Dementia Action Week 2018

Dementia Action Week 2018
17th May 2018 c360admin

17th May 2018


Partners of the Colchester Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) are taking action and coming together for Dementia Action Week (21st – 27th May).


Awareness of dementia has increased greatly, and while raising awareness will remain important we must go further, we now need people to unite and take action on dementia to help create dementia friendly communities.


No action is too big or too small – whether you become a dementia friend and gain a bit more understanding about dementia, or you could spend time and reach out to someone with dementia for a chat. Every action makes a difference.


Members of the Colchester Dementia Action Alliance, which include Colchester Borough Council, Community360, Essex County Council and Alzheimer’s Society have joined together to host some activities in the local area to recognise Dementia Action week.


Lion Walk Activity Centre will host a range of activities taking place on the 23rd and 25th May. The activities are all free and will include a stall offering a range of useful information to take away, there are two ‘Dementia Friends’ sessions on the 23rd May, 11am-12noon and 1-2pm and one session on the 25th 1-2pm.


In addition to the dementia friends session on the 25th May, visitors are also welcome to join a ‘Songs & Memories’ session 11am -12noon.


Sessions are open to all, but with spaces limited, people are advised to book early by emailing or calling 01206 282578.

Proceeds from a cake sale will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Colchester Leisure World will also be hosting a Dementia Friends session on 23rd May after their own ‘Songs and Memories’ session in Charter Hall  2 -3pm.

Sessions are open to all, people are advised to book by calling 0333 032 1399


Leisure World Colchester offers a free programme of fun, relaxed activities and sports especially for people living with dementia and their carers.

These Dementia Friendly sessions run every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, during school term-time, offering participants the opportunity to enjoy activities they love or try something new – all in a safe and supportive environment.

Community360 are hosting an afternoon tea on 21st May 12:30 – 2.30pm at the One Colchester Pop up shop in Culver Street East. Anyone is welcome to pop along for a chat, learn more about local dementia services and support in the community and of course drink tea and eat cake!


For more information on the work of the Colchester Dementia Action Alliance, please

If you would like to learn more about dementia friends

If you or someone you know is affected by dementia more information is available online at  or contact the Family Navigators at Alzheimer’s Society on 01245 260911.



Editors’ notes

For further information please contact Community360 CEO, Tracy Rudling on 01206 505250 or email


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