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Colchester Borough Homes Supports Essex Dementia Day

Essex Dementia Day 2019

As part of its ongoing commitment to become a dementia-friendly organisation, Colchester Borough Homes (CBH) will be supporting Essex Dementia Day on Friday 18 January 2019.

CBH is fully committed to raising awareness of dementia amongst its staff and residents, as well as supporting those living with the condition, their carers and their families.

On 18 January, Colchester Borough Homes will be running a Dementia Friends session from 12 - 1pm in the One Colchester Shop, located at Unit 81, Culver Street East. Part of an initiative by the Alzheimer's Society, these interactive workshops increase understanding of dementia and the small changes people can make to improve the lives of people who are affected by it.

Colchester Borough Homes and Colchester Borough Council will also be supporting a Market Stall arranged by Community360 in the High Street from 10am - 3pm. Passers-by will be able to stop at the stall for information and advice on dementia and the services available for those living with the condition in Colchester.

Chief Executive of Colchester Borough Homes Gareth Mitchell, said: "Colchester Borough Homes is committed to becoming a dementia-friendly organisation. We are happy to be working in partnership with these organisations to support Essex Dementia Day. We recognise that dementia affects residents of all ages and tenure types and, through awareness and practical changes, we work to improve the lives of those directly and indirectly affected by dementia."

This is the latest in a series of moves by Colchester Borough Homes and Colchester Borough Council to support people with dementia in Colchester. Leisure World Colchester's free programme of fun, relaxed activities and sports for people living with dementia and their carers has been extended until April 2019. 148 members of CBH staff have been trained as Dementia Friends to help recognise and support people with dementia and their carers.

The Essex Dementia Day activities support the aims of the Livewell campaign which helps to support residents to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. To find out more about the Livewell campaign in Essex, please visit www.livewellcampaign.co.uk

For more information on Leisure World's Dementia Friendly sessions please visit:  https://colchesterleisureworld.co.uk/dementia-friendly-activities/

For further information or comment please contact: communications@colchester.gov.uk or 078150 88150.