Last week in Worcester

A couple of blogs ago we told you about some of the Dementia Action Week activities that we were aware of. This week we thought we’d let you know how the Worcester-based events went.

On Tuesday 16th May we headed to the Guildhall on Worcester high street to join a host of other organisations with information stands as part of a Worcestershire Dementia Action Alliance event. Organised by Age UK Worcester and Malvern Hills, the event was opened by the Mayor of Worcester (at the time) Adrian Gregson and Councillor Lynn Denham.

Image showing two photos from inside the Guildhall. The first features the Mayor giving his opening address, while the second shows Councillor Lynn Denham welcoming everyone to the event

To give a flavour of the event, here’s a list of the organisations with stands (apologies if we’ve missed anyone out!):

Image showing three photos from the event. The first and last show people perusing the different stands down either side of the main room. The middle one shows the ADS stand with leaflets on the table and banners behind it advertising ADS and the two Worcester Life Story platforms that we evaluated recently

People who came along were treated to belly dancing and line dancing sessions organised by Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire, as well as being able to find out about the organisations offering dementia support in Worcestershire. It was also a good networking opportunity for those of us on the stands. We got to reconnect with some people, meet others in person for the first time, and find out about groups and organisations that we weren’t previously aware of. Thanks to Age UK Worcester & Malvern Hills for organising it.

On Wednesday 17th May we had another information stand, this time in the reception area at the University of Worcester St John’s campus. As well as getting the chance to raise our profile and share our knowledge with other members of staff, we were able to engage with several nursing students and provide them with some useful resources to take away and hopefully enhance their studies. One of our Senior Research Fellows Teresa Atkinson also delivered a dementia awareness session for staff who are in a caring role, and it was great to make some new connections and get some good conversations going. Thanks to those who came along.

Image showing two photos. The first is Teresa behind the ADS stand with leaflets on the table and the ADS banner behind it. The second is Teresa standing next to a whiteboard screen delivering her presentation during the awareness session

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