A campaign is underway to make Keighley a “dementia friendly” town.

Businesses, community groups and residents are being brought together to share ideas to achieve the goal.

People are being urged to attend an event next week to kick-start the initiative.

Cathy Henwood, the dementia friendly communities co-ordinator for the Alzheimer's Society in Bradford, said: “We are working with partners in business, Bradford Council, health and the voluntary sector and members of the public to encourage everyone to be part of a Keighley which is friendly and supportive of people living with dementia.

“We want a town where carers don't need to feel concerned if their loved one gets in a muddle in a cafe, where anyone who feels confused or finds it hard to express themselves knows they will be given time and respect in the shops and businesses, and one where there is support and understanding services available.”

Next week’s free event is being held on Thursday (December 12) at Central Hall, Alice Street, between 10am and 12.30pm.

It is being organised by the Alzheimer's Society, Bradford Council's neighbourhood service, KIVCA, Keighley Healthy Living and the Airedale Shopping Centre.

Keighley councillor Doreen Lee, the council’s older people's champion, encourages the public to attend.

Anyone wishing to attend should e-mail KeighleyAreaCoordinatorsOffice@bradford.gov.uk or call 01535 618008.