Woodbridge Dementia Project to offer series of events as part of activity for Dementia Action Week
Monday 20 – Sunday 26 May is Dementia Action Week – a week that unites individuals, workplaces and the wider community to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia. During this week there will be a range of events and activities in Woodbridge to raise awareness of and provide information on dementia and the support available organised by Woodbridge Dementia project.
Woodbridge Dementia Project was launched in 2018 by the Seckford foundation working in partnership with organisations in and around Woodbridge with the aim of making Woodbridge a dementia friendly town.
The Project will run a series of free one hour Dementia Friends sessions for local businesses and community groups on Wednesday 22 May at the Fabric shop in Gobbits Yard. For more information contact COBrien@seckford-foundation.org.uk or simply turn up between 10.00am – 4.00pm. There will also be information stands around Woodbridge throughout the week, providing information on their work and how to be involved.
One Woodbridge business supporting the initiative in Dementia Action Week is The Cherry Tree pub which is hosting a fundraising night on Tuesday 21 May, offering fish and chip suppers (vegetarian option available) for £10 per meal with all proceeds donated to the Woodbridge Dementia Project.
The week of activity will be brought to a close by Music for Dementia at the Longshed on Friday 24 May from 2.00 – 5.00pm. The afternoon will include performances by POP choir and Farlingaye High School’s String Quartet. Refreshments including afternoon tea will be available, as well rides on the Woodbridge Memory Bike. There will be the opportunity to find out more about Woodbridge Dementia Project and information on services and support.
Dementia Champion and Deputy Head of Care at Seckford Care Cathy O’Brien said: “Every three minutes, someone in the UK develops dementia. This means almost all of us knows someone affected by dementia – a family member, customer or member of staff – and it doesn’t just affect older people. But too many people living with dementia report feeling cut off from their community, losing their friendships and facing the disease alone.
Dementia Action Week is a fantastic opportunity for the Woodbridge Dementia Project to widen its reach within the community and celebrate the achievements of our work so far. Through these events we hope to engage even more people in Woodbridge with our work.”