A new group aiming to make Rochford a dementia friendly town is holding a series of launch events this month with the support of Sanctuary Housing.
The events, which will help to raise awareness of dementia and address issues surrounding the condition, take place over a three-week period from 12 September to coincide with World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September.
Among them will be a Virtual Dementia Bus in the town square on 18 September which will enable people to experience what it is like to live with dementia and the challenges they face in different environments.
Members of the Rochford Parish Dementia Action Alliance will also be on hand at the Women’s Institute Hall in West Street the same day to answer questions and give out information.
Free sessions will also be held to teach people about becoming Dementia Friends, where participants can gain a greater understanding of dementia and encourage them to visit someone with the condition and pass on their knowledge to others.
These take place at Rochford Library on 19 September from 10am to 12noon, at the Parish Rooms on 21 September from 5.30pm to 7pm and in St Mark’s Hall on 22 September at 11am.
Gill Gibson, Chair of the Rochford Parish Dementia Action Alliance, commented: “As more people are diagnosed with dementia it is important to educate the community about the condition and what it involves.
“It is our aim to make Rochford a dementia friendly town and these events in September and beyond will go a long way towards achieving that goal.”
Emma Keegan, Sanctuary’s Managing Director – Rochford, said: “Dementia is a subject close to a lot of peoples’ hearts and we are pleased to be able to play a part in increasing its awareness.
“Our funding has enabled these events to take place and hopefully this is the start of a successful partnership.”
The project is being funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.