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Law firm trying to make Newbury more 'dementia friendly'

Staff from Irwin Mitchell support new forum to help people living with condition

Dan Cooper

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A NEWBURY law firm is trying to make the town more dementia-friendly by supporting the launch of a new forum to help people living with the illness.

Staff from Irwin Mitchell’s Newbury office are working with the West Berkshire Dementia Action Alliance (WBDAA) to be part of the Newbury Dementia Friendly Community Forum (NDFCF).

The aim of the forum is to help people to live well with dementia in the community.

It brings together businesses and community members to look at ways to make changes that introduce new activities and social opportunities for people living with dementia and their carers.

Ben Saunders and Stewart Stretton-Hill, experts in elderly and vulnerable client issues at Irwin Mitchell, are heavily involved in the NDFCF.

Mr Saunders, who is chairing the forum meetings, is a Dementia Friends Champion, trained by the Alzheimer’s Society to encourage others to understand how to help people living with dementia.

“Launching the forum is a great way to get local business representatives and members of the public together to try and work out ways to make the town more dementia-friendly,” he said.

Mr Stretton-Hill, one of Irwin Micthell’s senior associate solicitors and a Dementia Friend, is chairing the WBDAA.

The forum is now meeting once a month and Irwin Mitchell staff supported a reminiscence afternoon tea with singing and music from the past at the Fair Close Day Centre, last week.

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