Richmond urged to unite for Dementia Awareness Week

Release Date: 08 May 2017

Richmond residents are being urged to unite next week to improve their knowledge of dementia and raise awareness for local charities.

As part of Dementia Awareness Week (14 to 20 May) members of the Richmond Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) are delivering a number of events to help raise money and learn more about how we can support people living with the condition and their carers to feel supported by their local communities.

The DAA is a collection of local business and organisations, brought together to improve the lives of people with dementia. There are over 91 local members, including health and social care, community groups and faith organisations, emergency services and arts and heritage sites e.g. Kew Gardens and Hampton Court.

Next week, the DAA will be leading on a number of events and the public are invited to attend. Events include:

Cakes and Information from the Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare Trust (HRCH)

Dementia Specialists from HRCH will be holding a number of information stalls (with accompanying fundraising cake sale) at local clinics and health centres. These will take place at:

  • Woodville Centre in Ham on 15 May from 10am to 2pm
  • Sheen Centre House on 16 May from 10.30am to 2pm
  • Teddington Memorial Hospital Reception on 18 and 19 May from 10.30am to 2pm

They will also be holding a number of Dementia Friends Training Sessions, to help businesses and local organisations sign up and demonstrate their commitment to changing people’s perceptions of dementia.

Fun Fundraising with My Life Films

To raise money for Alzheimer’s charities, My Life Films will be holding a running workshop in Teddington on 16 May and a pub quiz at the Turks Head in St Margarets on 18 May. They will also be attending a number of local events, including the Richmond May Fair.

Information with the Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society will be holding a number of information stalls from 10am to 4pm. These will take place at

  • Woodville Centre on 15 May
  • Richmond Carers Centre on 17 May
  • Richmond Town Centre on 18 May
  • Kingston Hospital on 19 May

Houda Al-Sharifi, Director of Public Health for Richmond Council, said:

“The Richmond Dementia Action Alliance have worked hard to develop a full and varied programme of activity for Dementia Awareness Week. They aim to really give local people a chance to find out more about what support is available, and also how they could get involved and become ‘dementia friendly.’

“There are lots of support services available across Richmond upon Thames for people living with dementia and their families. It is important to showcase these during Dementia Awareness Week in case any of our residents ever need them.”

For more information visit Dementia Action Alliance, HRCH Trust, My Life Films and Richmond Alzheimer's Society.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P205/17

Updated: 21 June 2017