Activity sessions to help rekindle memories in Chichester

Four senior citizens look at a mobile phone.

An exciting new project to help stimulate memories for people with dementia or with memory loss concerns is set to launch in Chichester.

Sanctuary Housing is funding a series of monthly Thursday Activity sessions featuring music, dance, poetry and discussions about public affairs being run by Dementia Support.

They are designed to help people express themselves, remember important parts of their life and feel a sense of companionship.

The first of the 90-minute Alive! sessions will take place at the Dementia Support Hub in City Fields Way on Thursday 19 January from 10.30am to noon with further meetings on 16 February, 16 March and 20 April.

Rebecca Galhardi, from Dementia Support, said: “These social activities provide a warm and welcoming opportunity for people living with memory loss and carers to come together.

“The sessions help them to rekindle memories and keep active. We are grateful for Sanctuary’s grant which will ensure we can offer even more activities for people living with memory loss and dementia.”

Cherry Shagan, Sanctuary’s community investment officer, said: “Projects such as this are hugely beneficial to the people who access them because it enables them to enhance their lives by engaging with others.

“The work Dementia Support does is an important part of the local community and we are delighted to support the sessions.”

To reserve a place for the sessions or for more details call 01243 888691 or email info@dementia-support.org.uk.

This project is being funded by Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund, which is currently accepting applications from community projects benefiting Sanctuary residents and their communities.

To find out more about the fund, call 01905 335411 or email community@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.