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 as Alton Town Mayor at the time, on attending our Memory Cafe delivered in collaboration with Altonian Care stated: "Its so good to see the Memory Cafe in action and I am very pleased that we are able provide such vital support within the Town".
With the group in its 8th year of activity in Alton and the surrounding area - we are pleased to confirm that we are continuing to use the Postcode Lottery grant along with many other donations to develop dementia-friendly support and activity, as well as money from EHDC and Screwfix Foundation to develop Horticulture Therapy. Easing out of lock down, we are pleased to say that we are working towards our previous target of providing an average 20 events a month, many of which include outside / horticulture therapy elements when the weather permits.