Local Staffs residents participate in Dementia Action Week 2019

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For Dementia Action week 2019, starting on May 20th  local residents are being encouraged to participate in a number of events and projects.

Approach, a Staffordshire Charity that helps ‘provide specialist support and advice for older people with dementia and related issues in North Staffordshire’, are launching Dementia Action Week with ‘A Walk to Remember’

The walk will be held on Sunday the 2nd of June 2019 at Westport Lake.

The aim of the event is to raise awareness of dementia and remember loved ones who have or are currently suffering from the disease.

Each lap around the lake is 0.7 miles and locals are encouraged to take part as much as they can.

To raise money for the cause, merchandises such as forget-me-not pins and dog bandanas are also being sold.

Other neighbouring communities are also taking part in the Dementia Action week.

Tamworth are encouraging residents, schools and local groups to ‘pick up their needles and get knitting’.

Their project is named CommuKnitty and is being used to promote the Tamworth in Bloom campaign and raise awareness about dementia.

The aim of the project Is to ‘brighten up Tamworth’s open spaces by inviting people to ‘button up the bark of local trees with a knitted ‘tree cosy’ or  to knit a forget-me-not flower.

The knitted forget-me-nots will have cards attached to them with useful information about dementia.

The knitted objects are going to be hung around all summer and available for people to pick and collect.

These activities have been constructed in order to make Tamworth more dementia friendly whilst raising awareness.

On April 20th, when the project was launched, people collected knitting pattern packs at the Tamworth Activity Centre from their Community Together CIC hub.

To honour Dementia Friendly Communities, the tree cosies and forget me nots are said to be knitted in yellow and blue wool, the colours associated with many dementia communities.

Tamworth community centre is also holding classes to help show people how to knit and give people  an opportunity to get talking to locals participating in the project.

Lee Bates, Project Co-ordinator for Community Together CIC, said: “We really enjoyed launching the knitting projects at the hub.

“The tree cosies, along with the forget-me-not knitted flowers, will show, in a colourful way, Tamworth’s commitment to creating a truly dementia friendly town.

“This project is open to everyone, whether you’re an experienced knitter or would like to learn knitting for the first time; our volunteers can get you started.

Community Together CIC is proud to do our part and hope Tamworth wins gold in its 10th year.”

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