People across Dorset invited to help make the county dementia-friendly

Broadcaster, journalist and presenter, Angela Rippon OBE, has welcomed an alliance that hopes to transform the lives of people with dementia in Dorset.

The new Dorset Dementia Action Alliance will be launched at the county's first Dementia Friendly Dorset conference on Friday 18 March.

Anyone who is interested in making Dorset dementia-friendly is invited to the free event which will take place on 18 March between 10am – 4pm at Athelhampton House, a spectacular 15th century manor house situated in the heart of Dorset.

Angela Rippon, OBE, Alzheimer's Society Ambassador and co-chair of the Dementia Friendly Communities Champions Group said:

'As an Alzheimer's Society ambassador, I know how important it is to challenge the stereotypes surrounding dementia and work in partnership with others so people with dementia feel supported and can live well in their own communities.

'I welcome the launch of the Dorset Dementia Action Alliance and its aim of bringing key stakeholders, community and business leaders together to improve the lives of people with dementia in the area. We are encouraging a range of organisations in regions, towns, cities and villages nationwide such as bus companies, taxi firms, police forces, fire services, high street traders, care providers, local associations, schools and many more to sign up to be part of a Dementia Action Alliance.

'850,000 people in the UK are currently diagnosed with dementia and this condition affects not just the person diagnosed but their family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues – in fact, all of us in the community. 

'That's why projects like this are so important in raising awareness and putting plans into action to support all those affected by dementia have a better quality of life, now and in the future.

'Thank you to everyone involved in the excellent progress of the dementia-friendly communities in Dorset. Keep up the good work.'

The aim of the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) is to help create a community where people with dementia feel confident, understood and supported to live well.

In addition to highlighting the current work of dementia-friendly communities across Dorset and launching the Dorset DAA, the conference will include a number of talks and workshops. The conference is sponsored by Bluebird Care Dorset.

Limited spaces are available. People wishing to attend the conference will need to book in advance by emailing by Monday 22 February. For further information email the address above or call 01202 764352.