HCC Sixth Form were extremely pleased and proud when Honiton Dementia Action Alliance was named Dementia Friendly Rural community of the year at the annual Alzheimer’s Society Awards ceremony at Church House Westminster on 30th November.
As part of their curriculum, our sixth form students are all trained in Dementia Awareness with some further volunteering at the memory café. Representing HDAA and to receive the award were Chairman Heather Penwarden along with Min Rennolds Honiton Memory Café Coordinator and Ben Willis and Victoria Price Honiton our Year 13 students who volunteer at Honiton Memory Café.
The Dementia Friendly Awards are about celebrating the people projects and organisations who understand the challenge of dementia and are making the changes much needed in their communities.
Jeremy Hughes CBE and Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society welcomed about 200 nominees and guests to the sit down champagne lunch saying how astounded he was by the breadth and calibre of the 400 nominations received this year and commended the judging panel made up of people living with dementia along with national experts from the world of dementia.
In announcing the winner Angela Rippon OBE and Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society said “this award recognises a community who have shown evidence of exemplar planning, progress and impact towards being dementia-friendly”.
Following a formal on stage presentation of the award Heather said,
“This is truly an award for a community – our community – where individuals of all ages, voluntary groups, businesses and organisations all understand that life does not end with a diagnosis of dementia and do amazing things to help people live well with dementia. If everyone who has helped Honiton work towards becoming dementia friendly was here today then there would not be enough room for them all on the stage.”