DEMENTIA HARBOROUGH is an umbrella name to describe a range of activities that are
organised to support those with recently diagnosed dementia, their carers and families.
DEMENTIA HARBOROUGH grew out of the creation, in March 2011, of a small independent
charity: Dementia café Market Harborough. The café itself was born out of the recognition
that there was little provision or support for those newly diagnosed with dementia
and their families to get together, and jointly support each other.
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 when he spoke about how the Government can support local voluntary groups like ours. Since then we have had a further meeting to present
to him in more detail the issues facing those affected by dementia, and to explore how Public Sector and Private Sector bodies can work together more effectively.
Sir Edward's Press Release in September refers to this.
His further announcement
confirms his understanding for this very important topic, and we are delighted to have
his support for our aims.
Dementia Harborough runs a number of activities:-
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.
Recently, Dementia café Market 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
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
Also we provide:
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
Our Trustees are actively supporting working partnerships with
We are also proud of the fact that we have successfully negotiated
- 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
- Sainsbury’s Supermarket (Market Harborough)
- Co-operative Funeral Services
& Midlands Co-operative Society
Illston on the Hill Onion Growers Association