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Tea time toast to dementia friendly town
Tuesday 16th May, 2017

A celebration to mark Wigan Borough being named Dementia Friendly Community Town of the Year is a showpiece event for this year’s Dementia Awareness week.

The afternoon tea is a chance to mark the borough’s achievement in the National Alzheimer’s Society Awards 2016 and to raise awareness of the condition which affects 850,000 people in the UK.

The prestigious award came after a strong series of work by a range of organisations and the community coming together to make the borough dementia friendly. This includes creating dementia friendly communities by encouraging people to become dementia friends and bringing together people affected by the condition with others in their local area.

This work has helped a wide variety of dementia friendly sessions such as swimming, dog walking and pub based groups set up based on what people actually want.

It has also seen memory making sessions spring up offering a weekly forum and place for people with dementia to meet up, learn new things and harness the power of nostalgia to help people reminisce.

The award is recognition too of the work being done through The Deal for Health and Wellness by creating a collaborative environment for services such as GPs and community spaces to all work towards supporting people with dementia.

The event will take place at The Annex at Sunshine House Community Centre on Friday, 19th May from noon to 3pm.

To find out more and book a place call 01942 828803 or email Meghan.owen@wigan.gov.uk

To find out more about dementia friendly sessions visit www.wigan.gov.uk/dementiaactivities.

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