It is estimated that there are 3,000 people with dementia living in Wolverhampton.
There are currently three dementia cafés, run by Wolverhampton City Council in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, which enable people with dementia and their carers or relatives to meet other people with the condition, share experiences and learn about the help and support available. These monthly meetings take place at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Bantock House and the Blakenhall Community and Healthy Living Centre.
Three further dementia cafés should be opening during April 2013; one at Wednesfield Library, one at the Moreland Trust on Waterloo Terrace, and one at a location still to be decided in Bilston.
Further Progress Towards Dementia-Friendly City Status
Wolverhampton has taken up the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia and is working to be one of the first dementia-friendly communities by 2015. A dementia-friendly city is one where people with dementia are understood better and offered suitable help and support by the public and private sectors. Dementia awareness training for staff in various organisations serving users with dementia is continuing. The Blakenhall Resource Centre is being transformed into a specialist centre for dementia support. It is anticipated that the City should be able to recruit more than 70 dementia champions.