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Fire Service supports Dementia Awareness Week

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Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is supporting Dementia Awareness Week, which is running 14 - 20 May.

HWFRS in partnership with The Alzheimer's Society is encouraging residents to come together and take action this Dementia Awareness Week. By uniting, we can raise awareness, offer help and understanding and improve care.

HWFRS are working alongside agencies such as Age UK, the Alzheimer's Society and other voluntary organisations to support the week across the two counties and will be attending various events.

This is an opportunity for people to drop in and chat to agencies who can help with concerns about memory loss and general information. The details of the events are as follows:

16 May - Memories and Muffins, Lorita's Bakehouse, High Street, Bromsgrove - 10.00am - 2.00pm

16 May - Dementia Friends session, Bromsgrove Library, Market Street, Bromsgrove – 12.00 – 12.45pm

17 May - Remember Me Event, The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford - 11.00am - 4.00pm

18 May - Memories and Muffins, Ecumenical Centre, Evesham Street, Redditch – 10.00 – 2.00pm

20 May - Family Fun Day, Ombersley Memorial Hall, Sandys Road, Ombersley – 12.00 – 4.00pm

Station Commander Stuart Crebbin, HWFRS said: "Dementia is set to be the 21st century's biggest killer and many of the people we see have dementia and can be extremely vulnerable. With the growing ageing population, we felt it was important for members of staff to have a greater understanding of dementia. To assist with this, several members of staff are Dementia Friends Champions and Dementia Friends Awareness sessions are taking place across the Service".

He continued: "HWFRS identify those who are most at risk in their community and Fire crews and members of the Community Risk department carry out Home Fire Safety Checks (HFSCs) in the homes of vulnerable people. A HFSC gives an opportunity to offer vital safety advice on subjects such as escape routes, electrical safety and smoke alarms.

Station Commander Crebbin concluded: "Anyone who would like fire safety advice or would like to enquire as to whether they would qualify for a free Home Fire Safety Check can contact the Community Risk team on 0800 032 1155 quoting reference NEWS. We are here to help make sure your home is as fire safe as possible."

For more information please visit www.hwfire.org.uk or follow us on Twitter @HWFireSafety