A Burnley councillor’s work to champion “Dementia Friendly” approaches is being highlighted in a national campaign by the Local Government Information Unit.
The organisation, which promotes good practice in the public sector, has published a special post on its website focusing on Councillor Margaret Lishman and her involvement in Burnley’s campaign to raise awareness of dementia and its impact on those affected and on those around them.
The post also explains how the council, with Councillor Lishman’s input, went about achieving its ‘Dementia Friendly Town’ status and the work that went into that.
This is part of a LGiU campaign in which posts from councillors around the country are being published to show how many varied and different aspects there are to the role.
Councillor Margaret Lishman, who is a Liberal Democrat councillor in Burnley, said: “I am very pleased LGiU has shared the story with its readers and I hope it will encourage other towns and cities to follow in Burnley’s footsteps and work towards achieving Dementia Friendly status.”
Burnley received its Dementia Friendly status in the beginning of last year following a series of events aimed at raising awareness and encouraging local organisations to get involved.
Next month will see the town’s first Memory Walk organised jointly with Pendle Dementia Action Alliance.
The 6 mile walk on Sunday, 3rd September, will raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.
It starts at 10.30am from Kingfisher Marina, Reedley.
People can register to take part on www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/memorywalk.