Sheringham Dementia Friendly Community leads the way as Sanders Coaches get on board dementia-friendly buses scheme | Health

PUBLISHED: 11:36 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:38 24 January 2018

Sheringham Dementia Friendly Community secretary Liz Withington with Sanders Coaches training manager Kevin Reynolds and driver Caren Chandler. Photo: KAREN BETHELL

Sheringham Dementia Friendly Community secretary Liz Withington with Sanders Coaches coaching supervisor Kevin Reynolds and driver Caren Chandler. Photo: KAREN BETHELL


North Norfolk is on the street to turning into one among the first areas in the county to supply dementia-friendly trains and buses – a transfer which might have knock-on advantages for passengers with different well being issues.

Thanks to the efforts of Sheringham Dementia Friendly Community (DFC), Holt-based bus firm Sanders is forging forward with plans to coach all its 100-plus drivers to recognise the indicators of dementia and take into consideration the particular person wants of passengers.

As a part of a assessment of its coaching programme, Sanders, which covers an space stretching from Fakenham to Great Yarmouth, determined to incorporate dementia consciousness classes offered by Sheringham DFC for its drivers and workplace workers.

“We wanted to do more to support the community,” mentioned the firm’s coaching supervisor Kevin Reynolds. “If our drivers know how to recognise the signs, then it is helpful for them and for people with dementia – and from a commercial point of view, keeping people using the buses, means keeping buses on the road.”

Sheringham DFC secretary and coaching session chief Liz Withington mentioned that having the assist of the predominant supplier of bus companies in north Norfolk was a “major step forward”.

“It is not just about drivers, it is also about signage and access to easy-to-read timetables and information,” Mrs Withington defined. “And once you start thinking about people with dementia, you are automatically helping people with other needs such as those with visual impairment.”

Sheringham DFC is now working on supporting the Community Rail Partnership for the Bittern Line to look into methods through which the Sheringham to Cromer practice service could possibly be made extra accessible to passengers with dementia, with the group additionally urging different public transport corporations to think about creating dementia consciousness schemes.

“The main obstacle to using buses and trains faced by people with dementia is anxiety and wondering how they will cope if something goes wrong,” Mrs Withington mentioned. “This can mean a simple task like getting on a bus becomes almost impossible and dementia-aware drivers can ensure people don’t become frightened to use public transport and end up isolated and lonely,”

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