Alzheimer's Society award finalist
from Churches Together in Cumbria
Helen Boothroyd writes:
Churches Together in Cumbria’s volunteer Dementia Coordinator David Richardson was one of just three finalists for the Alzheimer’s Society’s prestigious Outstanding Contribution Award 2017.
This award recognises significant work to improve the lives of those affected by dementia. David was nominated by Churches Together in Cumbria for setting up and driving forward its project ‘making every church in Cumbria dementia-friendly by 2020.’ He was shortlisted by the judging panel, which was made up of people affected by dementia and representatives of the headline sponsor British Gas.
In just two years David has worked with an ecumenical Dementia Reference Group to recruit 108 Dementia Enablers at 90 churches or groups of churches across Cumbria, spread across nine denominations. He has provided high quality training for the Dementia Enablers and run annual Cumbria Churches Dementia Conferences for the wider public, each attended by around 80 people. He is currently fundraising for a Churches Together in Cumbria Dementia Project Officer to ensure the continuing growth of this vital work into the future.
David attended the award ceremony in London and commented: “It was a great honour to be nominated and a privilege to attend the ceremony. It was encouraging to be reminded of the thousands of people who in so many different ways are seeking to make their communities dementia-friendly and to address the interests and needs of people affected by dementia. I was glad to be able to fly the flag for Cumbria and spread the word about our unique and pioneering project.”