Blackpool Dementia Action Alliance have worked tirelessly in partnership with local services including Blackpool Transport, Blackpool Council and local taxi services to ensure travel within the town is Dementia Friendly.
Dementia is a general term to describe symptoms associated with a decline in memory or thinking skills that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. There are many types of dementia, with the most common being Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.
Blackpool Transport already ensure all Bus and Tram drivers are Dementia Friends trained to provide a positive and safe experience for passengers using the service.
Over the next 12 months, all 1000 taxi drivers registered with the council will undertake Dementia Friends training, ensuring that Blackpool is the first area in the UK to have fully dementia friendly transport throughout the town.
Cllr Christine Wright, Chair of Blackpool Transport, said: “Having Dementia doesn’t mean stopping what you enjoy, with management and support a full and active life can be maintained. I’m very proud to say that here in Blackpool our transport services have been proactive and supportive of the Dementia Friends initiative and the training will only enhance an already wonderful service.”
As part of the Dementia Friends training, services are taught how to recognise symptoms and gain a greater understanding of what it is like for people living with Dementia.
The aim is that all people living with the condition can get safely around the town and that if distressed, there are measures are in place to support that individual.
The Dementia Action Alliance is supported by Blackpool Fairness Commission, a group representatives from public, private and community groups who work together to make Blackpool a Fairer place to live and work.
Dementia Friends training is provided free from Blackpool Council for more information and to book please contact Emily Davis: firstname.lastname@example.org Public Health, Blackpool Council, PO Box 4, Blackpool, FY1 1NA.