Following our recent nomination, we are delighted to say that Brecon Dementia Friendly Community has been awarded Runner-up in the category for Outstanding Contribution to Dementia Friendly Communities by the Alzheimer's Society. More than 300 applications were submitted for seven categories, and Brecon Dementia Friendly Community was one of only four finalists in this category. The award was presented to Rhiannon Davies and Joan Brown, who jointly Chair Brecon DFC, at an award ceremony in London yesterday. The event was hosted by television presenter, Angela Rippon (pictured below).
At the ceremony yesterday Rhiannon and Joan said "We are absolutely delighted to be collecting this award on behalf of everyone in our community who has helped make our vision a reality. It is a real team effort and we are so proud of what has been achieved so far - so thank you to everyone."
The winner of the Outstanding Contribution category went to Dyneley House Surgery. The surgery is part of NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group. Earlier this year, the Surgery took the pioneering step of adapting the Practice to become "dementia friendly".
This included full redecoration of the patient waiting areas using contrasting paintwork between walls and doorways, solid colour carpets, displaying images of local scenes and familiar objects, installing a dementia-friendly clock with clear figures and date display and contrasting toilet seats and light switches. Click on the link below to read more about the Surgery's work.
Pictured below at the Award Ceremony are Rhiannon Davies, Joan Brown and Angela Rippon, together with Jeremy Hughes, CEO, Alzheimer's Society UK and Sue Phelps, Director of The Alzheimer's Society Wales.