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Honiton dementia group enjoys successful first year

15:16 29 January 2016

Dementia Friendly Honiton group has received strong support from local organisations. Group members - Heather Penwarden, Caroline Kolek, Pat Perryman, Vicky Moss-Crump and Min Reynolds at Honiton Community Hospital. Ref mhh 6593-21-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Dementia Friendly Honiton group has received strong support from local organisations. Group members - Heather Penwarden, Caroline Kolek, Pat Perryman, Vicky Moss-Crump and Min Reynolds at Honiton Community Hospital. Ref mhh 6593-21-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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Members of Dementia Action Alliance have been working with communities to transform and improve the quality of lives of those living with dementia, and their carers.

Tireless work carried out by Honiton Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) group saw almost 650 people become ‘dementia friendly’ in Honiton in 2015.

The group, which was initially set up in January last year, has been working with communities to transform and improve the quality of lives of those living with dementia, and their carers.

Heather Penwarden, chair of DAA, said: “A third of young people know someone with dementia.

“With over two million people developing dementia in the next ten years, it is likely the majority of today’s young people will know someone affected by the condition in their lifetime.”

In 2015, DAA forged links with Honiton Community College and the town’s scouts and guiding groups.

It set up a nostalgic cinema group in collaboration with The Beehive and supported by Honiton Community Cinema, with Calamity Jane being screened on Thursday, March 24. A walking group was also created for people living with dementia, and their carers, in Honiton.

“These have proved very popular,” Mrs Penwarden said. “There will be an official launch in April, along with a published programme of walks that are open to anyone who would like to join us.”

The group has set its goals for this year.

Mrs Penwarden said: “Over the past 12 months we have achieved so much in helping Honiton work towards becoming a truly dementia-friendly community.

“Our immediate goals are to continue offering Dementia Friends awareness sessions to a broader range of high street shops, cafés and other hospitality services and to encourage more businesses, organisations and groups to show an interest in joining the alliance.

“We are just at the starting blocks of what we hope to achieve and have many plans and aspirations for the future.”

To get involved with Honiton DAA, email penwarden@btinternet.com

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