Have your say on dementia services


A CLASSIC cinema club, memory boxes, role play workshops and songs of yesteryear are just some of the ideas being pitched for funding at the Dementia Friendly Leigh Dragons’ Den event this week.

And members of the public are being asked to come along and vote for their favourite idea.

The event on Thursday at Leigh Miners on Twist Lane, is the grand finale in a series of sessions in Leigh to find out what is needed in the area to help people with dementia, their families and carers and make Leigh dementia-friendly.

The first two events, led by Wigan Council during January, saw individuals, businesses, charities, social groups and other organisations from Leigh contribute to the conversation about what was needed in the area, and now the council is asking people to come and vote on the pitches being made for the money. How the money is spent will be decided completely by the public vote.

The Dragons’ Den-style event will be held between 2pm and 4pm and the audience will hear the pitches and then be able to vote for their two preferred options. Anyone who’s not able to attend the whole event can take part in a speed vote, by popping in between noon and 2pm to meet the pitchers, view their display stands and find out about their ideas. They can then register their votes before the main event.

The votes will be counted and winners announced at the event. The new services will then work with Wigan Council on the start-up process and be up and running by the end of March.

After a similar round of events held last year, successful dementia friendly community services, chosen by the public, are already up and running in the Hindley and Scholes areas of Wigan Borough.

A Dementia Friendly Community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported, and can be confident they can contribute to community life. People will be aware of and understand dementia, and sufferers will feel involved, and have choice over their day-to-day lives.