Dementia Friendly Sandbach Partners

Dementia Friendly Sandbach – Partners

DFS works with a number of partner organisations at a local, regional, and national level:

Sandbach Partnership, who established DFS in 2018 and provided startup funding as well as continuing to provide office and other support services. 

Sandbach Town Council – the majority of Town Councillors and staff became Dementia Friends in March 2020, town councilors serve on the steering group, and the Council granted a £500 covid support grant in November 2020.

Cheshire East Council, particularly the Adult Social Care Department and the Dementia Reablement Service, and Care4CE. DFS is represented on the CEC Dementia Strategy Steering Group.

Ashfields GP Surgery – promoting the benefits of getting an early dementia diagnosis.  Our Secretary, Sue Wood, is Deputy Chair of the Ashfields PPG (Patient Participation Group)

Cheshire Police, with Sandbach PC/PCSOs regularly attending steering group meetings and promoting the Herbert protocol to protect local vulnerable residents.

Unity Methodist Church, Wesley Avenue, for hosting monthly Saturday dementia friendly coffee mornings and donating funds.

Sandbach Crosses Rotary Club for co-hosting the coffee morning and donating funds jointly with Sandbach Rotary Club.

Donors including Sandbach Garden Trail, Dane Housing, and local individuals.

Elworth Cricket Club, Sandbach Rugby Club, The Market Tavern, and the Masonic Hall for helping us to put on events.

Sandbach High School who received the first dementia friendly ‘badge’ in Sandbach:


Elworth Hall Primary School-about 70 staff and students became Dementia Friends, and have partnered with their local care home

Haslington Primary School-over 90 staff and students became Dementia Friends.

Sandbach & District U3A

Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service - Sandbach Fire Station

North West Ambulance Service and Cheshire East carers’ Hub engaged with local residents during lockdown via weekly zoom coffee mornings.

Alzheimer’s Society who run the national Dementia Friends and Dementia Friendly Community programmes. Anybody who wants to become a Dementia Friend can contact us for a local information session or access public sessions via the Dementia Friends website

Herbert Principle

Cheshire Constabulary - Herbert Protocol for people with dementia at risk of going missing.

People with dementia can sometimes start to wander. This might only be into the garden or street for a short time, but sometimes people get lost and go missing.

Carers, family or friends of a vulnerable person, or the person themselves, can fill in a Herbert Protocol form in advance, containing information to help the police if the person goes missing.

For further details and a link to the form that can be filled in and kept ready.

Cheshire Police - Herbert Principle resources