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Wellbeing Exeter Joins the Exeter Alliance

The Exeter Dementia Alliance is delighted to welcome it’s newest member, Wellbeing Exeter.

The Wellbeing Exeter Community Builder Team with Gina Awad

Wellbeing Exeter is a partnership of public, voluntary and community sector organisations who have come together to explore better ways of supporting the 40% of patients who visit their GP with socially based, rather than medical, problems.

Founder of Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA), Gina Awad, said:

“Wellbeing Exeter is a vital collaboration of sectors in the city and with the essential integration of Social prescribing at the core, it felt like a natural progression for them to join us as a member of the alliance.

“The first steps were to deliver a Dementia Friends session, an Alzheimer’s Society initiative for the Community Builders & Connectors and create a simple aspirational action plan.  This will support our collaborative vision of working towards a Dementia Friendly Exeter.

“Simple actions may include wearing their Dementia Friends badges, which often generate a talking point in the community, as well as future in-depth dementia training in the future, learning about services available in the city.

“As we know, knowledge is power and having an understanding of dementia for those living with it and their care partners is crucial.  Being able to share the community support and resources available locally is a key element to their roles”.

Ella, Wellbeing Exeter Coordinator, explained:

“Connectors and Builders are embedded in the local community, meeting people living with dementia and their carers daily. Gina’s explanation of the work of the alliance highlighted how many people may live with dementia but do not have a diagnosis. It’s great to be a part of the Alliance so our team can better understand Dementia, help to raise awareness, and promote diagnosis”.