Lancashire County Council is inviting people to a series of six ‘Memory Festivals’ to be held at different venues across the county.
The events are free and will offer professional advice about local services for people who are living with dementia. They will also provide information about the help and support available for families, carers and friends.
County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, said: “The Memory Festivals will showcase the wide range of resources and holistic, enriching activities available for people living with dementia.
“These include watercolour painting, shared reading, memory boxes, books on prescription, ‘singing for the brain’, aromatherapy and much more.
“As well as raising awareness about dementia and the high-quality specialist services available countywide, the events will also help to tackle the stigma that’s often associated with the condition.”
The Memory Festivals will take place between 10am and 3pm at the following venues:
Accrington Library, Tuesday 10 February
Colne Library, Wednesday 11 February
Museum of Lancashire, Tuesday 24 February
Lancaster Library, Thursday 26 February
Fleetwood Library, Friday 27 March
St Annes Library, Thursday 5 March
Each event will feature information stalls from a number of organisations including the Alzheimer’s Society, dementia alliances, libraries, museums, care homes, Age UK and Connect4Life.
There will also be arts activities, music workshops, dementia simulation sessions and an introduction to Dementia Friends, people who learn about what it’s like to live with dementia and the small things they can do to help people in their local community.
As well as the general public, the events are open to schools, colleges, universities and recreational groups such as knit and natter.
For more information call 01772 534009 or go to www.lancashire.gov.uk/events.