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Staff encouraged to don the ‘Denim for Dementia’

Staff across all sites are being encouraged to don Denim for Dementia and raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society during this year's Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from 15 to 21 May, 2016.

On Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th May, staff over at Edward Street Hospital will be gathering dementia stories from patients and carers before weaving theses together into a play titled ‘Dementia Monologues’. The play’s aim is to help improve the understanding and impact dementia has on people, and their families and carers. Catering staff are also looking to incorporate a denim and blue theme into the food on offer during the week. Staff members are allowed to wear smart denim with donations of £1 to be made at the reception desk. For further information on events taking place at Edward Street contact Louise Dawes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Louise Dawes, Service Manager for Sandwell Older Adults, said: “This is a very simple way that people can support Dementia Awareness Week and raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society and The Lighthouse.

“We are asking our staff at Edward Street to raid their wardrobes, get involved with events that are taking place around the Trust and, where possible, to make a donation to a very worthwhile cause.”

Quayside, will also be hosting a number of fun activities and people can drop-in between 12 noon and 2.00pm on Wednesday 18th May. There will be a raffle, crafts and refreshments for sale, as well as a nail art stall run by one of the Recovery College volunteers. If you are interested in getting your nails done or getting involved with celebrations, contact Debbie Thorp at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Delta House staff are being encourage to dig out the denim on Friday 20th May and donate £1 at reception.

Elsewhere in the Black Country, Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance have arranged a series of activities that range from advice sessions to a charity football match at Molineux Stadium. They are also encouraging people who are worried that they, or someone close to them, may have the condition to find out more about the support available to them.

This year's Dementia Awareness Week will encourage people who are worried about dementia to confront their worries, and contact the Alzheimer's Society for information and support either via the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122.

All donations made by staff will go to the Alzheimers Society.