Temporarily Postponed - In line with current guidelines - we are pausing our social activities until Dec 2020 at the earliest. Hope to see you all at the Legion on 10th and 17th Dec for our usual Thursday afternoon events - WATCH THIS SPACE & STAY SAFE
Join us as we celebrate our 7th Year at the East Hampshire DemFest - on 14th May 2021 in Petersfield - See events section for more info
Alton became the first town in East Hampshire to become Dementia Friendly at a launch in the Community Centre on 1st July 2014. Many dementia and care organisations attended and since then over forty high street retailers have signed up to the Dementia Friendly Initiative. This means that they will display a dementia friendly sticker in their windows to show people that their staff have been trained to provide appropriate help and support to people with dementia and their families.
Councillor Graham Hill, Alton Town Mayor, who attended the event said: "Alton has always been a friendly town and I am very pleased that so many retailers have made it particularly welcoming for people with dementia".
Sarah Gardner the Local Area Co-ordinator for Dementia Friendly Communities said: "Two thirds of people diagnosed with dementia live within the community. Launching Alton as a Dementia Friendly town demonstrates a firm commitment from local retailers and residents to support people with dementia in retaining their independence for as long as possible."
Karen Murrell of ‘training4healthcare’ representing the Alton Chamber of Commerce and Industry has since become a Dementia Ambassador for the town and is pleased to be joining the team who will take on role of Chair within the Dementia Action Group and co-ordinate Dementia awareness training for the Town of Alton.
As the group reaches its 6th year of activity in Alton and the surrounding area - we are pleased to announce that we have used the Postcode Lottery grant awarded in 2019 along with many other donations to develop dementia-friendly support & activity throughout 2019. As we enter 2020 we are pleased to announce that we have on average 20 events a month that are provided, funded or promoted by Dementia-friendly Alton
“"Dementia-friendly Activities are just as important to the many carers who are often forgotten who also have to live with the disease as well 24/7, and we must not forget that the fight against dementia is still and will continue for many many years, as in my home county of Hampshire there are 27,500 people diagnosed with some form of Alzheimer's/Dementia, with under 100 professional Dementia Support Workers and Advisors that work for various charities to help not only the diagnosed but their families as well. It has been stated that one person is diagnosed every 3 minutes in the UK, and one person every three seconds in the world which brings the number to over 50 million worldwide so the battle continues.’’ Terry Eccott Care Campaign for the Vulnerable Ambassador”
Terry Eccott - Care Campaign for the Vulnerable Ambassador