SEVENOAKS won the Dementia Friendly Community [DFC] Award last week, with Tonbridge among the runners-up.
The National Trust property Knole House was also recognised as the best Dementia Friendly Company with less than 250 staff.
Abbey Funeral Services in Tonbridge High Street was a finalist in that category. The winners are chosen by a panel of judges all of whom live with dementia.Â
The Tonbridge organisers graciously acknowledged the achievements of their neighbours, and said: “Beaten by Sevenoaks, worthy winners who already do all that we would aspire to do in Tonbridge. Maybe next year. Congratulations Sevenoaks DFC.”
Tracey Schneider of Dementia Friendly Kent said: “They’ve done so much work in Sevenoaks with the Well Being days at Knole, the dementia friendly cafÃ© and the Run, Walk or Push event. These were impacting pieces of work and it quite blew the judges away.”
The Forget Me Not CafÃ© is run by The Good Care Group and Home Instead Senior Care.
They also organised the charity fun run in Knole Park raising £4,500.
The stately home offered advice to carers, Tai Chi, massage, laughter therapy and foot healthcare, improved access and created sensory tours.