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Kingston holds special events to mark Dementia Awareness Week

From flower arranging to water-based exercise and even a dedicated dementia cafe, Kingston Council is marking Dementia Awareness Week by holding a series of special events in leisure centres.

The free dementia cafe is to be held at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre from 12 noon to 3pm and offers the opportunity for those living with dementia and their carers to chat to others over some tea and cake.

Over 50 of the council’s leisure centre staff have had specialist training and are qualified ‘Dementia Friends’.

Sue Gregory-Johnson, Sports and Leisure Commissioner at Kingston Council, said:

“It’s so important that we recognise and support those with dementia and their carers, as well as offering opportunities for them to socialise and keep fit and healthy.

“We have over 50 staff across our four leisure centres who are ‘Dementia Friends’ thanks to Staywell Kingston. This partnership is invaluable and has delivered excellent results for Kingston and its residents.

“If you know someone who is a carer for a loved one with dementia, invite them to come along to one of our fourteen events happening across the borough.”

Dementia Awareness Week runs from 15 to 19 May.

To find out more the events, visit Council webpage with events. To discover more about Dementia Awareness Week, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk. To become a Dementia Friend, see www.dementiafriends.org.uk.