SIDMOUTH: Memory awareness event a success
23rd March 2012
A NUMBER of local organisations came together for a special memory awareness event.
The “Memory Matters” event, held at Sidmouth Methodist Church Hall, was organised by the Sidmouth Locality Health and Social Care Team with the backing of Sidmouth Cottage Hospital.
A number of local organisations and groups used the opportunity to promote their support services for those with memory loss and for carers looking after the ill. Those attending included representatives from Devon’s Age UK, Devon Virtual Carers Centre, Home Safeguard, LINk Devon, Sidmouth Help Link, Sidmouth Stroke Club and Sidmouth Voluntary Services. Also in attendance was Sidmouth’s Carer Support Group for Alzheimer’s and Dementia to promote their monthly meetings. The group come together the third Tuesday of each month at Abbeyfield, Sidmouth, from 2pm to 4pm where they offer a variety of speakers and support.
Members of Sid Valley Memory café also went along to to inform people of their friendly social meeting place for people with all types of memory problems, as well as their carers, family and friends. The café, held at Twyford House, runs from 2.30pm to 4.30pm the second and fourth Wednesday of each month offering support and a chance to talk to others in a free and safe environment, while enjoying a vast selection of activities.
Representatives from two of Sidmouth’s residential care homes, Arcot House and Bindon and Elmcroft Residential Home, also manned stands, offering local day care facilities.
A highlight of the morning was a talk entitled “I really can’t remember where I put it” given by manager of the Conybeare Ward at Axminster Hospital, Shiobhan Pickering.
Chairman of the Sidmouth Locality Health and Social Team, Ian Skinner was pleased with the event and said: “I am really pleased with the numbers that attended the morning and I hope that now people have a better understanding of memory problems and how to manage physical and mental wellbeing.”
|A whole host of supporters and carers came along to Memory Matters to promote memory awareness and services|
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