The Dementia Action Forum is a community voluntary group made up of people in Derby and South Derbyshire who are living with dementia (including family carers). The group believes that the person with dementia and their carer are a team and should be considered together. What affects one directly affects the well-being of the other.
The Forum gives people with dementia a unified and more effective voice. The group is keen to forge strong links with existing organisations and influential people in social and health care services within Derby, who recognize and acknowledge the benefits of an improved focus on dementia.
The Dementia Action Forum seeks to:
- Gather views on issues and needs across the community of people living with dementia in Derby.
- Identify examples of good practice and areas which need improvement .
- Discussing and representing the Forum’s position with commissioners and outside agencies.
- Providing a position on issues raised in the group to best represent people in the community who are living with dementia.
The group is also a Reference Group for the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in Derby and was involved with preparing key documents including the Dementia Strategy and Carers’ Strategy. The Forum has influenced key developments, such as the Dementia Friendly Communities initiative and the Books on Prescription project and other reminiscence items.