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Developing Crich as a Dementia Friendly Community


Some of you may recall that in the last edition of the CACN I wrote about the development of a working party, affiliated to the Crich Patients’ Participation Group, which is exploring ways in which Crich and the surrounding communities can become more “dementia aware” and “dementia friendly”. Since writing that piece I am pleased to say that there have been some encouraging developments.

Music sessions for people experiencing dementia have been run in Ripley at Mapleleaf House for some time. We are delighted to announce that the lead musicians, Scott and Brian, have agreed to run monthly sessions in Crich. The first session will be on Friday 10th February at 2.00 p.m. at the Wesley Methodist Chapel, Chapel Lane, Crich DE4 5BU.

The session will last for 30 minutes but there will be a chance to stay longer to socialise and have a cup of tea. Carers and anyone accompanying someone with dementia are welcome to stay.

The intention is that the sessions will become a regular event, on the afternoon of the second Friday of every month.

Anyone who would like more information, please contact Heather Johnson – telephone 01773 856212.

We are about to publish the first edition of what we hope will be a quarterly newsletter. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide information for people with dementia, their friends, families and carers about services and opportunities that are available locally. We aim to distribute the newsletter as widely as possible.

Other things we are working on include developing training packages for local people, including local shops and service providers, a sponsored walk and the possibility of starting a Fit Club.

If anyone would like more information about the Group please contact Frances James on 01773 852692.