Groups set for Dementia Awareness Week

Former Oakham mayor Adam Lowe and Rutland Reminders chairman Charles Lawrence at the market stall in Oakham. EMN-140515-130249001
Former Oakham mayor Adam Lowe and Rutland Reminders chairman Charles Lawrence at the market stall in Oakham. EMN-140515-130249001
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A host of events are being held to mark Dementia Awareness Week across the area including the launch of Bourne as a dementia friendly community.

Bourne is starting a journey to become the first dementia friendly community in Lincolnshire and a launch will take place on Wednesday as part of the annual general meeting of Dementia Support South Lincs.

The main idea of creating a dementia friendly community is that small changes can make a huge difference to someone living with dementia, and their carer.

Heather Gilling, chairman of Dementia Support South Lincs, said: A dementia friendly community is one where people with dementia can live as independently as possible, are met with understanding and given support when they need it, and can continue to be valued members of their community.

“We are thrilled to be launching Bourne on this journey during Dementia Awareness Week.

“Our membership is drawn from Bourne, Stamford and Market Deeping and surrounding villages, and we very much hope they too will become dementia friendly communities in the not too distant future.”

Guest speaker at the group’s annual general meeting, which takes place at 10am at Bourne Corn Exchange will be Karishma Chandaria, Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Communities Manager.

Elsewhere, Alzheimer’s Society has been chosen by Rutland County Council to continue offering support for people with dementia and carers in the county.

The charity is holding a launch event, also on Wednesday, to celebrate the start of new community based groups which will be meeting in Oakham and Uppingham.

Under the new contract, the charity will be offering activity groups for people with dementia, peer support groups and information sessions for carers, and ‘Memory Lane’ cafes which are open to both people with dementia and carers.

The launch event will include a replica vintage shop to highlight the reminiscence work that Alzheimer’s Society offers. The event will be held at Voluntary Action Rutland in Lands’ End Way in Oakham from 2pm to 3.30pm and is open to all.

The Oakham Memory Lane cafe will meet at St John and St Anne’s Community Room on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 10am – 11.30am, whilst the Uppingham Memory Lane café will be held at the Town Hall on the 1st Monday of the month from 10.30am to 12 noon. The peer support and activity group will meet at the Volunteer Centre in Oakham on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 10.30am to 12 noon.

And Rutland Reminders is set to host its sessions at Rutland Care Village to help people with the disease restore lost memories through music. A team of volunteers are ready to welcome guests on Tuesday, from 3.30pm.

Volunteers held a market stall in Market Place, Oakham, on April 12 to talk to people about their service.

To join, call Diana on 07779 413889.