The Dementia Friendly Cardiff website will be ‘one-stop shop’ of valuable information about services and support in the city to assist people living with dementia to live well in the capital.
Dementia Friendly Cardiff is a partnership between Cardiff Council, Alzheimer’s Society Cymru and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, that over recent years has been working towards making Cardiff a more dementia-friendly community.
Developed in consultation with partners, businesses and those living with dementia and their families, the accessible website provides localised information on support available in the city from organisations such as Alzheimer’s Society Cymru, the Memory Clinic, Public Health Wales and Carers Wales as well as services such as the council’s Independent Living Services, Meals on Wheels and Telecare.
The site will also include details of dementia-friendly events, initially on digital platforms at this current time, but physical events at a later date when appropriate.
Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Wellbeing, Cllr Susan Elsmore, said: “Cardiff has been on a journey over recent years looking at how we can deliver services that are dementia friendly, how our buildings can be more accessible to people living with dementia, and how we can encourage partners and local businesses to make the small changes that can mean a big difference to someone living with dementia.
“There is expected to be 7,000 people in Cardiff living with dementia by 2025 and it is essential that the city is geared up not only to support them, but their families and carers. We are fully committed to this work, which forms a key part of our Capital Ambition for the city.
“The Dementia-Friendly Cardiff website is our new shop window for all the initiatives, organisations and services that can support people and their families to get the best out of life following diagnosis. We hope that everyone visiting the site finds it valuable.
“At a time when we are facing continued uncertainties because of the pandemic, when many people will be feeling isolated and anxious about leaving home, this website will be an invaluable source of information to keep people connected and well informed about dementia-friendly provision.”
To mark the launch of the website today, Cardiff City Hall will be lit up in blue and yellow lights – the colours of the Alzheimer’s Society Cymru’s Dementia Friends Forget-me-not logo.
Dr Suzanne Wood, Consultant in Public Health Medicine at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said: “We work with a wide range of organisations to ensure that people living with dementia and their carers are able to feel valued members of our communities.
“The Dementia Friendly Cardiff partnership is taking real steps towards building a more inclusive society and the new website will be a fantastic resource for people living with dementia and their carers.
“Now more than ever, we need to provide our community members with opportunities to engage with others to reduce social isolation and improve mental wellbeing. The Dementia Friendly Cardiff website will pull together a wide range of tailored information which will support people living with dementia and their carers to stay connected, enjoy hobbies, and build relationships.”
Sue Phelps, Country Director for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru said:“We all have a role to play in making sure people affected by with dementia feel understood, valued and are able to contribute to their community. Our ongoing partnership with Cardiff Council and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board to make Cardiff more dementia-friendly is central to this. We welcome the new website which offers a wealth of information and resources to help people in Cardiff live well with dementia, including Alzheimer’s Society Cymru’s new Dementia Connect service.”
Visit the Dementia Friendly Cardiff website at https://dementiafriendlycardiff.co.uk/