Dementia group has new website in its sights

PUBLISHED: 11:30 24 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:42 26 February 2015

Heather Penwarden with some of the Honiton Community College students that will help to build a website. Ref mhh 2901-07-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Heather Penwarden with some of the Honiton Community College students that will help to build a website. Ref mhh 2901-07-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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Honiton Dementia Action Alliance Group needs £3,000 to make the online platform become a reality.

Young people have the chance to help create and launch a new website for Honiton Dementia Action Alliance Group.

The organisation, which is striving to make Honiton known as a ‘dementia friendly’ town, wants to launch the new site - but needs to find £2,000 to make it happen.

The website, when launched, will provide advice, information and guidance about living with dementia, along with what support is available in Honiton.

Heather Penwarden, founder of the group, said: “Whilst costs will not be great for this project, we do need funds for our website, leaflets, promotional material and for a Dementia Awareness Day we are planning in, hopefully, September.

“Honiton Senior Voice has kindly given some support as has Honiton Memory Café and Colin Wright, a local printer and chairman of Honiton Chamber of Commerce.”

Heather has recently celebrated a £1,000 grant won by the group after making a pitch in a Dragons’ Den-style competition.

She added: “A couple of weeks ago our application was accepted to take part in a Honiton Coming Together Dragons’ Den-style pitch for a share of £5,000 of grant money made available for community groups starting up in the town.

“Eight groups were offered five-minute pitches to an audience at The Beehive who then voted on who they thought the most worthy cause.

“The alliance group was successful in getting the £1,000 we asked for which is a great boost.

“We will need to find at least another £2,000 to achieve all we want to and will be applying for grants and having fundraising events to help us towards this.”

Anyone who wants to help with the building of the website should email Heather at Penwarden@btinternet.com


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