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Commissioner Becomes Dementia Friend


PCC Barry Coppinger with Dementia Friends

Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, has become a ‘Dementia Friend’ thanks to a training session delivered by Dave Mead from Safe in Tees Valley, who coordinates the Cleveland Police Cadets.

The session was delivered to the Commissioner, together with members of the Cleveland Police Communities and Partnerships Team, and involved learning more about what it's like to live with dementia and then turning that understanding into action to make life better for people living with dementia in the local community.

The training forms part of a series of activities which the Police Cadets have been involved in around support for people living with dementia.

Mr Coppinger said: “There are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, and it is becoming increasingly important for services such as the Police to better understand this condition, to enable front line staff to recognise the signs and provide appropriate support.

“I am committed to ensuring that Cleveland is a dementia friendly place to live, where vulnerable people who are living with this condition are supported within their communities.

“I am very proud of the work which our Police Cadets do, and am delighted that several of them are now trained as dementia friends and actively working with vulnerable people in the community to provide support.”

Later this week the Commissioner will be attending a special screening of White Christmas at the Regent cinema in Redcar, where people living with dementia, together with their carers, will be welcomed by the Cadets who will act as ushers for the afternoon.


Posted on Monday 7th December 2015
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