Chorley has taken its first steps to become dementia-friendly and support people suffering from the disease and their carers.

The Town Hall hosted an event to launch the community’s bid with groups and businesses gathering to hear speakers highlight the need to raise awareness of dementia and to promote better understanding of the needs of sufferers and those who look after them.

Speakers included George McNamara, head of policy and public affairs for Alzheimer’s Society; Steph- anie Tufft, chief executive of Age UK Lancashire; and Simon Clark, head of health, environment and neighbourhoods for Chorley Council.

As part of its commitment to becoming a dementia friendly community, Chorley Council has pledged to take on the role of community leader co-ordinating initiatives, encour- aging people to understand what dementia is.

They will also train frontline staff and encourage other groups and firms across Chorley to train their staff to recognise dementia if they haven’t already done so.

George McNamara from Alzheimer's Society said: “Here in Chorley we have a real opportunity to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers.

“Alzheimer’s Society is delighted to be working with the local MP, Chorley Council and importantly the local community to make Chorley dementia friendly; leading the way in Lancashire.”