As part of Dementia Awareness week, Newport Norse teamed up with the local branch of the Alzheimer’s Society to hold a tea dance at Newport Market.
The event on Thursday May 18 was not only a chance to get a cuppa and a slice of cake, but also to have a singsong, listen to poetry, learn simple exercises, have a dance and make connections within the community.
Along with members of the local Alzheimer’s Society, local community officers and representatives of several community groups were there to offer advice, support and raise awareness about early symptoms and the impact dementia can have.
The event, was organised by Newport Norse Dementia Champion, Diane Shaw, who said: “We had a very strong turnout and we received lots of positive feedback and requests for repeat events to be held in the market space in the future. Newport Norse was very happy to play our part in raising the importance of the impact dementia is having in our community.”
Newport Norse staff member Stephen Wilkes, whose mother Barbara died recently, donated £130 to the Alzheimer’s Society to add to £145 raised during the tea dance.
Stephen asked for donations in lieu of flowers and theses in turn were passed on to the charity. Well done Diane - and thank you very much Steve.