People living in Peasedown St John are being given another opportunity to find out more about dementia, thanks to a free information workshop.

Dementia Friendly Peasedown organises regular sessions for the public to take part in.

Cllr Gavin Heathcote, Chairman of the Peasedown Community Trust (the local charity that runs the Dementia Friendly Peasedown initiative) said: “There are currently 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia, and that figure is set to rise to 2 million by 2050.

One in four people will be affected by dementia in their lifetimes, especially those diagnosed with clinical anxiety in middle age, which is why it’s important to work with individuals and their families to try and make life much easier for those who have it.

Furthermore, figures released by the Alzheimer’s Society show that dementia was the most common pre-existing condition in those that have died from Covid. Of all the Covid deaths in England and Wales, 25% of those that sadly passed away had dementia.”

The next free Dementia Friendly Workshop will be held at St John’s Church, Church Road (BA2 8AA) on Tuesday 3rd October at 10am.

Cllr Karen Walker (Peasedown, Independent) added: “The Trust wants to engage with as many people as possible over the next year and make them aware of dementia, and how we as a community can support those who live with it.

As well as hosting these dementia information workshops, we’ve recently delivered another 1,000 copies of our ‘Guide to Dementia in Peasedown’ leaflet to homes in Peasedown – keeping them informed of what services are available locally”

To sign up for the Dementia Awareness Workshop Tuesday 3rd October email the Peasedown Community Trust at [email protected].