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A steering group has been set up, backed by Congleton Partnership, to make Congleton a designated Dementia Friendly Town.

Many organisations are represented within the group and already several activities suitable for people living with dementia and their supporters are taking place across a wide range of venues. You can read about some of the activities further on in this featue.

As part of the launch of the group, Congleton MP Fiona Bruce hosted a dementia awareness session.

The session was run by Diane Ritherdon, a Dementia Friends champion and was attended by a large number of local organisations.

The sessions, designed by the Alzheimers Society, are run by specially trained Dementia Friends champions.

They last for up to an hour and cover basic information about dementia and provide tips on how to present a friendly face when meeting a person living with dementia.

Events running in the town include afternoon teas running at the Old Saw Mill on a Tuesday from 2pm until 4pm with a variety of activities.

Congleton Leisure Centre also has a regular open swim session taking place on a Saturday where the changing rooms become mixed gender to allow people living with dementia to be supported by a person of the opposite gender. (Please check with the venue for the dates.)

The United Reform Church, on Antrobus Street, will be holding regular quiet worship for those who need a more peaceful worship. This will be followed by refreshments and fellowship. The first of these events is on Thursday 15th March at 2.30pm.

Also being organised are workshops providing information, tips, advice and the opportunity to meet other carers. These are titled ‘CriSP’ which stands for Carer Information and Support Programme.

The CriSP’ sessions will be held at Congleton Library from 1.30pm to 4pm on Mondays 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th March.

These sessions are expected to be very popular so please book your place on 01625 503 302 or

email [email protected].

Members and friends of the Jubilee Club at the New Life Church have also started a group for people living with dementia and those who support them.

Called the Forget-Me-Not group, these will run from 10am until midday on the second and fourth Friday each month.

Organisers say an exciting programme of activities is planned with the opportunity to make new friends. For more information, and to register for the group, please contact Clare Sheard using [email protected].

Time Out Group sessions are being run at the Bromley Farm Community centre on Thursdays from 10am until 3pm.

A variety of activities from quizzes and music to gentle exercises are on offer. Lunch is provided.  There is currently one remaining place available.

More volunteers are required to assist at these sessions, and full training will be given. For details, please contact Margaret Butcher by emailing [email protected].

Finally, Dementia Friends sessions are run regularly at Congleton Library and Congleton Museum.

The next open session will be at the museum on Sunday 11th March from 2.30pm.

These sessions are free but pre-booking is advisable. Alternatively, you could also hold an exclusive session for your staff, interest group, school or organisation.

Contact Dementia Friends champion Diane Ritheron on 01260 274 035 for details.

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