as a Dementia-friendly Village is an initiative set up by a number of concerned
Kenton individuals and organisations with the full support and inclusion of the
Westbank GP’s practice.
The project has been in formation for several years now and we aim to support
both sufferers and carers of those with memory problems but also all older
people in the local area who may be finding life isolating or in poor health. We
have a very successful reflections café which runs on the third Saturday of the
month from 11am to 1pm at the fellowship room in All Saints’ Church Kenton. There is always plenty
going on and even if you just want a coffee and cake that’s fine. We have a wide range of
activities going at the café from quizzes to chair yoga.
We work with individuals, local businesses and community organisations, to improve the experiences of people with dementia and memory problems living in the village. We have regular dementia awareness training sessions, which have been attended by many of the businesses and clubs in the area and is growing in popularity.
We are also now in the process, with the Kenton Allotments, of developing a sensory garden for anyone to enjoy and relax in. We have other ideas we also hope to develop, such as film showings.
So, are you someone (or caring for someone) with dementia or memory difficulties or do you know someone who is? Do you have any ideas? Perhaps you are someone feeling lonely needing a way to connect again. If so we’d like to hear from you. We want to find out how to make Kenton an even better place to live for people with these difficulties.
We would also like to invite you to…
- Become a member of the steering group
- Raise awareness of dementia
- Join the Reflection café
- Help at the café or other event
Through organisations and individuals in our community joining together and with support from Central Government and from Alan Connett (County and District Councillor), together with superb encouragement, expert advice and support from the Alzheimer’s Society we are confident that we can create a dementia-friendly village where there is a greater awareness and understanding of dementia and where individuals with dementia can remain independent, having choice and control over their lives. We recognise how important it is for their carers to be, and feel, supported. Kenton Parish Council has assisted us with supporting our application for an Elector Fund Grant which has enabled us to go forward with the project at no cost to the community.
To get in touch to register your interest, please contact:
Annette German - Telephone 01626 891171
KDFV is associated with Dementia Action Alliance - please follow this LINK