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Memory Matters project picks up local award

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY AWARDS twoBlack Country Partnership are celebrating after the introduction of a memory awareness project has led to an award win at Wolverhampton’s Dementia Action Alliance awards.

Memory Matters was awarded the Innovation in the Community Award for its community work in raising awareness of memory issues and signposting people with concerns to access the correct support for them.

Memory Matters was launched by the City of Wolverhampton Council in partnership with the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group and the Alzheimer's Society.

The project enables people to interact with professionals who offer reassurance, advice and guidance to those who are concerned that they are becoming a bit forgetful, or are worried about a friend or relative.

Trust day service community nurses work in partnership with local authority social workers at each session, assessing whether someone's memory loss is anything more serious, such as the onset of dementia, and direct them towards appropriate help and support.

The collaborative working between health and social care has helped improve dementia diagnosis rates in the local community.

Wendy Goodall, Day Service Manager, received the award on behalf of the Trust, jointly with staff from Wolverhampton Carers Team.

Speaking about the win Wendy said, “Awards like this recognise and reward inspirational and innovative work that is making a real difference to patient care and experience.

“Winning the award is a welcomed recognition; a real boost to all those that are involved with the project and we are thrilled to receive the award.

“Memory Matters is a great concept that aims to benefit those in the community and we look forward to building on the work that is currently happening with local authority partners and continuing with its success.”

Memory Matters takes place at Wednesfield Community Hub, Well Lane, on the first Tuesday of the month from 10.00am - 3.00pm.