We need to create more communities and businesses that are dementia friendly, so that people affected by dementia feel understood and included, and that they can confidently contribute to community life.
Everyone, from governments and health boards, to the local corner shop and hairdresser, have a responsibility to make sure people with dementia feel active, engaged and valued.
In December 2016, Wrexham AFC received official status from Alzheimer’s Society and recognised for our work in becoming a Dementia Friendly Community. To retain this official status, the club entered into an agreed action plan to be completed in time to receive another 12 months of official recognition.
One of those actions was completed on Monday, 2 October, when the playing squad attended a Dementia Friends session in the board room at The Racecourse.
It was humbling to see young players engaging during the session delivered by Joanne Lane, the dementia friendly community coordinator for North Wales and supported by club owner, Dave Mainwaring. Equally humbling was seeing club photographer – Jim Roberts – appreciating the importance of dementia awareness at WAFC and showing his support for this amazing initiative.
On the day, we saw how Joanne delivered the sessions in a fun and informal way that kept everyone’s attention throughout. The sessions last for less than one hour and are delivered periodically at The Racecourse. Details of these will be announced as and when dates are confirmed.