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PEOPLE across Chichester, Bognor and Midhurst have united to launch two alliances in support of people with dementia.

The Aldingbourne Trust, Chichester Careline and Coastal West Sussex MIND are among those who have signed up to join the Bognor and Chichester Dementia Action Alliances (DAA).

The aim of the Dementia Action Alliance is to create a community where people with dementia feel confident, understood 
and supported to live 
well.

Martha Pusey, chair of the two DAAs, said: “I am hoping that both DAAs will be of great benefit to the people with dementia and their families. Working in partnership is the best way to achieve design and deliver services that people need.

“The smallest changes to businesses and even having a basic awareness of dementia can offer comfort and support 
and can make the experience of people with dementia and their families better and ensure people feel safe in their communities.”

The launch for the Bognor Action Alliance will be held on Friday, May 22, around the High Street and seafront.

There will be a series of flash mobs featuring Let’s Dance, an over-50s dance group and an ‘Access Music’ group for people with learning disabilities.

The Chichester launch, on Saturday, May 23, will take place at the Cathedral Green, from 11am-2pm.

Members of the DAA commit to actions to improve services for people with dementia.

These could be anything from becoming a Dementia Friend to making changes within their business or organisation.

Chris Wyatt, Alzheimer’s Society’s regional operations manager for the south east, said: “It’s vital that people living with dementia should still be able to enjoy all Bognor and Chichester has to offer.

“Many people with dementia have reported feeling trapped in their own homes and let down by their communities, with one in three only getting out once a week and one in 10 only manage this once a month.

“This is simply unacceptable.”

The Dementia Action Alliances are always looking for new members.

To find out more about the events or to sign up email marthap@aldingbournetrust.co.uk or visit 
www.dementiaaction.org.uk