Charities and local organisations who are part of the Worthing Dementia Action Alliance, joined forces to make Tuesday 22 May, 2018 a special day of action to build awareness of becoming more dementia friendly to help people live well with dementia.
On loan from Stagecoach buses was a delightful vintage bus from the late 1960s which was bedecked with banners promoting the cause. On board, we invited carers and people living with dementia from local Alzheimers and Guild Care services.
The bus took the route through Worthing, Goring and on to Ferring with the town’s infamous Town Cryer ringing out the news from the open-topped green and cream bus. There was no getting away from the sound of the bell, or of Bob, for that matter, and…. if you were on top of the bus, it was even louder! However, a great time was had by all and both journeys stopped at Abbeyfield Ferring’s new centre for tea and cakes.
We returned to the town for late morning and spend a couple of hours handing out leaflets and encouraging people to visit the website and see what it was all about. It was a really good working party with people from Carers Support, the NHS Partnership Trust, Memory Assessment Unit, Alzheimers Society, the local Methodist and Catholic Churches, Mind Coastal, Dementia Friends and many others.
Special thanks go to Stagecoach Buses and their volunteer driver Chris without whom the day wouldn’t have been so enjoyable and to Bob Smytherman who always amazes with incredibly powerful voice and loud bell which just stops everyone in their tracks!