There are an estimated 10,000 people living with Dementia in North Yorkshire. In fact, 52% of people in the UK say that they know someone affected by the condition.
These are startling statistics, but keeping in touch with friends, staying active and continuing to do the things you enjoy, is one important way that people living with dementia can look after their wellbeing. This is why the two groups that Dementia Forward run in the Pickering area are such a lifeline to local people with dementia. The focus is on having fun and socialising in a supportive environment.
Monday Melodies takes place at Pickering Memorial Hall on Monday mornings, while Welcome Wednesday is a lunch group at Middleton & Aislaby village hall. The groups are run by members of staff and local volunteers, and the charity are currently looking for new volunteers to join the team. As Volunteer Co-ordinator Debby Lennox explains, “You might not think you have the skills to support our services, but everyone has something to offer; whether you can sing, bake, play an instrument, make a great cup of tea or love to chat. If you can spare a little bit of time, whether it is once a week or once a month, it really does make a difference.” Long-term volunteer Heather sums up what volunteering means to her: “I honestly get as much out of it as I put in. Often when I am in the kitchen preparing the refreshments, I hear the sound of laughter coming from the hall, and I think that’s what it is all about. It is truly rewarding.”
If you are interested in volunteering, or if you know someone who could benefit from the services of Dementia Forward, please get in touch on 03300 578592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.