Memory Walk at Melton Country Park bids to raise awareness of dementia support services

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People with dementia and their carers will be stepping out tomorrow (September 27) in an event aimed at raising awareness of dementia and local support services.

Alzheimer’s Society which provides help to people living with all forms of dementia set up a monthly Memory Café and a Peer Support and Activity Group in the town earlier this year. Members of the group are now looking to let more people know about the services available and have hit on a Memory Walk to raise their profile.

The walk will take place at 10.45am and start from the Visitor Centre at Melton Country Park. It will last around 20 minutes to half an hour and will use paths that are not tarmacked which may make pushing wheelchairs difficult for carers.

Joanna Matthews, dementia support worker with Alzheimer’s Society, said: “The Memory Café and support and activity groups offer a relaxed, informal setting in which people with dementia and their carers can relax and meet with other people.

Living with dementia can be very demanding and lead to people becoming isolated.

“The groups also offer support and information and can help people access services that can improve their lives. Members want to let more people in Melton know about them and they’ve decided to hold a Memory Walk to raise awareness.”

Melton’ Memory Café meets on the first Friday of every month at the café in Melton Carnegie Museum, Thorpe End, from 10.30am until noon. The Peer Support and Activity Group also meets at the café in Melton Carnegie Museum on the third Wednesday of every month from 2.30pm until 4pm.

For more information about Alzheimer’s Society services in Melton contact dementia support worker Joanna Matthews on 0116 231 111 or email joanna.matthews@alzheimers.or.uk