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Newry, Mourne & Down could become ‘dementia friendly district’ if motion wins support

Business and transport owners could nominate 'Dementia Champions' for training

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There have been moves to have Newry, Mourne and Down designated as a ‘dementia friendly district’.

To increase awareness of the illness and the effects it has on sufferers and their families, there is a belief that more can be done to help.

And leading the charge is local Alliance Party Councillor Patrick Brown.

He has tabled a motion seeking the backing of other councillors on Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

It is due to be debated on Monday night, at the full monthly council sitting, which will be held in the Downshire Civic Centre.

His motion will call for the council to “develop an action plan” for the implementation of a policy geared to making the entire area a ‘dementia friendly district’.

It adds: “This may include encouraging business and transport providers to sign up to having a ‘Dementia Champion’ and to take part in dementia awareness training, and working to designate specific towns as ‘dementia friendly’.”

The motion is expected to receive widespread support when it is debate at the start of the week.

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