After months of hard work and great efforts behind the scenes, it was incredible to see the official launch of the Abergele steering group. The group are responsible for driving forward the Alzheimer’s initiative of Dementia Friendly Communities.
Dementia Friendly Communities is all about understanding, respecting and supporting those living with dementia. Those within these communities are aware and understand Dementia, so those living with Dementia can be made to feel included and involved.
To mark the start of the new beginning, the group organised a community party to get everyone involved, meet the team and learn about the initiative.
Guests were invited to enjoy free refreshments and live entertainment from Beulah Brass and Abergele U3A Ukulele Group. Members of the steering group were on hand to greet guests, wait on, mingle and answer any questions.
The atmosphere was brilliant!
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, dancing and singing away, at one point a conga chain formed and made its way around the room.
Support came from the likes of:
- Denbighshire Coastal and Abergele Local Policing Team
- Pentre Mawr, Alison Pring and residents
- Dewis Wales
- Tesco Abergele, Community Champion Jan Williams
- Betsi Cadwaladr Engagement Officer, Megan Vickery
- Alzheimer’s Society, Jo Lane and Carol Waterworth
- Conwy County Borough Council Trading Standards, Toby Smith and manager
- Age Connect North Wales
- Llyfrgelloedd Conwy Libraries
- Speech therapist communication plus technical instructor, Alison Newall
- Singer, Clara Bloom
- Abergele Photography Group, George Frost
- Book of You
- Daffodil Day Centre
- Communities First Conwy
Secretary of the group and Community Relations Manager at Home Instead Senior Care, Lucie Williams, said:
‘We are all overwhelmed with the positive response. As our aim is to create a Dementia Friendly Abergele, we wanted to ensure the party was accessible for all, including those living with Dementia. With this in mind, we had something going on throughout the afternoon so no matter how long someone could be there they would still have the chance to socialise and enjoy some entertainment.’
Song sheets were distributed to encourage involvement and keep the community spirit of doing things together. One guest enjoyed the party so much and had such a great time that she asked for the song sheet to take home to remember the day.
Abergele Town Mayor, Delyth MacRae, drew the prize raffle and presented winners with their prizes. The raffle was to raise money to fund the actions required to create a Dementia Friendly Abergele.
David Gozzard, Chairman of the group, closed the party on a high and looking forward to the future. If you would like to keep up to date with the groups events and track their success please visit www.abergele-dementiafriendly.co.uk/, interact on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AbergeleDFC/, or call Lucie on 01745 772150.
The best thing is, this is just the beginning!