The estimated number of people living with dementia in Surrey is over 16,000. More locally in Woking it is thought to be over 1,200, or just over 1% of the population, however the impact of dementia has a far more reaching effect.
The Council firmly believes that individuals can live well with dementia and that by working together to develop Dementia Friendly Communities, the experience of individuals and their families can only be enhanced.
There are a number of services and activities available in Woking for people with dementia and their families and carers:
Dementia Friendly Handyperson Service
The Homelink Handyperson service can provide colour contrasting grab rails, toilet seats, mirror frames and signage, to help people remain in their homes. The Handyperson can also help with other small adaptations or repairs that you may not be able to carry out yourself. Phone 01483 743668 or email email@example.com
Weekly information and advice drop-in
Run by the Alzheimer's Society on behalf of Woking Borough Council and held at The Vyne Wellbeing Centre, Knaphill, the drop-in offers information and support to people living with dementia and their carers on a one-to-one basis. Phone 01483 743558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Woking Carers Choir
Held at The Vyne, Knaphill, this is a monthly singing group for people with dementia and their carers to attend together. It is a fun, relaxed, informal environment suitable for anyone who enjoys music and singing and is open to all abilities. For more information, details and dates visit wokingcarerschoir or phone 01483 743696.
Dementia Groups run by Home Instead
Musical Memories - held every 3rd Tuesday of the month, 2-4pm at Brockhill.
Down Memory Lane - A service of traditional hymns and readings, followed by tea. Every 4th Thursday 2.30pm at Church of the Good Shepherd, Pyrford.
Forget-me-not Café - at Brockhill every 4th Wednesday of the month, 2-4pm.
Creative lunch offers two interactive sessions with a shared lunch in between. Carers can take part in the sessions as well if they wish. The sessions run several times a month. Advanced booking is required by calling 01483 743696 or email email@example.com. Held at The Vyne, Knaphill.
Council Tax Reduction
There are certain conditions that qualify for a reduction in Council Tax if they are in receipt of a qualifying benefit, which includes people who are severely mentally impaired or have a diagnosis of dementia. To find out whether or not you might be eligible, contact Council Tax on 01483 755855.
Dementia Friendly Swimming
Swimming sessions are led by a qualified Amateur Swimming Association teacher and designed specifically to help people with dementia enjoy the water, whatever their ability. Held at Woking Pool in the Park during term times. To book, call Freedom Leisure on 01483 771122.
The Woking Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) involves a wide variety of stakeholders and partners, including Woking Borough Council and the Alzheimer's Society, working together towards creating dementia-friendly communities across the Borough.
The first area in Woking to set up its own local DAA was Goldsworth Park in 2017, and now Woking as a whole has a steering group to help coordinate the activities of the wider community.
There are DAAs all over the country, committed to transforming the quality of life for people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them.
Woking DAA has identified the following priority areas:
- to seek out best practice and influence other organisations to replicate similar actions
- to encourage ongoing social movement towards creating dementia friendly communities
- to help dementia friendly communities receive recognition for their work
- to raise the general public's awareness of the dementia friendly environments
- to raise awareness amongst people affected by dementia of the increasing accessibility of organisations that can help them.
To find out more about how to get your organisation involved in the Woking DAA, which meets quarterly at venues across the Borough, please see Woking's page on the Dementia Action Alliance website.
You can also find out what support is available to you during Dementia Action Week, which will next take place between 21 and 27 May 2018.
Dementia Friendly Communities
The project aims to reduce isolation, anxiety and exclusion, and improve the quality of life for people with dementia, their families and carers.
The project will empower people to share information to increase the level of awareness and understanding of dementia in the local community.
Locking Cooker Valve
This is a free, lockable safety device which is fitted to the existing gas cooker pipework, which means that the cooker cannot be unintentionally turned on or left on when a carer or relative is out of the room.
Surrey Reminiscence Library
The Reminiscence Collection is held at Redhill library. It is designed to be used by individuals and healthcare professionals caring for and supporting people with dementia, memory impairment or loss.
The collection consists of a wide range of materials for use in reminiscence therapy. It includes music, DVDs, flashcards, posters, toys and books: textbooks, activity books and themed books for browsing. The collection aims to stimulate memories of life from the 1920s onwards.
It service includes local library collection points, a free catalogue for reminiscence professionals and is a free service for registered users.
Fore information visit the Surrey Libraries website.