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 awareness sessions

Havant Borough Council are 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:

  • Monday 25 March 2019, 1pm – 2pm
  • Monday 15 April 2019, 1pm – 2pm
  • Monday 25 March 2019, 1pm – 2pm
  • Monday 15 April 2019, 1pm – 2pm
  • 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.