TOWN PLAN PUBLISHED

HEXHAM TOWN PLAN
Vision for 2020
In 2013 the Town Council formed a number of Town Plan Working Groups who completed a Draft Hexham Vision 2020 & Town Plan 2014/15. This can now be read on-line or downloaded here. Hexham Vision 2020 & Town Plan 2014/15 (4183) and Vision 2020 - Core Data Booklet (2871)

The Town Council’s working groups are presently implementing this Draft Hexham Vision 2020 & Town Plan 2014/15.
However,  the Town Council would like to know your views,  suggestions,  objections or comments,  so please send them by email here or write to Hexham Town Council,  Council Office,  St Andrew’s Cemetery,  Hexham NE46 3RR.

The Town Plan 2013 version is also available for you to read on-line or download. 2013 Town Plan in Full (2181)

Dementia Friendly Community

Hexham Town Council are working with Tynedale Dementia Alliance which includes the Alzheimer’s Society to develop the town as a Dementia Friendly Community. With over 850,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK, and approximately two thirds of those still living at home in their communities, it is now more important than ever that we increase public awareness and understanding of dementia. This is particularly true in Northumberland where we have a higher than average ageing population.

Essentially, a Dementia Friendly Community is a community where people have an increased awareness and understanding of dementia, and where people affected by the condition are able to remain active and involved in their communities. People often lose confidence and become isolated following a dementia diagnosis, but we want Hexham to be a place where those living with the condition still feel confident to use local amenities, knowing that if they were to become confused or forgetful, the people they come in to contact with would be supportive (be those people shop assistants, staff at the local leisure centre or a member of the general public for example).

Local groups and organisations wanting to become involved should contact either Melvyn Stone at m.stone113@btinternet.com (07803 955148) or Adele Kinsella at adelekinsella@hotmail.co.uk (07947 170305).

Hexham Town Councillor Denise Bell is able to provide information packs and access to the ‘dementia friendly’ symbol and will also provide further information about training sessions and support groups. The dementia friendly symbol will be issued to groups and organisations wanting to actively support the initiative. We hope soon to have these symbols displayed around the town in shop windows, noticeboards etc.

Within Hexham further advice can be obtained from the Community Centre in Gilesgate, Hexham which is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm and can be contacted on 01434 607318. A Dementia Adviser is available at these times to offer information about all aspects of living with dementia and will support you to access services. People with dementia, their carers or people who are worried about their memory can contact our Dementia Advisers whenever they need further information or support to find other services.   

Support is also offered to family and friends through “Singing for the brain, Hexham” which meets on the first Thursday of each month at 2.30pm at Hexham Abbey, Beaumont Street, Hexham. Come along to our singing group where you can meet new people in a friendly, fun and social environment. These groups are based around the principles of music therapy, which include vocal warm-ups and singing a huge range of familiar, old and new songs for everyone’s tastes. Further details can be obtained from 01670 813255.

The Chrysalis Club is a group who offer activities for those with dementia or memory difficulties. They welcome family and friends and meet every Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at the Torch Centre, Corbridge Road, Hexham.  

 

Alzheimer’s Society – Leading the fight against dementia