Brecon celebrates dementia-friendly status with gala concert
A celebratory concert is being held in Brecon on Saturday May 23 to celebrate Brecon being officially recognised by the Alzheimer's Society as 'working towards becoming dementia-friendly' – the first community in Wales to achieve this accolade.
The concert is open to all and is being held at the Brecon Guildhall. The evening of music will kick off at 7pm with Cor Meibion Aberhonddu, the Brecon and District Male Choir, followed by Llanfaes Primary School Choir. Tickets costs £6.50 (£4 concessions) and are available from The Hours Bookshop and Cafe and Ty Cariad on The Bulwark.
Making Brecon Wales' leading dementia-friendly community
Brecon is leading the way with its moves to become Wales' first officially dementia-friendly community.
Volunteers who've formed the Making Brecon a Dementia Friendly Community group have raised awareness by running over 100 Dementia Friends sessions for organisations, local business people, community groups and school children on how to become more dementia-friendly by turning understanding in to action. Everyone from schools such as Llangynidr and Llanfaes primary schools to the Brecon Mountain Rescue team have got involved, and the numbers continue to grow.
Rhiannon Davies, chair of the Making Brecon a Dementia Friendly Community group said: “The people of Brecon can be extremely proud. It is only by working together that we have become officially recognised by the Alzheimer's Society as a community that's working towards becoming dementia-friendly.
“We are leading the way in Wales as a community in raising awareness and helping to remove the stigma often associated with dementia. We've found there has been huge demand for our Dementia Friends sessions– from businesses, community organisations, schools and individuals – which just goes to show how supportive people want to be.
“We are particularly proud of our work on intergenerational projects, bringing schools and care homes together. And it's great to see the children of Llanfaes School supporting this event tonight – I know the choir has been practising hard. We really think that by helping our young people understand dementia we are helping make a difference now and for the future,” she added.
The Making Brecon a Dementia Friendly Community group would also like to thank the Town Council for hosting and supporting the concert, and for its commitment to helping Brecon become Wales' first official dementia-friendly community.
For more information on events during Dementia Awareness Week see: www.dementiafriendlybrecon.org.uk/dementia_awareness_week_events
Want to volunteer?
Please get in touch with Rhiannon Davies of the Dementia Friendly Brecon group by emailing [email protected] or on 07946 445234 / 01874 676617 if you'd like to volunteer. If you'd like to attend just come along and drop in.
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For more information and images please contact Rhiannon Davies of the Dementia Friendly Brecon group by emailing [email protected] or on 07946 445234 / 01874 676617
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