Dementia Awareness Week

We’re supporting Alzheimer’s Society by having collection tins and information leaflets in store all week.  

Here’s Alzheimer’s Society’s press release showing what they are doing for Dementia Awareness Week…

Alzheimer’s Society in Calderdale is encouraging residents to unite against dementia this Dementia Awareness Week (14-21 May). On Saturday 20th May charity staff and volunteers will be hosting a Fun for All event at The OrangeBox Theatre to encourage local people to tackle dementia by volunteering, donating or campaigning for change.

Dementia Awareness Week 2017 in Calderdale will feature a large scale fun day event in Halifax Town Centre on Saturday 20th May from 1:30pm to 4:30pm

  • There will be information stalls from these organisations: Age UK, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Memory Lane Café, Todmorden Dementia Café, Calderdale Adult Safeguarding Team, Stroke Association, Dementia Action Alliance, West Yorkshire Police, The Staying Well Team, Calderdale Council Adult Social Work Teams, Calderdale Memory Clinic and Beech Hill Primary School.
  • Outside of the event we will also have a market stall in front of Marks and Spencers, raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s Society. Information about the fun day event will also be available to encourage more engagement from the general public at the event. We will also have a Pets as Therapy dog with his owner, playing guitar and busking outside of the OrangeBox theatre to encourage passers-by to join us. On top of this there will also be a fire engine and police car for people to investigate and take the tour.
  • Inside the event there will be a free climbing wall with instructor. A Doodle draw space for everyone to participate in a “Generations United Against Dementia” collage, a fun photo booth to encourage people to raise awareness on social media and a display created with Beech Hill School, and Winston Plowes, the poet who supported us through Dementia Awareness Week last year. The display will include the poems created from our Dementia Awareness Week Memory Tree last year and poems from children and parents at Beech Hill School.
  • Our events programme of performances will include taster sessions of street dancing, ballroom, latin dancing, and singing taster sessions too. The full list of performances can be found below.
TimePerformance
1:30pm to 2:00pmAll Souls Operatic Society
2:00pm to 2:30pmBeech Hill school Poems and Dance
2:30pm to 3:00pmTristan Dance Studios
3:00pm to 3:30pmTristan Dance Studios
3:30pm to 4:00pmSinging for the Brain
4:00pm to 4:30pmAnnapurna Indian Dancing
  • We will also have MP Holly Lynch, Regional Operations Manager for Yorkshire and Humber, Judith King, and Head of Service Improvement and Safeguarding for England and Wales, Alex Cole. Alzheimer’s Society’s Operations Director, Kathryn Smith may also be in attendance.

This year, Alzheimer’s Society is asking people to come together to unite against dementia, forgetting their differences to help urgently find a cure, improve care, and offer help and understanding during Dementia Awareness Week. Harvey’s of Halifax is playing its part by joining the Dementia Action Alliance, raising awareness by making its staff Dementia Friends and publicising local activities and services during Dementia Awareness Week.

Tania Taylor Services Manager for Alzheimer’s Society in Calderdale & Kirklees, said: “We’re calling on people in Calderdale to show their support at our Fun For All event this Dementia Awareness Week.

Dementia doesn’t care who you are; it could affect us all. It’s set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes, and so many people are facing it alone.

“People with dementia often feel – and are – misunderstood, marginalised and isolated but with the right support and understanding they can continue to live fulfilling lives and make a contribution to their communities. So, unite with us now and join us at 1:30pm to 4:30pm on Saturday 20th May.

Over 2600 people are living with dementia in Calderdale Alzheimer’s Society is here for anyone affected by dementia. The charity provides information and support, to find out more you’re your local office on 01442 352 789 National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 or visit alzheimers.org.uk/DAW

Unite with us now at alzheimers.org.uk