Bromley Dementia Action Week 2018

Bromley Dementia Action Week 2018

Dementia Action Week ran from 21 – 27 May 2018 and there were many events taking place across the London Borough of Bromley to raise awareness about dementia and encourage people, businesses and organisations to take action to support people affected by dementia.




Orpington town centre was once again at the heart of Dementia Action Week events in Bromley borough. Led by Orpington 1st and the Bromley Dementia Support Hub,  there were multiple events in and around Orpington High Street.

Local businesses and organisations were invited to the Virtual Dementia Tour on Orpington High Street – a powerful, interactive experience of what it can be like to have dementia. 26 people from local businesses had their sight, hearing, touch and mobility temporarily impaired, to experience how dementia may affect a person and cause problems in their everyday lives. The experience helped better understand how their business and organisations can better support people living with dementia and the dementia is much more than just memory loss.

Tesco Orpington held a Dementia Fair for the general public, hosting stalls from local dementia charities and services, providing information to customers with about the support available to both people living with dementia and their carers.

Read more about Orpington Dementia Action Week events.


Animal Therapy, Music and Dance at Bromley MindCare Dementia Support

Elderly man dancing with carers

Bromley MindCare Dementia Support Centres ran music, dance and animal-assisted therapy events to help people at the centre to live well with dementia.

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Celebrating the Royal Wedding with Mytime Active

People celebrating the Royal Wedding during Dementia Action Week

Over 85 people attended an indoor street party to celebrate both the Royal Wedding and Dementia Action Week 2018 run by Mytime Active. The Crofton Halls venue was festooned with bunting and we were all treated to performances from Primetime tap dancers and a live three-piece band, whilst guests enjoyed afternoon tea and cake.

Paul Robson and his Mytime Active team were awarded the ‘Forget Me Not’ sticker to display at The Walnuts Leisure Centre in Orpington. The Walnuts is the first Mytime Active leisure centre to receive this recognition as a dementia-friendly business.

Ann Wilbourn and Chris King have created over 150 Dementia Friends in the borough 27 of those were during Dementia Action Week at Dementia Friends sessions led by Chris. Biggin Hill, The Pavilion, Beckenham Public Hall and West Wickham Leisure Centres have all started the journey to becoming recognised as dementia-friendly sites.


Service at St James the Great Church

On Sunday 20th May, a service was held at St James the Great Church in Petts Wood to mark the start of Dementia Awareness Week. Led by Father David Camilleri, it was a beautiful time of poetry, singing and prayer with an opportunity for our guests to receive a blessing from Father David should they so wish. The service was followed by refreshments served by the church’s Girl Guide unit and helping them towards earning their Community Badge. The occasion reflected the importance of reaching out and caring for the wider community.


Dementia Action Week at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH)

Staff at the Princess Royal University Hospital on Farnborough Common in Orpington, launched Dementia Action Week 2018 also celebrating the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with patients on some wards. Music, songs, quizzes and reminiscence activities gave patients the change to get together and chat with each other on Friday 18th May.

Princess Royal University Hospital staff at the cake and information stand during Dementia Action Week 2018

Three other days during Dementia Action Week saw Princess Royal University Hospital host a cake and dementia information stand. Staff had enthusiastically overwhelmed the stand with home baked cakes exchanged for donations from people visiting the stand. All donations will go towards purchasing activities for our dementia patients in the hospital.



Dementia Friends Sessions in Bromley

Dementia Friends Sessions in Bromley

During Dementia Awareness Week 2017, there will be several free events for anyone living and working in Bromley to learn about dementia and to become a Dementia Friend. Participants can then turn that understanding into action: from telling your friends and family about it to being patient with someone you meet who has dementia.

Anyone can become a Dementia Friend and help make Bromley a dementia friendly community.

If you want to attend a Dementia Friend session in Bromley between 14th and 20th May, book your free place in advance or turn up on the day.


Bromley Dementia Friends Sessions for Dementia Awareness Week 2017


Beckenham Library, Beckenham Road, BR3 4PE (Map)
Monday 15th May
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Tel: 020 8650 7292

Orpington Library, The Walnuts, Orpington, BR6 0TW (Map)
Tuesday 16th May
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Tel: 01689 831551

Foxbridge House, Sevenoaks Rd, Orpington, BR6 7FB (Map)
Tuesday 16th May
Time: 6pm
Tel: 0333 434 3090

MyTime Active, The Spa at Beckenham, 24 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, BR3 4PF (Map)
Wednesday 17th May
Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm

Bromley Central Library, High Street, BR1 1EX (Map)
Thursday 18th May
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Tel: 020 8460 9955

MyTime Active, The Pavillion, The Glades, Kentish Way, Bromley BR1 3EF (Map)
Friday 19th May
Time: 10am – 3pm

Biggin Hill Library, Church Road, TN16 3LB (Map)
Thursday 18th May
Time: 11am – 12pm
Tel: 01959 574468

More Dementia Awareness Week Events in Bromley.

Local Organisations Working Together for Dementia Awareness Week 2017

Local Organisations Working Together for Dementia Awareness Week 2017

Local charities, public services and businesses have come together for Dementia Awareness Week 2017 (14th – 21st May).

Organisations including Bromley Dementia Support Hub, Bromley Dementia Action Alliance, Orpington 1st, CWJ Solicitors and MyTime Active, are working together to raise awareness about dementia, local services and help people, services and businesses to become dementia friendly.

There are over 4,000 people living with dementia in the Bromley borough – one of the highest rates across London.

With the ageing population, this number is likely to increase so it is more important for local businesses, services and members of the public to learn about dementia and make positive differences to the lives of people with dementia and their family and friends caring for them.

Orpington High Street is leading the way, aiming to become the first dementia friendly High Street in Bromley borough.

Invited guests will have the opportunity to experience what dementia can be like in a virtual and quite powerful experience. Tesco Orpington will be hosting charities and organisations, where members of the public can find out more about local dementia services and support. Odeon Cinema in Orpington will be holding the first dementia friendly screening held in the country in Odeon Cinemas. More information can be found here.

A number of free, 1 hour, Dementia Friends sessions will be taking place across Bromley at local libraries and leisure centres. By attending a Dementia Friends session, you will learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly community with a few easy actions.

The full list of Bromley Dementia Awareness Week activities also includes dementia cafes and art/science research workshops for people with dementia and their carers.

“This is a fantastic example of private, public and charity sectors collaboratively working together to help residents of Bromley to live well with dementia,” said Nikki Fishman of the Bromley Dementia Support Hub. “We are excited to be part of Dementia Awareness Week 2017 in Bromley, helping make the borough a more dementia friendly community for everyone living and working here.”