Reminiscence Learning, based in Wellington, is to lead training of Taunton Deane council staff in dementia-awareness through the Archie Project..
Council vans and vehicles serving the local community are now sporting a new logo to show that staff have been trained to be dementia-aware.
The stickers feature Archie, the Reminiscence Learning (RL) scarecrow mascot and the inspiration behind their inter-generational dementia awareness Archie Project, currently being delivered in primary schools across Somerset.
Fiona Mahoney, Chief Executive at Reminiscence Learning, said: “The training has two important aspects – firstly to provide the dementia knowledge required as part of their job and secondly to encourage early diagnosis should they recognise the symptoms within family and friends.”
Now staff who are out and about – whether on housing, maintenance or grounds duty – will be able to demonstrate they are aware of the condition that affects so many.
It will also reassure friends and families of those with dementia that staff will not be fazed by the condition. The stickers will be displayed on all vehicles and it is hoped that the example will be followed by others.
Wellington councillor Vivienne Stock-Williams, who holds the health and wellbeing brief for Taunton Deane Borough Council, said: “This is a simple but effective step to take. Dementia is a condition that affects the lives of many in our community and those who care for them. We all have an important role to play in increasing awareness within our community of the special needs of those with dementia in order to improve their quality of life”.