Free dementia activities continue at Leisure World, Colchester

Leisure World Colchester has announced its?free dementia friendly activity sessions?are continuing?from until end of December 2018,?for people living with dementia and their carers.

Sessions will be starting again on 5 September, running every Wednesday?afternoon during school term-time. Participants will be able to enjoy activities they love or try something new – all in a safe and supportive environment.

The sessions continue to be funded by the iBCF (Improved & Better Care Fund) North East Essex Transformation Fund following Leisure World’s successful bid in February 2018 to provide activities aimed at customers with, or at risk of developing, dementia.

Dementia affects a huge number of people across the UK. Over 1,250 were diagnosed in Colchester last year. Physical exercise can help in a number of ways, from boosting mood and confidence to improving strength, balance and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. Some studies have shown that exercise may also improve memory and slow the progress of dementia.

Participants can enjoy table tennis, badminton, swimming, tea dances and song and memory sessions.

Cllr. Nick Barlow, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Commercial Services, said: “There is evidence people stop doing the things they’ve always loved when they’ve had a dementia diagnosis.

“Our supportive sessions at Leisure World enable people to continue to be active – whether that’s swimming, badminton, dancing or any other form of physical activity they use our centres for.”

Leisure World Colchester is working in partnership with?a number of organisations including?Community360, an independent registered charity,?who?will provide transport for participants to access these activities.

Tracy Rudling, Chief Executive Officer of Community360,?said:?“We chair the Dementia Action Alliance, so for us?this is an essential forward thinking project where everyone has the right and choice?to be included in activities.

“It is really important to give people the ability to take part in the?community?and?for?us?to ensure?that the?environment?is right for them to do that.??It is essential?that we work in partnership to do this.?No one agency has?the answer or can do this alone, so we are really excited to be part of this initiative.”

All Dementia Friendly sessions are?free?until the end of December 2018.?After this date, activities will be chargeable.?There?is no need to book, just turn up and take part. For more information, please call 01206 282000 or visit?