Reminiscence Learning’s award-winning campaign to make Wellington ‘dementia-friendly’ is taking to the streets of the town on Saturday 16th May. Volunteers and members of Reminiscence Learning’s team will be taking part in an unusual combination of activities in their ‘Singing and Cycling’ event outside Asda between 10am and 2pm. Shoppers should spot them easily as participants will be dressed in red and yellow, chosen as the last colours ageing eyes can recognise. Archie, the team’s scarecrow mascot, also dressed in red and yellow, will be present. The Land Girls will be helping with the singing whilst volunteer cyclists will see how far they can travel (on exercise bikes) over 4 hours. Helpers will be handing out leaflets about the campaign.
The ‘Singing and Cycling’ event opens a week of activities, all designed to make Wellington the most dementia-friendly town in the UK.
On Monday 18th May Reminiscence Learning will host an informative meeting from 1pm to 4 pm at the Counting House at Tonedale, their new HQ.
On Tuesday 19th May at the Counting House there’s an opportunity to step back in time and enjoy a vintage film session with ice-creams and popcorn and in the evening there will be a second informative session from 6pm to 9pm.
Wednesday’s programme invites visitors to an ‘interactive multi-sensory experience’ from 2pm to 4pm; on Thursday 21st May there will be a Tea Dance at the Counting House from 2pm to 4pm and Friday 22nd May is ‘Archie’s Red and Yellow Day’ when local businesses and organisations are invited to become involved in the programme by hosting fund-raising events in the workplace and in community groups. It is hoped that 100 or more will sign up for the event.
With the startling rise in the numbers of people living with dementia in one of its forms – of which Alzheimers is the most well-known – Reminiscence Learning is raising awareness of a condition that many in the local population are likely to have experienced. The charity’s aim is to increase understanding of the disease to help victims and those who care for them and to provide more information for the general public who are increasingly likely to come into contact with people living with dementia and may need to help them at some stage.