Dementia Harborough

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 website.

Dementia Harborough's activities include:-

Dementia café - a safe and relaxing place where people with dementia, their family members and carers can get specialist advice from visiting speakers and fieldworkers attending from support agencies. It is also an opportunity to meet others in the same situation and share experiences. All while enjoying coffee, cake and conversation! Find out more about Dementia café and our support for other local groups.

Singing for Memories Group - Music and singing has a special place in everyone’s heart and memories. This is especially so for those with memory loss – music and songs can help with communication and trigger some of those long lost special memories. So come and join us for an enjoyable afternoon of singing and playing musical instruments or if you fancy it you can dance to the music! Find out more about Singing for Memories

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 meetings.

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 2012)
  • 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 of September 2013 and January 2014 refer to these meetings and we are most grateful to him and Mr Dorrell for their support. 

We are proud of the fact that we have received support from
  • 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