Council works to get people with dementia more active

20 Mar 2013 @ 10.40 am
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Issued by City of York Council

City of York Council is leading work with local organisations to develop ways of supporting more people with dementia to get more active and involved in sport.

A Dementia Development Day will be held in the city on Friday 22 March at the York and District Indoor Bowls Club. A variety of groups including charities and sports clubs will discuss how to help increase dementia awareness amongst sports clubs and sports settings within the city.

Councillor Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “The health benefits of keeping active apply to people with dementia, so on the day we will consider that alongside delivering workshops on ‘How to Deliver Engaging sessions…involving People with Dementia’. These will be delivered to participating clubs, coaches, fitness facilities and leisure professionals.

“In partnership with Sport Coach UK, we are delighted to support this project which we believe is the first of its kind. The day looks to build upon work already underway including the Dementia Without Walls project with the Joseph Rowntree foundation, and the city signing the York and North Yorkshire PCT’s Dementia Declaration and its work.”

City of York Council’s Sport and Active Leisure team will welcome representatives from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Dementia Forward, the fitness and leisure industry and North Yorkshire Sport. The day will also be attended by people living with dementia who will offer their insight to help sports clubs understand how to help them enjoy sport within the city.

The workshops will be piloted at bowls clubs and a leisure facility prior to being rolled out across the city. It is hoped that the findings will inspire similar workshops to be used nationally as an example of best practice.

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