Has a business or an individual you know made life better for people living with dementia? Nominate them now for the Dementia Friendly Kent Awards.
These awards are a chance to recognise the work going on across the county by organisations, projects and people to make Kent more dementia friendly.
There are eight categories in this year’s awards:
Intergenerational activity award – Any activity bringing young people and people living with dementia together to achieve a shared goal
Community Project Award – Any project which is initiated by or driven by local residents
Outreach Award – Any Institution such as hospitals and care homes which outreach into the community
Partnership Project Award – Examples of partnership work at its best, with a minimum of three partners
Inspirational Person living with dementia – Those living with dementia who have done something to inspire others
Inspirational Volunteer Award – Volunteers who have gone that extra mile supporting people with dementia and/or Dementia Friendly Communities
Innovative Team Award – Teams across Kent who have been innovative in looking for solutions
Dementia Friendly Business Award – local businesses who have made changes while working to become dementia friendly
Graham Gibbens, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “Businesses, charities, organisations and individuals across Kent are making a real difference to improving the experiences of people living with dementia.
“We are all likely to know someone who is living with dementia and it is all of our responsibility to make sure our communities are inclusive and support them to lead fulfilled and happy lives.
“These awards aim to recognise those who are leading the way and going above and beyond in supporting people living with dementia.”
Nominations close on 5 September and can be made online, on paper or with a video lasting up to 5 minutes. They will be judged by people living with dementia.
The winners will be announced at the 2016 Kent Dementia Awards on 24 October at The Oasis Academy, Isle of Sheppey.
Kent County Council is part of the Kent Dementia Action Alliance, along with colleagues in health, councils, businesses and the voluntary sector which are all working together to make Kent a better place for people living with dementia.
The Dementia Action Alliance aims to make Kent more inclusive of people with dementia, reduce stigma and increase awareness and understanding of the condition. Kent now has 400 Dementia Champions who have recruited and trained more than 20,000 Dementia Friends across the county and more online. There are eight Dementia Action Alliances and 14 areas registered as working to become dementia friendly.
For more information on how to enter, visit www.dementiafriendlykent.org.uk/awards.