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RotaryThe Challenge of Dementia No. 6

Dementia Harborough is a local independent registered charity entirely run by unpaid volunteers. It is aimed at supporting people (and their carers) in Market Harborough and surrounding areas who are newly diagnosed with dementia. It provides events and activities to help combat the feelings of isolation which can come from living with the disease.

There are two monthly groups; music and song has very therapeutic benefits for those with dementia, and our ‘Singing for Memories’ group gives everyone the opportunity to join in with well-known songs. Our ‘Dementia Café’ offers a wide variety of activities and entertainment throughout the year and members enjoy refreshments, chat with friends, and benefit from mutual support.

Dementia Harborough also run a smaller monthly Café at The Well, Kibworth Beauchamp, providing coffee, cake, conversation and a few games.
They have a short waiting list for their Dementia café in Market Harborough, but do have room for more at their Singing for Memories group and the Café at The Well.

There are coach outings to, for example, Curve Theatre in Leicester for dementia-friendly performances of musicals, the Wistow Rural Centre, the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, and the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley.

Dementia Harborough also supports the informal dementia-friendly coffee mornings at the Casa Nostra, Adam & Eve Street, every Wednesday morning.

Apart from a small contribution to the costs of the outings, all activities are free to our members. They receive no government or local authority funding, but do receive generous donations from many local organisations and individuals, including Kibworth & Fleckney Rotary Club.
For people starting to cope with a diagnosis of dementia, approaching a group such as this can be daunting, both because this is an acknowledgement of the disease, and also the fear of what the group might be like. Be reassured, it’s a very friendly and welcoming bunch - and if it’s really not what you want you can leave at any time.

Meeting dates at Jubilee Hall, Congregational Church, Bowden Lane, Market Harborough LE16 7JD are:

  1. Singing for Memories - first Tuesday each month at 2pm
  2. Dementia Café - third Thursday each month at 2pm
  3. The Well, 45 High Street, Kibworth Beauchamp LE8 0HS – second Monday each month at 2pm.

For more information or to request a copy of their emailed Newsletter, visit the website www.dementiaharborough.org, email info@dementiaharborough.orgor call Peter Hirst on 07961 538671. Those interested in volunteering should email volunteering@dementiaharbourgh.org.
Contact me if you wish to contribute to these articles grahamapt@btinternet.com

I am grateful to Peter Hirst, Trustee and Chair of Dementia Harborough for supplying this article.

Click here to read more articles in the series 'The Challenge of Dementia' by Graham Thompson

Graham Thompson
Kibworth & Fleckney Rotary
Issue 409
February 2019

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