Packed out annual general meeting for dementia action alliance

PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:15 07 April 2016

Heather Penwarden receives a cheque from Honiton Tesco for £98.28.

Heather Penwarden receives a cheque from Honiton Tesco for £98.28.

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Chairman Heather Penwarden presented the annual report and outlined plans that the steering group have for the next 12 months.

The special cake baked by Julie Courtney-Rowland.The special cake baked by Julie Courtney-Rowland.

There was a full room for Honiton Dementia Action Alliance’s (HDAA) first-ever annual general meeting.

Representatives from some of the 27 members of the organisation were present, along with others that are working towards becoming dementia friendly organisations.

Chairman Heather Penwarden presented the annual report and outlined plans that the steering group have for the next 12 months.

These include producing information leaflets, adding to the 685 ‘dementia friends’ that have already been created, and supporting more organisations to become dementia aware.

Heather Penwarden with Helen Turner, leader of 1st Honiton Scouts.Heather Penwarden with Helen Turner, leader of 1st Honiton Scouts.

Vicky Moss-Crump, operations manager at Honiton-based firm Cosmic, gave an enlightening presentation on how HDAA is getting dementia awareness messages across though their website and social media accounts.

Helen Turner, leader of 1st Honiton Scouts, gave a colourful presentation on all the dementia friendly work Honiton’s Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are doing, including painted signs for the home and hand decorated memory boxes.

Andrew Dare, area manager for Leisure East Devon outlined how the company has been working closely with the dementia group to start up Honiton Memory Café’s ambling group, which sees its official launch on Thursday, April 14.

Members will take an amble through the grounds of Escot followed by a cream tea.

Heather Penwarden with Neil Parish MP.Heather Penwarden with Neil Parish MP.

William Gillings, the new community champion for Honiton Tesco, told the meeting how he hopes to lead the store to become dementia friendly.

He, with Duncan Sheridan-Shaw, presented a cheque for £98.28 raised from a used book sale.

Paula Land gave a vote of thanks on behalf of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce and told of how the chamber is fully supportive of all the work carried out by HDAA.

Neil Parish MP also attended the meeting, and paid tribute to all the work carried out by the steering group and the alliance members.

Speaking at the meeting, he described Honiton as a ‘beacon amongst dementia friendly communities’.

Heather concluded the meeting by offering a huge thank you to all those individuals groups and organisations that have contributed in the last 12 months to helping Honiton become a good place to live if you have dementia.

She added: “Honiton Dementia Action Alliance is such a good example of what can be achieved when a community works together on a common cause.

“It openly reflects the warm, generous and inclusive nature of our town and I look forward to welcoming more groups into the Alliance over the coming year.”

Anyone who would like to become a dementia friend or is in an organisation that would like to join HDDA is asked to email Heather at Penwarden@btinternet.com

Following the meeting there was time to talk over tea and a cake baked especially for the occasion by Julie Courtney-Rowland.


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