TO mark the launch of Dementia Awareness Week (Monday 18th May to Saturday 23rd May), our charitable arm, CHP Foundations, is holding free Dementia Friends awareness sessions at the Parkside community hub in Melbourne Avenue, Chelmsford.
Hosted by a volunteer Dementia Friends Champion, the sessions - which last 45-60 minutes and take place on Wednesday 20th May from 11am, Thursday 21st May at 6pm and Friday 22nd May at 11am and 2pm - will offer information and advice about dementia and how people can make a difference to those affected by it.
Launched in February 2013 by the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Friends is a pioneering initiative that aims to help people understand what it might be like to live with dementia – already more than one million people across the country have signed-up to become a Dementia Friends champion.
Ray Canham, Community Engagement manager and Dementia Friends champion, said: “Dementia Friends is about giving people an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do that can make a difference to people living with dementia.
“This Dementia Awareness Week is the perfect time to ‘do something new’ and take part in a Dementia Friends session near you.”
The week coincides with the Dementia Adventure walks which take place at Hylands House on most Fridays from 22nd May and to 31st July 2015. The walks - which are suitable for people of all abilities and take place on wheelchair-friendly paths - are free to attend and start at 10.30am after meeting in the stable yard at Hylands House.
Neil Mapes of Dementia Adventure commented: “This is a fantastic initiative designed to give people living with dementia more choice in their lives and bring the benefits of nature, which is the original multi-sensory environment, to more people.”