Corbridge Parish Council have teamed up with Alzheimer’s Society Northumberland to develop the village as a Dementia Friendly Community. Essentially this means that we are working to increase dementia awareness and understanding locally so that people affected by dementia still feel comfortable using local facilities and businesses and do not become isolated. We want people with dementia to feel that if they were to become confused whilst out and about in Corbridge, that they would be supported by members of their community. This is something we know Corbridge residents are already very good at, and so it is a great opportunity to get some official recognition for this welcoming and supportive community.
We are delivering a number of information sessions around the village to various groups and organisations including, schools, businesses, religious groups, WIs and Rotary Clubs. If you would like an information session, or an information pack, please contact Melvyn Stone, Parish Councillor and local lead on the Dementia Friendly Community work on 07803 955 148. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also a variety of activities taking place in Corbridge for people with dementia and their families, friends or carers to get involved with. These include a weekly supported walking group in the Spring and Summer months, and the monthly ‘Memory Café’ at Corbridge Parish Hall. The Memory Café is a social gathering for people with dementia and their carers and offers an opportunity to pick up information in an informal, friendly environment. The Café is supported by Chrysalis at Tynedale and Alzheimer’s Society Northumberland. People are invited to drop in to the café, there is no need to book, however Melvyn Stone can be contacted for further information.