Stockport supports Dementia Action Week

Stockport Council, the local NHS and community run dementia groups are supporting Dementia Action Week (21st-27th May)

Stockport  supports Dementia Action Week

The public are being encouraged to take small actions to raise awareness of dementia. In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes. In Stockport there are currently 2900 people diagnosed with the condition. It is estimated that in addition to this there are around 1000 people yet to be diagnosed who are facing the condition alone.

Stockport Council’s Director of Adult Social Care, Mark Fitton said:

“Stockport Council and our health partners are committed to making Stockport a dementia friendly borough. We can’t do this on our own and we would like to work with community groups and individuals to take actions to realise this vision. It’s fantastic that we already have some great community projects but with incidences of dementia growing we will need even more people to become “Dementia Aware.” Small actions taken collectively can make a big impact.”

Stockport School pupil, Orion Johnson, aged 12, is one of many volunteers in Stockport that are making a difference to lives of people living with dementia. Orion is a member with other class mates, of Stockport’s first intergenerational choir. The choir will be performing at Stockport Town Hall on 24th May In ‘Doing Dementia Differently.’ This inspiring annual event hosted by ‘EDUCATE’ (a group of people with dementia) celebrates the achievements of people living with dementia.

Orion said:

“I like singing in the choir as it’s important to help people with dementia preserve their memories and singing the old songs helps them do this. We also have a lot of fun."

Orion has also got involved in Stockport’s Forget-me-not crafting project. The school boy recruited an army of volunteers from family and family friends and has amassed an impressive floral display of crocheted forget-me-nots. These will be added to nearly 2000 forget-me-nots, blankets, bracelets, hair clips all crocheted or knitted by volunteers following a successful social media appeal.
The crocheted forget-me-nots will be sold to raise awareness of dementia and to raise funds for Stockport’s voluntary / community run dementia projects.

Ways to become Dementia Aware

There are a number of ways that individuals and organisations can become more dementia aware.

  • Come along to ‘Doing Dementia Differently’ at Stockport Town Hall on Thursday 24 May at 7:30pm, and listen to Stockport’s intergenerational choir and much more - FREE non ticketed event hosted by EDUCATE.
  • Come along to to free- Dementia awareness day on Friday May 25 – Pinewood House, Stepping Hill Hospital for further information dementia@stockport.nhs.uk. Everyone is welcome to drop in throughout the event
  • Individuals can sign up to become a “Dementia Friend”
  • During Dementia Action week, purchase for a donation a crocheted forget-me-not from your local Stockport Library
  • Local organisations, businesses and schools can join the Stockport Dementia Action Alliance.
  • Check out the Dementia Road Map Resource Directory with information on local support groups and other useful resources for people with dementia and their carers

For additional events happening during Dementia Action Week see our events calendar