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Alzheimer's Society and Dover Outreach Centre are new mayor Sue Jones' charities of the year

By Sam Lennon

A new mayor has chosen the Alzheimer's Society and the Dover Outreach Centre a her charities of the year.

The announcement was from Dover's Sue Jones who took office after a mayor-making ceremony last month May.

The Alzheimer’s Society invests in research into dementia care, cause, cure and prevention.

Sue Jones - Dover mayor for 2018/19. (1649439)
Sue Jones - Dover mayor for 2018/19. (1649439)

It fights for the rights of everyone affected by dementia and raise awareness, pushing for a more dementia friendly society so people with the condition can live without fear and prejudice.

Since June 2017 more than 2 million people have signed up to become Dementia Friends and learn about how they can help to support people with dementia in their communities.

A national telephone helpline offers information, advice and emotional support to all those affected the condition.

Help is also available online and through more than 200 free publications.

In Dover the Society runs a dementia café, a peer support group and an activities club.

Sue Jones with previous mayors Pam Brivio and Chris Precious.
Sue Jones with previous mayors Pam Brivio and Chris Precious.

Dover Outreach Centre deals with social isolation, homelessness, unemployment and poverty by providing support and services such as a winter shelter behind St Paul's Church and education programmes.

These are specifically for cases stemming from drug and alcohol abuse, the consequences of crime, family breakdown and unhealthy lifestyles.

Cllr Jones said: "I know from work as a councillor and personally the pressures that dementia can bring to those with the condition and those caring for them.

"But I also how a little bit of kindness, awareness and even small changes can make things easier.

"Dover is on its way to achieving Dementia Friendly Status as a town and I want to do my bit as mayor to support the Alzheimer’s Society as they take the lead for everyone affected by dementia.

She said of the Dover Outreach Centre: "I have made tackling homelessness and poverty one of my priorities.

" Dover Outreach works directly to support those in our community that need a helping hand to get themselves back on their feet.

"I want to support the volunteers that work at the sharp end to give a chance of a better life to those in our community with almost nothing to call their own."

Cllr Jones is a Labour town and district councillor for the St Radigunds' ward and was previously town mayor from 2009 to 2011.

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