Stockton-on-Tees Borough’s Livewell Dementia Hub in Thornaby has been chosen as a finalist for a prestigious national award.
The Hub, which provides a one-stop-shop for people with dementia, their families and carers across the Borough has been shortlisted for the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Awards in the Dementia Innovation of the Year category. The Hub offers a calm place where people with dementia and their carers can access information and a range of services including support groups, social activities, memory clinics and therapies.
Judges were looking for nominations which ‘demonstrated exceptional commitment and delivered outstanding success in bringing about positive change for people with dementia, their families and carers’.
The Hub was praised for being a place where people can access a range of support from different organisations as well as providing a single first point of contact for information. The Hub has also made it easier for professionals to work together to meet the needs and wishes of people living with dementia and their carers and was praised for improving the referral process between organisations, making it easier, quicker and more personal.
The Livewell Hub is a joint initiative led by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council working in partnership with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group and a range of voluntary sector organisations.
Councillor Jim Beall, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services and Health, said: “We’re really proud that the Hub is one of three finalists chosen by The Alzheimer’s Society nationally to go forward for this award. By working innovatively with our partners we hope to help people live well with dementia and continuously aim to put those with dementia and their families at the heart of the service we provide.”
The winners will be announced at the Dementia Friendly Awards ceremony on Wednesday 30 November.