Happy New Year to all our parishioners - although the festivities of Christmas and ringing in the New Year seem ages ago now – and Easter will be here before we know it. As I sit here writing, Shrove Tuesday and the beginning of Lent are just a few days away.
This will be my last GMK ‘introduction’ written as Chair of Gnosall Parish Council as my three-year term comes to an end in May when a new Chairman will be elected. To give a little background information, a Chairman is elected by the full Council on an annual basis but the maximum term a Chairman can serve consecutively is three years. I have enjoyed meeting new people and being involved in various projects which will be of interest and benefit to the local community.
There is still lots of work to be done and I will continue to contribute to GMK by writing articles but I would like to thank everyone for their support, encouragement and guidance over the last three years. Gnosall is a very proactive Council and the workload can sometimes be overwhelming but what is achieved, and the satisfaction it brings when a project comes to fruition, far outweighs anything else and makes it all worthwhile.
Cllr Pat Alker
Chair of Gnosall Parish Council
Dementia Friendly Organisation
Late in 2017, the Parish Council received a presentation on the subject of Dementia. As so many people now live longer, this is increasingly common and many councillors have personal experience within their own families of the challenges and strains dementia in its various forms can impose upon sufferers and families alike.
The presentation outlined features of the condition and also highlighted simple ways in which families can minimise confusion and distress, for example, by changing the way they frame conversations in order to emphasise what is remembered, rather than pointing out what has been lost.
Now the Council is undertaking more research into becoming a Dementia Friendly Organisation, gathering information and ideas about what we might do in order to support parishioners and their families who are facing this condition. We hope to work with with the Health Centre, which has a Memory Clinic, as well as other relevant organisations, so that we can be aware of all the good practice that exists.
We shall report back our findings in due course, but if any parishioner has any suggestions about this area of work, please do contact us and let us know what you or your family might find useful. If we can help, we will do our best.