Visit Dementia Awareness Day and help improve lives

Southend residents are being invited to a Dementia Awareness Day to help improve people's lives.

The day takes place at the Haven Community Hub in Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff, where over 20 stalls will be set out to talk about local services, offer support and give practical advice.

Elizabeth Smith, community engagement manager at Age Concern, the charity running the event, said: "It is hoped the event will encourage people to take action to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

"As well as the informations talls, there will be taster classes, demonstrations and various workshops running throughout the afternoon, including free health checks, falls prevention advice, carer support services and more."

The event takes place on Wednesday May 18 from 1pm - 4pm.

Ms Smith added: "One in three of us born in the UK today will go on to develop dementia in our lifetime.

"Statistics suggest, there will be one million people living with dementia by 2025.

"At Age Concern Southend we see how dementia is becoming a pressing concern in our community and we hope to showcase a wide range of activities and information available locally support people affected by dementia.

"We are very thankful to Home Instead which has sponsored this event."

It will also be a chance to see Age Concern Southend’s specialist Dementia Day Service, to find out about 'Days at the Haven', to tour the facility, find out more about the tailored activity programmes and quality respite care.

Guests will also be treated to a performance from the Dementia Choir.

Pam Harvey, day centre manager said: "We will be holding tours of our day centre, enabling you to see the personalised care we give to your loved ones and all the activities we provide including a sneak peak of our newly acquired virtual reality headsets with dementia friendly apps."

To learn more about the Dementia Awareness Day and Age Concern Southend’s services, please visit