Dementia friendly borough

Havant Borough Council has signed up to the Dementia Friends initiative, a social action movement led by the Alzheimer’s Society which aims to change perceptions of, and address the fear and stigma associated with, dementia.

Dementia is a disease of the brain which can affect memory, everyday tasks, communication and perception. There are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. Hampshire is home to approximately 18,000 of these individuals, with approximately 2,000 of those residing in the Havant Borough; this figure is set to rise.

People with dementia face many challenges going about their daily lives. These include going shopping, using public transport, socialising and getting involved with their community. When they face difficulties it adds to their stress and can lead to them reducing, or giving up, their community involvement and becoming isolated.

Community-based and customer-focused organisations have an important role to play in ensuring people living with dementia can continue to live their lives and be an active part of their community for as long as possible.

Dementia Action Week: 20-26 May 2019

Dealing with the practicalities of life can be hard for those with dementia, and those supporting them. You are NOT alone – expert local advice is on hand at our advice event this month.

In the lead-up ot Dementia Action Week we are asking residents to help us by knitting or crocheting forget-me-not flowers for a display that will be on show during the week at the Public Service Plaza. If you would like to help, please follow the instructions below and return your flowers ot the Plaza by Tuesday 14 May 2019.

Every day during Dementia Action Week we will also be hosting drop-in sessions. Come along to any of the below sessions to find out more about the ongoing work we are involved with, and to seek help or support from the local services available.

Date Organisations in attendance
Monday 20 May Hampshire County Council and Dementia Friendly Havant
Tuesday 21 May Dementia Friendly Havant and Hayling, Annali Court Nutrition and Right at Home
Wednesday 22 May Dementia Friendly Havant and Hayling, Hampshire County Council Rotary Club and Princess Royal Trust
Thursday 23 May Dementia Friendly Havant and Hayling, Southern Co-operative and Community First
Friday 24 May Dementia Friendly Havant and Hayling, Rotary, Men's Shed and BS Care

To find out more about other organisations that are supporting our events, check out our poster:

Monthly dementia awareness sessions

Havant Borough Council is hosting monthly Dementia awareness sessions for community groups and charities to attend. The aim of these sessions being, to better understand Dementia, the challenges faced by people with this condition and how we can all better support the Dementia community.

Awareness sessions will be held at the Plaza on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 29 May 2019, 1pm – 2pm
  • Monday 24 June 2019, 1pm – 2pm
  • Monday 15 July 2019, 1pm – 2pm
  • Monday 19 August 2019, 1pm – 2pm
  • Monday 16 September 2019, 1pm – 2pm
  • Monday 21 October 2019, 1pm – 2pm
  • Monday 18 November 2019, 1pm – 2pm
  • Monday 9 December 2019, 1pm – 2pm

If you would like to attend one of the sessions, please book a place by contacting Clare Newton – clare.newton@havant.gov.uk.