Dementia team scoops Social Work Award

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A Coleraine-based Dementia Friendly Communities scheme scooped the Partnership Team award at the Annual Social Work Awards.

Social Workers in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust won four of the nine awards on offer including the Children’s Services Team, Adult Services Team and Overall Winner.

The Dementia Friendly Communities scheme won the scheme in Coleraine brings together social workers in the Northern Trust’s mental health services for older people as well as representatives from the Alzheimer’s Society, Coleraine Borough Council and the Public Health Agency.

The aims of the partnership are to raise awareness, challenge misunderstandings and help communities support people with dementia.

A large number of local businesses in Coleraine have signed up to becoming ‘dementia friendly’: supportingthose living with dementia, their carers and families.

With the right training, local business owners, local government officials and people in the community are helping to make it easier for people with dementia and their carers to get out and about.

The scheme has helped service users and their carers feel more involved in their local community, because they feel supported and listened to.

Marie Roulston, Executive Director of Social Work and Director of Children’s Services for the Northern Trust, said: “This was a really good day for the Northern Trust and for social work – so much hard work goes on behind the scenes so it’s tremendous to see the staff recognised for this.”