Assembly Hall flies the flag for Dementia Week

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THE Assembly Hall Theatre is continuing to fly the flag for Dementia Action Week [May 21-27] in Tunbridge Wells. Two upcoming community events have been planned following the success of last year’s Tunbridge Wells Knit Appeal.

Working with local dementia organisations, the two events will both educate and raise awareness of dementia and those who are living with it.

The first one , hosted by the theatre, involves a ‘Tree of Wishes’ and is being run by the Alzheimer’s Society Kent and Medway.

People are being encouraged to drop in between midday and 5pm on Thursday [May 24] in order to find out more about dementia.

Visitors will be encouraged to share ideas and memories on the Tree of Wishes, and Kate Sergeant, Services Manager at the Alzheimer’s Society Kent and Medway, will be running training sessions throughout the afternoon.

In addition, a community art installation entitled ‘The Borrowers’ will be unveiled on
Friday [May 25] from 10am. The 22 pieces of artwork, created by Age UK Tunbridge Wells’s Wood Street Day Centre clients, have been inspired by artists from around the world.

Bethan Minter, Creative Learning Manager at the Assembly Hall Theatre, said: ‘We’re thrilled to be able to assist Dementia Friends with their key awareness event for the year. We are an active member of their forum and do our utmost to be as inclusive as possible as a venue, and hope that by promoting a positive experience of those living with dementia within our community we help to make our community dementia-friendly.

‘The clients at Age UK Tunbridge Wells’s Wood Street Centre have done an amazing job at producing beautiful, engaging and fun artwork, and we’re very proud to have the opportunity to display them in our building.’

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