Blackpool achieves Dementia Friendly Town status

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Organisations throughout Blackpool have rallied together under the direction of the local Dementia Action Alliance and with the support of the Blackpool Fairness Commission to make the resort a safer and more dementia friendly town.

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Over the last four years work has taken place across the town to raise awareness, increase knowledge and support for those living with dementia whilst developing approximately 6000 people to become Dementia Friends.

Local businesses and organisations, including our blue light services, Council staff and many others have also become Dementia Friendly ambassadors by taking part in the Alzheimer’s Dementia friend’s sessions.

Blackpool Transport over the last two years have worked to ensure all their staff have received dementia friends session making them the first transport company in the country to do so, such a great achievement for Blackpool.

Councillor Christine Wright is Blackpool’s older persons champion and has been an advocate for the dementia friend’s initiative since its inception.

Her work with Blackpool Transport, community groups and those living with dementia has been instrumental in ensuring Blackpool has been given the dementia friendly town status. On becoming dementia friendly, Councillor Wright stated: “I am over the moon that Blackpool has achieved Dementia Friendly Town status. I am also extremely thankful to Jane Cole from Blackpool Transport who has not only realised my wishes, but surpassed them. It just shows that working together as a team, anything is achievable.”

David Houston, chair of the Dementia Action Alliance added: “We are really pleased to have Blackpool Transport on board as a partner with the DAA.  They are leading the way in showing how local businesses in Blackpool can transform the lives of local people with dementia and their loved ones. We hope other Blackpool businesses will follow their lead and work with us to help Blackpool become a dementia friendly town.”

To maintain the dementia Friendly Town status, Blackpool partners will continue to strive towards ensuring those living with dementia and their carers have the knowledge and support required to live well. Councillor Amy Cross added: ‘Blackpool Council have made a commitment to improving the lives of those living with dementia and train all our staff and councillors around this subject. It is important that as many people as possible recognise the signs and symptoms of dementia and have the support they need.’

The success of a Fylde-wide Dementia Hub, set up in partnership with Public Health Blackpool support and in co-operation with a number of local charities, has seen more people using the services than ever before. The Dementia Hub is a ‘one stop shop’ providing support and information from a wide range of local services designed to help those affected by dementia. It’s a friendly environment, and provides access to all kinds of support for people who have been diagnosed with dementia and their carers. It might also be of interest to people who have concerns about their memory, but have not been diagnosed.

 

To celebrate the milestone, a number of activities and events are planned during Dementia Action Week from 21st – 27th May 2018. These events will take place across the Fylde Coast including Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, Clifton Hospital and many other locations. The Fylde Coast dementia Hub will play host to a special event to mark the week with a production of ‘Over the Garden Fence’ at the Grand Theatre on the 18th May. Tickets can be booked via the Eventbrite link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/over-the-garden-fence-tickets-42785765376

 

Prior to Dementia Action Week, we will be hosting the fifth annual Dancing with Dementia on June 6th at the Empress Ballroom.  To find out more contact Emily Davis on 01253 476377

Promoting Dementia Friends

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Promoting Dementia Friends

Blackpool Fairness Commission today hosted the Dementia Alliance, who came to Blackpool to deliver a special one hour training course dispelling myths and giving insights into living with Dementia. The 15 delegates on the course, from across the Public, Private and Voluntary Sector are now all accredited Dementia Friends. Blackpool Fairness Commission will continue to support the development of a local Dementia Alliance in our bid to become a Dementia Friendly town.

Radio DJ to celebrate 100 Acts of Kindness

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Radio DJ to celebrate 100 Acts of Kindness

Blackpool Fairness Commission is delighted to announce that Radio Wave Breakfast Presenter Ged Mills will be helping us to celebrate the kindness of Blackpool by officiating over the presentation of certificates at Wednesday’s Fairness Event at Norbreck Castle, 2-4pm. To book a place email fairness@blackpool.gov.uk

For information Norbreck Castle are hosting the event as their act of kindness to Blackpool Fairness Commission and Ged is kindly giving his time freely too.

Fairness Commission Open Event and Celebration of 100 Acts of Kindness

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Fairness Commission Open Event and Celebration of 100 Acts of Kindness

The 100 Acts of Kindness Campaign has been an over-whelming success!

We’d like to invite you to join us in a celebration of the Fairness Commission and the Acts of Kindness Campaign on Wednesday 4th December, 2-4pm at Norbreck Castle Hotel. A chance to celebrate and learn more about the work of the Fairness Commission and how you can get involved. To book your place email fairness@blackpool.gov.uk

100 Acts of Kindness for Blackpool Launches today!

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It’s good to be kind.

That’s the message as a special campaign to promote generosity across the town gets underway.

A quest to create 100 acts of kindness during November has been set up by Blackpool Fairness Commission, with anybody welcome to lend a hand.

Chair of the Commission, Dr Arif Rajpura, will get the campaign going with the first act of kindness – giving up his time to go digging with Groundwork’s community food growing scheme, ‘Grow Blackpool’.

Arif said: “The Fairness Commission is about levelling the playing field for Blackpool residents and making sure that everybody has a fair chance.

“That’s why I’m delighted that we are launching a campaign to do exactly that by helping people out.

“As the chair, I am delighted to start the campaign by carrying out my own act of kindness.

“Grow Blackpool do some great work encouraging people to grow their own food and eat healthily. As you can see with our first act, we are very literally rolling up our sleeves and getting stuck in to help out the community.

“We’re asking anybody who can, to lend a hand and help out a person or organisation that needs it. That could be donating food, giving advice or simply lending their time, anything that helps.”

Mike Crowther, Groundwork’s Programme Director for Communities, added: “We are really very pleased to support the 100 Acts of Kindness Campaign, an opportunity for everyone to do their bit to help other people. We are very grateful to Dr Arif Rajpura for choosing our project for his kind act and we will, in turn, do something to help another Community Group in Blackpool.”

The campaign will run throughout November and anybody can get involved in asking for help or donating their time.

The campaign is tailored to create a ton of kind gestures to help others in Blackpool. It can be as big as cooking a meal for the homeless, to as small as helping an old lady with her shopping.

To apply to help, or be helped, simply contact fairness@blackpool.gov.uk or fill in one of the kindness pledges available at Municipal Buildings or Progress House.

An awards ceremony for everybody who helped will take place in December.

Fairness Commission Events List

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Welcome to the new Blackpool Fairness Commission Website.

Our new homepage will now feature any events which are upcoming and may be of interest to you. Be sure to visit regularly to keep up to date with any upcoming events.

Here you can view the upcoming events for The Blackpool Fairness Commission.

2013:

  • Free Careers Advice to Young People – 11th October 2013, 10:30am – 2:30pm at Blackpool Football Club. Gordon Marsden is holding a ‘Blackpool Works’ event to give young people the skills to get a job. The event is free for anyone to attend and to find more information please visit Gordon Marsden’s Website.
  • Beach Clean Events – Please visit www.lovemybeach.org for information about Blackpool Beach Cleans and how to get involved.

Tell us about your event

We would also like to display any events you have upcoming which may be relevant to display on here. If you have any events which you would like to mention, please email fairness@blackpool.gov.uk with the details and we will publish this onto our events page.

To view any news articles relating to Blackpool Fairness Commission, please follow this link: https://blackpoolfairness.wordpress.com/background-reading/news-archive/.

Blackpool achieves Dementia Friendly Town status

Organisations throughout Blackpool have rallied together under the direction of the local Dementia Action Alliance and with the support of the Blackpool Fairness Commission to make the resort a safer and more dementia friendly town.

Over the last four years work has taken place across the town to raise awareness, increase knowledge and support for those living with dementia whilst developing approximately 6000 people to become Dementia Friends.

Local businesses and organisations, including our blue light services, Council staff and many others have also become Dementia Friendly ambassadors by taking part in the Alzheimer’s Dementia friend’s sessions.

Blackpool Transport over the last two years have worked to ensure all their staff have received dementia friends session making them the first transport company in the country to do so, such a great achievement for Blackpool.

Councillor Christine Wright is Blackpool’s older persons champion and has been an advocate for the dementia friend’s initiative since its inception.
Her work with Blackpool Transport, community groups and those living with dementia has been instrumental in ensuring Blackpool has been given the dementia friendly town status. On becoming dementia friendly, Councillor Wright stated: “I am over the moon that Blackpool has achieved Dementia Friendly Town status. I am also extremely thankful to Jane Cole from Blackpool Transport who has not only realised my wishes, but surpassed them. It just shows that working together as a team, anything is achievable.”

David Houston, chair of the Dementia Action Alliance added: “We are really pleased to have Blackpool Transport on board as a partner with the DAA. They are leading the way in showing how local businesses in Blackpool can transform the lives of local people with dementia and their loved ones. We hope other Blackpool businesses will follow their lead and work with us to help Blackpool become a dementia friendly town.”

To maintain the dementia Friendly Town status, Blackpool partners will continue to strive towards ensuring those living with dementia and their carers have the knowledge and support required to live well. Councillor Amy Cross added: ‘Blackpool Council have made a commitment to improving the lives of those living with dementia and train all our staff and councillors around this subject. It is important that as many people as possible recognise the signs and symptoms of dementia and have the support they need.’

The success of a Fylde-wide Dementia Hub, set up in partnership with Public Health Blackpool support and in co-operation with a number of local charities, has seen more people using the services than ever before. The Dementia Hub is a ‘one stop shop’ providing support and information from a wide range of local services designed to help those affected by dementia. It’s a friendly environment, and provides access to all kinds of support for people who have been diagnosed with dementia and their carers. It might also be of interest to people who have concerns about their memory, but have not been diagnosed.

To celebrate the milestone, a number of activities and events are planned during Dementia Action Week from 21st – 27th May 2018. These events will take place across the Fylde Coast including Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, Clifton Hospital and many other locations. The Fylde Coast dementia Hub will play host to a special event to mark the week with a production of ‘Over the Garden Fence’ at the Grand Theatre on the 18th May. Tickets can be booked via the Eventbrite link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/over-the-garden-fence-tickets-42785765376

Prior to Dementia Action Week, we will be hosting the fifth annual Dancing with Dementia on June 6th at the Empress Ballroom. To find out more contact Emily Davis on 01253 476377