People with dementia, their families and carers are invited to join the Poole Dementia Action Group for a free event to mark Dementia Awareness Week on Thursday 18 May.
Staff from Borough of Poole and a host of partner organisations will be on hand at The Spire, Poole High Street between 11am – 3pm to provide information for people with dementia, their loved ones and those who look after anyone with dementia.
A number of local community organisations will be attending the event, including Prama, Poole Wellbeing Collaborative, the Alzheimer’s Society and Oakley Friends carers’ support group.
As well as taking advantage of the support and advice on offer, visitors to the event will be kept entertained with performances by the Sing Together community choir and storytelling sessions designed to help improve memory from Poole library staff. Visitors can also indulge in free tea and cake, and free slippers will be handed out to visitors aged over 55.
In one of her first engagements since taking office, the new Mayor of Poole, Cllr Lindsay Wilson, will be paying a visit to The Spire to find out more about the work being done to raise awareness of dementia in Poole.
Cllr Wilson said: “Most of us will know a friend or relative suffering from dementia. I strongly support the Action Week event which I hope will help raise awareness of the condition.”
Zena Dighton, Strategic Commissioning Manager, Borough of Poole, said: "The number of people with dementia in the UK is steadily rising, making it increasingly important for us to understand how best to support our residents and their family and carers. We’re delighted that so many local organisations will be joining us for our event, and would urge anyone wanting to find out more about the help available to them or their loved ones to drop into The Spire on 18 May."
The Poole Dementia Action Group, which is chaired by Council Dementia Champion Cllr Jane Newell, aims to make Poole dementia friendly, working with communities through local organisations, groups and charities and supported by Borough of Poole.
Cllr Newell has also developed a special dementia information pack which will be distributed to all councillors to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week,. The pack, which has been designed with the help of the Poole Wellbeing Collaborative, aims to help council members provide the residents of their wards with the very latest information on the support available for people with dementia in Poole.