From the August/September 2018 issue of Dementia together magazine, Ele Yorke, in our Public Affairs and Campaigns team, reports on changing attitudes at the highest levels of government.
The way that social care is provided and paid for is extremely unfair for people affected by dementia. The government’s promise to get people’s opinions about a new social care system is one opportunity for us to address this.
'We want all MPs, Peers, parliamentary staff and civil servants to become Dementia Friends.'
We’re making the voices of people with dementia and carers heard across UK government. However, we’re also challenging politicians and civil servants to recognise that making a real difference involves everyone on a more personal level – including them.
Our Dementia Friendly Parliament project is helping Westminster work towards becoming the first dementia-friendly parliament in the world. We want all MPs, Peers, parliamentary staff and civil servants to become Dementia Friends. We also want all parliamentary buildings to be accessible and welcoming to people with dementia.
We all share responsibility to ensure that people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community.
We’ve held Dementia Friends information sessions with the Cabinet and with ministerial teams at various departments. We’ve also signed up Shadow Cabinet members as Dementia Friends, as well as many other MPs and their staff. This means that people at the highest levels of government are getting a better understanding of dementia and what needs to change.
'This will be an excellent first step in ending the injustices that people face on daily basis.'
We believe that parliament is an important place to start in creating a dementia-friendly society. If Dementia Friends in parliament and government are considering people affected by dementia, this will be an excellent first step in ending the injustices that people face on daily basis.
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