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It is a pleasure to report on three successful and enjoyable initiatives that the Crich Area Dementia Friends’ Group has been involved in recently.

Firstly, we were delighted to be able to support the performance of “Sharing Joy” at the Glebe Centre in July, put on by the Vamos Theatre Group and organised by the Live and Local Group. Sharing Joy is a play using music, mime, dance but no words. The actors wear full face masks which adds to the wonderment of the whole piece. Everyone who was lucky enough to attend the performance thoroughly enjoyed it. It certainly lived up to its name of “Sharing Joy”.

As we reported in the last edition of the CACN, the three gentle yoga “taster sessions”, which we ran in the summer, were an enormous success and there was a strong wish from everyone who attended the sessions for gentle yoga to become a regular event. We were delighted that Bev Lomax, who ran the sessions for us, agreed to lead the group again. The regular sessions began in September. They take place every alternate Tuesday morning, from 10.00am to noon at the Glebe Field Centre, Crich. The next session is 4th December. They will start again in the New Year, on 8th January.

The music sessions, held at the Wesleyan Chapel on the second Friday of every month at 2.00pm, continue to be very popular. The sessions are well attended but we are eager to ensure that as many people who would enjoy them know about them and come along to experience the fun for themselves. We would be most grateful if people would share information about the music sessions with anyone who they think might want to come. As we have mentioned before, transport can sometimes be provided. If you would like more information, please ring Heather Johnson on

01773 856212.

The Autumn edition of the Dementia Friends’ newsletter was published in early November.

We are extremely grateful to the volunteers and young people who help to deliver the newsletter; the range of the distribution has undoubtedly improved. If, however, you know of anyone who would like to receive a newsletter but has not received one to date, please contact Frances James on the number above.

Should you have any comments about or suggestions for our work or want more information about our activities, please get in touch.

Frances James

01773 852692