Atherton next to become dementia friendly

Atherton next to become dementia friendly

Do you have an idea which will improve the life of someone living with dementia?

Atherton is the next area in Wigan Borough to become dementia friendly and residents are being asked for their ideas.

A dementia-friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported and confident they can contribute to community life.

There is an opportunity to access a small amount of funding to support local ideas and projects in Atherton so the area can receive ‘dementia friendly’ status.

Wigan Council is asking residents to book onto a session and share their suggestions.

It is estimated around 3,200 people in the borough have dementia although it may be more as many people do not receive formal diagnosis.

Cllr Keith Cunliffe, cabinet member for adult social care and health at Wigan Council, said: “We have made huge strides towards making Wigan Borough dementia friendly and I’m delighted this work can continue as part of The Deal for Adult Social Care. We are committed to making sure people diagnosed with dementia and their carers participate in the community and feel valued."

Residents are encouraged to share their ideas for the community by booking onto a session at Atherton Central Methodist Church, High Street, Atherton.

Information sessions:

  • Thursday 26th November 12.30-2.30pm
  • Thursday 10th December 12.30-2.30pm

To book a place on the sessions call 01942 404252 or email

At a final session on Thursday 28th January from 12.30pm - 3.30pm ideas for the area will be showcased and residents can vote on which idea they think best supports people living with dementia.

For more information about dementia friendly communities and to see what has already been achieved across the borough with the funding visit Dementia friendly web page.

Posted on Wednesday 25th November 2015

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