Community worker to tackle dementia in Yate

March 01 2015

Yate Town Council has appointed a new Community Development Worker, in Yate.

Cllr Tony Davis with Debbie Woolley

Yate Town Council has appointed a new Community Development Worker, in Yate.
Debbie Woolley will work to help make Yate a Dementia Friendly town.
Debbie will be working closely with community groups, local residents and businesses in Yate to raise awareness of the needs of people living with dementia.
This will involve asking people living with Dementia and their carers what changes they would like to see in Yate and provide the support and services around these needs.
Debbie says “I am very excited about this new position. I have a lot of experience of supporting people living with dementia and have a passion for this type of work. It would be great to see Yate becoming a dementia friendly community a welcoming place for people living with dementia and their carers to live in.”
Councillor Tony Davis who has become a Dementia Champion says “Dementia can affect the whole life of the person who has it, as well as their family. By raising awareness and making some changes within the town we very much hope that we can promote independence for people living with dementia”
Part of Debbie’s role is also to look into creating a volunteer car share scheme within the town. Councillor Sue Walker has been campaigning for more community transport to plug the gap where public and community transport are unable to deliver eg transport to local lunch clubs, hospitals, specialist medical services and for those without access or unable to use existing facilities.
Debbie will be working with volunteers within the town to get the car share scheme off the ground.
If anyone would like more information about becoming involved in the volunteer car share scheme or more information about Dementia and Dementia Friends please email info@yatetowncouncil.gov.uk.