Residents are being urged to help shape Cheshire West and Chester Council’s strategies for delivering effective dementia services in the future.

The council said it would like to hear from anyone who has first-hand experience of dementia or falls - either as a patient, a carer or a family member - before the borough-wide strategies are set for the next four years.

A number of pre-consultation events are being organised, looking to reach as many residents as possible.

Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins, said: “The experiences of every person with dementia or those who have suffered a fall can be very different from each other.

“The same can be said of the family members, professional carers and loved ones who support them.

“We are hoping to hear from as many people as possible with direct experience of coping with dementia and falls, either as a patient, close family member or carer to identify what works, highlight where things could be done better, and identify where further support and focus is needed.

“If you have a story to share and would like to help shape how services aim to be delivered in the future, I would urge you to attend one of our pre-consultation events.

“For those who would like to contribute but cannot attend an event, there will be another opportunity for you to share your views as part of the full 12-week consultation which will follow later this year.”

The council’s vision is to create a dementia strategy that covers all stages of the illness including prevention, diagnosis, living well, support and dying well and a falls prevention strategy that outlines a system wide approach.

To ensure that the strategies are reflective of the needs of residents, a number of pre-consultation events are taking place across the borough as of next week.

The first event will be held on Thursday, September 15 between 6pm and 8pm at Cheshire County Sports Club, Chester.

Other events will take place on Friday, September 16 between 10am and noon at Winsford Lifestyle Centre and on Thursday, September 22 between 5.30pm and 7.30pm at the Cheshire West and Chester Council offices in Winsford.

For more information, contact or call 01244 977020.