Tapestry prompts dementia discussion
As featured in KM Folkestone & Hythe Express (29th March).
You may know Donna from Transport or Centre Club, but Donna is also very passionate about working with people living with dementia and other memory problems.
Donna runs a fortnightly Memory Café called Déjà-Vu (through Shepway Volunteer Centre) and via this café, in partnership with Folkestone Town Council, a tapestry has been made and will be hung in windows of businesses or organisations around the Shepway area.
The idea was put forward by Donna for the residents of Shepway to see the tapestry and get them talking about dementia and people living with memory problems.
All the ideas on the tapestry have come from people who attend the café. The tapestry was unveiled by Folkestone Mayor Cllr Martin Salmon earlier in March and he said: ‘It is hoped the tapestry will tour around the shops, cafes, banks and businesses making it a dementia friendly town. Living with dementia is often not easy but let’s hope that through a greater shared understanding and practical knowledge within the community of this condition people can be supported to live the fullest lives they can.‘
Donna is one of a number of Dementia Champions that provide FREE dementia friends training to businesses, organisations and individuals interested in becoming more knowledgeable about dementia and how to help and understand people living with dementia.
If you are interested in knowing more about becoming a dementia friend please call the office on 01303 259 007 and ask for Donna.