DEMENTIA HARBOROUGH has a range of activities that are organised to support those
with recently diagnosed dementia, their carers and families.
We started in
March 2011 as Dementia café Market Harborough which provided support for those newly
diagnosed with dementia and their families, and a place to get together, and jointly
support each other.
Now we run a range of activities for people affected by dementia. We are also involved
with local NHS and Social Services bodies, other local charity groups, and local
politicans to ensure that they understand the practical issues being faced by people
with dementia and their carers.
We were delighted when our founders Steve & Jean Kendall were
nominated for the Care in the Community category of the
Pride in Harborough 2014 Awards
and reached the Finals.
The Awards Dinner was held at the Three
Swans Hotel in Market Harborough on Thursday 10th April and we were thrilled that Steve and Jean were chosen as winners of that category. We are sure that everyone who has seen them in action in the last three years will agree that this recognition is well-deserved!
A full report of the evening can be found on Harborough Mail's
Dementia Harborough's activities include:-
Recently, Dementia Harborough has been spearheading an exciting project working
with Robert Smyth Academy which helps their students and older
people talk to each other, and help those with memory problems to recall those magic
moments from earlier years.
Read more about the project
Resource Bank – we maintain a large collection of books, pamphlets
and general information about dementia and the range of services available to support
families in coping with a new diagnosis of the disease. These items are available
at all Dementia café meetings.
Memory Workshops – we work closely with Rotary Club of Market Harborough
volunteers to run occasional workshop sessions throughout the year at Dementia café
Monthly healthy walks
run by The Active Together Team at Harborough District Council specifically for people with dementia and their family members. You can combine a leisurely walk at your pace together with the opportunity to chat with friends along the way.
Our Trustees are actively supporting working partnerships with
- Community Mental Health Team South Leicestershire
- Voluntary Action South
Leicestershire (with whom we joined forces to bid for Social Service Contracts in
- Rotary Club Market Harborough
In 2013 as part of Dementia Harborough's activities we invited
Sir Edward Garnier QC, Member of Parliament for Harborough, Oadby & Wigston,
to join our July Dementia café meeting. He spoke about how the Government
can support local voluntary groups like ours and we were delighted when he accepted
our invitation to a further meeting with the Trustees to enable us to present to
him in more detail the issues facing those affected by dementia. In January
2014 Sir Edward kindly arranged for us to join him at a meeting with
Stephen Dorrell MP, Chair of the Health Select Committee to enable
us to further discuss the issues facing us. Sir Edward's Press Releases
refer to these meetings and we are most grateful to him and Mr Dorrell for their
We are proud of the fact that we have received
- Sainsbury’s Supermarket (Market Harborough)
- Co-operative Funeral Services
& Midlands Co-operative Society
- Illston on the Hill Onion Growers Association
- Waitrose 'green token' charity collection scheme