Knitted forget-me-nots
Knitted forget-me-nots

Council chiefs in Burntwood are celebrating after the town achieved dementia-friendly status.

Burntwood Town Council has been working with local organisations to raise awareness of those living with dementia since 2019.

The efforts have now led to the accreditation by the Alzheimer’s Society.

Cllr Sue Woodward, leader of Burntwood Town Council, said:

“This was an ambition we set out for the new council in May 2019 and I am delighted that we have now been recognised as a dementia-friendly town.

“We have made positive steps in raising awareness through a whole range of activities involving the community, including the Through Our Eyes exhibition which is now at Greenwood House Health Centre.

“Thanks go to everyone across the town who has supported this ambition, from those who have crocheted forget-me-nots or planted seeds, through to members of the working group.”

Cllr Sue Woodward

Volunteers have been helping raise awareness by giving away forget-me-not seeds at community events.

Cllr Di Evans, chair of the town council’s working group, said:

“This is an issue that is very close to my heart – I’m so pleased we have gained this recognition and that we’ll be taking further initiatives forward in the months and, hopefully, years ahead.

“I’d like to pay particular tribute to Caroline Bruno of MHA Communities, Sandra Cooper of CASES and Kat Horner, our adviser, for their continuous support, and of course to our chief officer Steve Lightfoot who has taken up this idea, has run with it and made it happen.”

Cllr Di Evans

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