Local charity Age UK Isle of Wight has partnered with community churches to welcome those with dementia, their carers, family and friends to a Dementia Friendly Easter Service this April.
These welcoming services are shorter, more informal and specifically designed with the needs of people living with dementia in mind, although everyone is welcome.
Each offers accessible service booklets, traditional hymns and prayers, short readings and an address with time to socialise and meet other visitors. The Newport service will be supported by Newport CofE primary school singing and there will be tea, coffee and biscuits after each service.
You can join a Dementia Friendly Easter service in:
- Newport on Monday 1st April from 11am at the Newport Congregational Church, Pyle Street, Newport, PO30 1UH
- Freshwater on Wednesday 10th April from 2.30pm at Freshwater Methodist Church, Brookside Road, Freshwater, PO40 9AN. A joint initiative between West Wight Churches Together and the Totland Alzheimers Café.
- Ryde on Thursday 18th April from 2.30pm at St. John the Baptist Church, High Park Road, Ryde, PO33 1BP
To find out more about Dementia Friendly Church Services please contact Age UK Isle of Wight on (01983) 525282 and ask for Laurie Mabbett, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dementia Friendly Church Services are part of the BIG Lottery Funded Ageing Better Programme, to create Age and Dementia Friendly Communities on the Isle of Wight.