A dementia fair for people affected by dementia and those with an interest took place at St John’s Church in Epping.
Around 100 people attended the free event organised by Epping Forest Dementia Action Alliance in partnership with the Epping Team Ministry.
Support from local dementia friendly groups
The fair offered lots of support with talks, singing, seated exercises and tasters from some of the local dementia friendly groups.
Guest speakers were:
- Coopersale & Theydon Gannon Primary school – 3 pupils spoke about their experiences with Ashlar House and how this kind of intergenerational makes such a difference
- Alzheimer’s Society – their support services and dementia friendly communities
- Essex Police – their Herbert Protocol for people with dementia at risk of going missing
- Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust – role of the Admiral Nurse – specialist in dementia
- Essex County Fire & Rescue Service – keeping safe at home
- Home Instead Epping Forest – Singing for the Brain
- Epping Forest District Council – Lucy Vandermark, Health, and Wellbeing Assistant – taster seated exercise class
Epping Forest District Council Community and Wellbeing Team, Alzheimer’s Society, Essex Police, St Clare Hospice, Voluntary Action Epping Forest, Carers First Essex, Woodland Grove Care Home, Ashlar House Care Home – Barchester Healthcare, Dementia UK and Epping Forest Youth Council were also in attendance.
Local support available
Councillor Aniket Patel, Cabinet Member for Community Services said:
The event was created to inform people of all the local support available for anyone who is interested in dementia, including those affected by dementia.
It was a tremendous success, and we hope to stage another fair in the future.
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