Supporting those coping with memory loss in county

County Hall in Morpeth.
County Hall in Morpeth.

County councillors will be given training as part of the local authority’s efforts to promote and support the development of dementia-friendly services.

At Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, members agreed to the production of a Northumberland Dementia-Friendly Toolkit citing general guidance for developing initiatives, with links to a range of appropriate websites, for the county council’s website and other distribution points.

Plus, it was also agreed that an existing dementia-awareness package is used or adapted for a pilot training session for councillors.

Coun Alan Sambrook, chairman of the council’s care and wellbeing scrutiny committee, said: “I would ask (political) group leaders to get as many of their members as possible to do the training.

“The reasons is that dementia is becoming a big problem in the county, as it is in the country.”