Love2Move - British Gymnastics Foundation
We are excited to introduce the above programme to our events for 2021. Love to Move is a chair-based age and dementia friendly gymnastics exercise programme, developed by the British Gymnastics Foundation. During lockdown, we have been undergoing training to deliver this programme and we are very excited to introduce it into Alton. Look forward to seeing you on the 9th June
HAPPY NEW YEAR
We would like to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year and best wishes for 2021.
We hope to resume our meetings, events and social activities as soon as it is safe to do so. We are very much looking forward to being able to get together again to provide activities for people to engage with as soon we are able. Any meetings that we do provide will continue to comply with COVID safe measures. We will need to wait to see what venues will be able to open when restrictions are lifted after lockdown and hope this could be as early as March 2021. We will update the website and Facebook page with details as soon as we know more and are in a position to confirm details.
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