Dementia Friendly City
Led by the Alzheimer’s Society, together with a citywide team, Southampton is working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly City this year. Recent events at St Mary’s Stadium and West Quay celebrated the progress being made, as well as continuing to raise awareness of living with dementia
Erica Roberts, City Chaplain for Older People is part of the City Steering group and co-chairs the first Dementia Friendly Community Group in Portswood.
As part of this group we held a hugely successful community festival opened by Alan Whitehead MP on Saturday 13th May in Portswood Recreation Ground, together with Carers Southampton and Friends of Portswood Rec. Supported by a small Lottery Grant, over 600 attended the event, including local musicians, scouts, schools, the Police and the University of Southampton. Raising awareness of dementia, whilst sharing stories of local history, was a key focus for the day
Holiday at Home
Social isolation, especially amongst our older community, is being increasingly recognised. An amazingly creative and enthusiastic team, led by Erica, the City Chaplain for Older People, held Anchors Away, at Highfield Church on 22nd and 23rd June. Bringing older members of our community together to build friendships and have fun together, whilst having a ‘holiday at home’, is one way we’re seeking to alleviate loneliness and social isolation in our city.
Almost 80 guests joined us for our luxury Mediterranean cruise to Italy, Greece and Turkey! This was a real community event, with Waitrose providing a popular Italian Cheese and Wine Tasting, Nick’s Greek Restaurant sending tapas and local musicians entertaining us with background jazz in the Palm Court Café.
It was also encouraging to see children and young people coming to take part, providing entertainment, painting nails, playing deck quoits and in the process sharing the experience together.
Monty's Community Hub