Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance has won a National Dementia Friendly Award, recognising the efforts being made to make the city a welcoming place for people living with the condition.
The city's Alliance was the winner in the Dementia Friendly Community of the Year city or county category at this year's Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friendly Awards, which took place in London last week and was hosted by Ambassador Angela Rippon CBE.
The award recognises cities or counties which are leading the way in taking action to ensure that people affected by dementia are involved.
Over the last 12 months, Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance has inspired a wide range of organisations to take action to improve services for people living with dementia and sought the views of people affected by dementia to ensure that they are heard and included. They have also held a number of large-scale events and celebrations that have received positive media coverage locally and regionally.
Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "Dementia is a debilitating condition which affects 3,400 people in Wolverhampton who are living with the disease, and also their families and carers.
"As a city, we are determined to do all we can to improve their lives as much as possible - and this award is testament to how well the Dementia Action Alliance is working locally."
Jon Crockett, Chair of Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance, said: "Excellent work has taken place to help Wolverhampton become a Dementia Friendly Community, and I would like to thank everyone - individuals and organisations big and small - for their fantastic contributions."
The council's Sue Eagle, who is co-ordinator of Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance, said: "Wolverhampton Wanderers are now part of football's Premier League and we've had a long held ambition to become a Dementia Action Alliance with Premier League status. I feel that's what we've now achieved.
"This award recognises our hard work to help make life better for people of all ages who are affected by dementia, but there's a lot more to come - the message is clear, no matter how big or small your organisation, we can all do our bit."
Lee Allen, Alzheimer's Society Service Manager for the Black Country, said: "It is amazing that Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance has won this award and it is a testament to their tremendous dementia friendly work.
"We want everyone affected by dementia to know that whoever you are, whatever you are going through, you can turn to Alzheimer's Society for support, help and advice."
People who are worried about dementia can contact the Alzheimer's Society for information and support either via the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or by visiting; www.alzheimers.org.uk
To find out more about the Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance please click on the following link or contact:
Susan Eagle on Susan.email@example.com