Help is at hand at the East Hampshire Dementia Festival

Friday, 17 May, 2019

People living with dementia or concerned about memory loss in themselves or loved ones can discover a world of help and advice at next week’s East Hampshire Dementia Festival.

Held in Petersfield on 24 May, the day will feature medical and legal advice, practical help for carers, activities and dementia-related services.

Cllr Julie Butler said: “The East Hampshire Dementia Festival is perfect for anyone that has recently been diagnosed with dementia or for people who are concerned about someone’s memory.

“If you care for a family member or friend who is experiencing memory loss issues or has been diagnosed with dementia, come along and find out what help there is for you out there.”

The drop-in event, in Petersfield Festival Hall, will run from 10am-3.30pm and will include presentations and stalls from a host of helpful organisations.

Talks will be given by Dementia Friends Information, Hampshire Fire and Rescue, Macdonalds Oates solicitors and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire, the Alzheimer’s Society and the Southern Health NHS Foundation Community Mental Health Team.

The rooms in the Festival Hall will be used for different functions including vintage tea rooms, first aid and a Memory Café which will give people a chance to enjoy a musical experience and an afternoon tea specifically aimed at people living with dementia.

Jeff Williams, Petersfield Dementia Friends Champion, said: "This festival is a unique opportunity for local people to find out at first hand the support and medical facilities that are available to them, all under one roof.

"Whether your family has experienced dementia, or you want to find out more about your diagnosis and the support network available, I can recommend the festival. I can particularly recommend the afternoon Memory Café

Pupils from Ditcham Park School who have received Dementia Friendly information sessions will also be attending.

People taking part can also pick up a free food hamper. Every attendee filling out a feedback form will be entered in the prize draw.

Open from 10am-3.30pm the festival will also feature:

  • Stalls from up to 30 East Hampshire-focused groups, charities and support agencies that work with those with dementia
  • Free legal advice from Macdonald Oates Solicitors
  • The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire how to arrange an emergency plan for carers
  • Hampshire Fire and Rescue will show how to keep safe and well and offer simple safety tips
  • Winton House will run a Memory Café – including a musical activity designed for people with dementia
  • Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • A vintage tea room for refreshments

For more information on the festival contact Janie Millerchip, Senior Community Health and Wellbeing Officer at East Hampshire District Council, on 01730 234097 or Janie.millerchip@easthants.gov.uk or Jeff Williams, Dementia Friends Champion, on 07849 195702.