In 2016 Southwark was awarded the status of Working to Become A Dementia Friendly Community by the Alzheimer’s Society. One of only a handful of London boroughs to have been accepted onto this recognition process, this shows that Southwark is making significant efforts to become  'a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported, and confident they can contribute to community life. In a dementia-friendly community people will be aware of and understand dementia, and people with dementia will feel included and involved, and have choice and control over their day-to-day lives.' Communities like Southwark which have applied and been accepted onto this programme must report back to the DFC team at the Alzheimer’s Society on a six-month and annual assessment basis to update on their progress. 

 

As Southwark is now part of the Dementia Friendly Communities Recognition Process, members of the Southwark Dementia Action Alliance are now entitled to use the Working to Become Dementia Friendly timestamp on their literature and website and display a sticker of the timestamp at their premises. For more information on how to obtain this timestamp and sticker please contact the Southwark Dementia Action Alliance Co-ordinator at caroline.clipson@alzheimers.org.uk