The Holt & District Dementia Support Group was initially formed to provide a weekly drop-in café offering information and support to those living with dementia and their carers, known as ‘The Poppy Café‘.
It aims to support the well-being of both clients and carers, and to increase public awareness of dementia in the area.
In response to the views and concerns of those attending the support group, a Home Visiting Service has been established, offering respite to carers who look after people with dementia in their own homes. In January 2017 the group’s services were further extended by offering monthly ‘Keeping Active‘ sessions which have proved to be popular for those with dementia, their carers and volunteers alike. The group’s latest venture is to show the occasional vintage film at Holt Community Centre. All are welcome to attend the films, which are run through the Poppy Cinema Film Club.
Since the inception of the H&D DSG in April 2014, the group has become a member of the North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group Providers’ Forum.
In December 2015 the group joined the Dementia Action Alliance. The DAA brings together organisations from across England which are committed to transforming the lives of people with dementia and their carers. Further information may be found on the following link: Holt Dementia Action Alliance.
On Thursday 14th April 2016 our group was greatly involved in the Launch of Holt as a Dementia Friendly Community. This was a memorable and moving evening for all who attended the event.
In recognition of the work of the Holt & District Dementia Support Group, the committee and volunteers felt privileged to be presented with the Holt Honours Group Award for 2017. The presentation by the Mayor, Duncan Baker, took place on 27th March at the Town Council’s AGM. Further details may be found on page 3 of Holt Chronicle Issue 373.
A printable brochure of the Holt & District Dementia Support Group may be downloaded as a pdf.