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Local people invited to social club to mark Dementia Awareness Week

16 May 2016
Amanda Martin with the Dementia Awareness volunteers

Torbay residents affected by dementia are invited to meet new people at a community club to mark Dementia Awareness Week 2016.

Weekly social club

Supported by Sanctuary Housing, the Chelston Action Group (CAG) has teamed up with Torbay’s Purple Angel dementia campaign to launch a weekly social club offering local residents the opportunity to interact with their community.

Taking place at St Peters Centre, Chelston, Torquay, every Wednesday from 10am-2pm, attendees will be able to take part in a range of social activities, learn more about dementia and find out what’s going on in their neighbourhood.

In addition, the club will hold drop-in surgeries where local people can meet and chat to representatives from Torbay organisations such as the police and council.

Purple Angel

The club is just one part of the Purple Angel dementia campaign, which aims to work with Torbay residents to turn their town into a dementia-friendly community, and has received support from locations all over the world.

“Offer meaningful services to Torbay residents”

Amanda Martin from CAG, which won the Partnership Award at Sanctuary’s Torbay Community Star Awards earlier this year, said: “We work across the local area to offer meaningful services to Torbay residents, and Dementia Awareness Week has given us a fantastic opportunity to promote the social club. Anyone living with or affected by dementia is welcome to come along.”

“Friendly, informal get-together”

Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships officer, Lynne Roberts, added: “It’s important to us to invest in community-led projects like this social club that address the needs of our residents, and I’d encourage all local people to drop in for a friendly, informal get-together with their neighbours.”

Dementia Awareness Week 2016 runs from 15-21 May and is led by the Alzheimer’s Society, aimed at increasing understanding of dementia, raising awareness of the condition and the support that the organisation offers.