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Woodbridge is being urged to propel a local project to award-winning heights.

The Woodbridge Dementia Project is one of three organisations to be shortlisted for the Enabling Communities Award at this year’s East Suffolk Business & Community Awards.

All three have received funding from the East Suffolk Enabling Communities Budget or Exemplar Grant over the past 18 months and done something extraordinary with the money.

The Woodbridge programme has worked on making Woodbridge a dementia-friendly town where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported.

This has included creating support groups and engaging directly with arts, culture, leisure and recreation activities, businesses and shops, children, young people and students and community, voluntary, faith groups and organisations.


A spokesman for the group said: “It is estimated that 40% of people living with dementia feel isolated from their local community and the aim of the project is to engage the community and ensure that venues, businesses and community groups have a better understanding of dementia and how small actions can have a positive impact for a person living with this condition.”

The Woodbridge Dementia Project is now relying on a public vote and the winner will be announced at the awards dinner on 3rd October.

Councillor Letitia Smith, cabinet member for Communities, Leisure and Tourism said it was vital people got behind their favourite of the shortlisted finalists.

She said: “As always, there are some great community groups and projects being delivered in East Suffolk and I know that our Enabling Communities team had a real tough time this year in deciding the finalists for this special award.

“This award helps us recognise and celebrate the hard work and commitment local groups, individuals and business put in to improve their local areas and the lives of others. It only takes a few minutes to vote, so make sure you get yours in before time runs out.”

Woodbridge Dementia Project was launched in April 2018 by the Seckford Foundation and works in partnership with a coalition of organisations in and around Woodbridge, including Gotelee Solicitors, Home Instead, Suffolk Coastal District Council, the East of England Co-op and Woodbridge Rotary Club.

The dementia-friendly town campaign is part of the Alzheimer’s Society’s national Dementia Friends initiative.

The enabling communities is now live and open for the public vote http://scbca.co.uk/awards/enabling-communities