Dementia Action Week 13 – 19th May 2024

Dementia Action Week will be known to many Winchester Rotary members, however for those who are not familiar with this event, may we offer the following information.

Dementia Action Week is an annual event organised by the Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness of dementia and encourage the UK public to take action to support those living with dementia, together with their carers.

There are many hurdles to climb: The worry of realising your memory is deteriorating, getting a swift diagnosis, support and possible treatment after diagnosis, plus care and support for the carers.

Through our Winchester Facebook page and other media platforms, together with a press release, Winchester Rotary will declare our support for Dementia Action Week and dementia in general.

Our long term support through our Reminiscence Café, managed by Rotarian Diana Brooks, held at Moorside Dementia Care Home, sadly came to an end when Covid struck. Matron at the time was Rotarian Deborah Macartney, an educator and professional in dementia care.

Currently, we demonstrate our support for those living with dementia through our twice monthly Dementia Friendly Cathedral Tours. In partnership with Winchester Cathedral, through an experienced guide, Pam Meir, together with Deborah Macartney and Diana Brooks, we offer 30 minute tours to provide sensory and reminiscent therapy.

These guided tours include:
1 Embroideries in the Quire
2 The legendary diver, William Walker
3 Serene side chapels
4 Artistry in wood

The tours are in a pre-booked arrangement only. Winchester Rotary meets the cost of entry to the cathedral, including the hospitality of coffee afterwards. We are not responsible for transport costs or carer costs.

To date we have provided tours for Blue Bird Care, Right at Home, St John ‘s, St Cathrine’s Care Home, with more partners in the pipeline.

In support of Dementia Action Week we are providing 3 tours during the week 13th – 19th May 2024.

For further information, please contact:
Deborah Macartney email:
Mobile: 07889 439677
Diana Brooks: 07813 891462

Diana Brooks

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