Help NALC with their ground-breaking research on dementia 01/04/2020

Woman with dementia

NALC have teamed up with the University of Plymouth to undertake research on dementia in parish and town councils. They believe that councils play an important role in communities to find solutions to help tackle the effects of dementia.

The research will help find out what local councils are already doing in their communities to help put together a joint report summarising what councils are doing and making recommendations on how you can support your communities.

Cllr Sue Baxter, NALC Chairman, said: “This cutting-edge research led by Professor Ian Sherriff BEM (academic partnership lead for dementia at UoP) is an interesting opportunity to get more insight on what local councils are soing. But more importantly, on how we can support them to level-up and help the most vulnerable in their communities”.

There are currently 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia. It can put a strain on health services and for families and carers. Dementia sufferers can struggle with loneliness, confusion and isolation. It is especially important for those in rural areas that local councils create a community where their residents can be active and feel safe.

We know many of our Devon councils are already engaged in schemes to support their communities with dementia, including dementia friendly parishes, such as Dementia Friendly Parishes in the Yealm and Great Torrington. Please take the survey to let NALC know what you’ve been doing.


Find out more about the work of the National Association of Local Councils