are generally more welcoming communities.
  • To develop an informal network of local community champions who will support each other and the wider community.

For more information about dementia visit

Follow the Dementia Awareness Week campaign on social media using the following hashtags: #DAW2018 #UnitedAgainstDementia


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