Directors at two of the UK’s biggest home care groups have scooped an award for improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers.
Symone Salwan, founder and director of Home Instead Senior Care Sevenoaks, and Elaine Murray, area manager of The Good Care Group (Kent & Sussex), picked up the Dementia Friendly Initiative of the Year award at this year’s Sevenoaks Making it Happen Community & Voluntary Awards.
The pair set up the Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community (SADFC) Forum three years ago and have since organised a number initiatives throughout the Sevenoaks district to help improve the lives of those living with dementia and their carers, as well as raising awareness of dementia in the area.
One of the highest profile events organised by SADFC is the Run, Walk, Push Against Dementia, now in its third year, which includes a 3k, 5k and 10k route through Knole Park and last year saw approximately 500 people registered and raised over £7,000.
“I am delighted to receive this important award and proud to co-chair the Sevenoaks Area Dementia Friendly Community Forum,” said Murray.
“We have grown the forum over three years to include professional organisations, care providers, solicitors, care homes and charities who come together to work collaboratively with no personal agenda.”
Image: From left to right – Symone Salwan, Home Instead; Elaine Murray, The Good Care Group; Peter Fleming, Leader of Sevenoaks District Council; Cllr Pat Bosley, Chairman of Sevenoaks District Council; Kieron Brennan, All About Home Care, Treasurer of SADFC.