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Ferry Meadows becoming Dementia Friendly

Nene Park Trust, the team behind the city's Ferry Meadows Country Park, has made a public commitment to become dementia friendly by joining Peterborough's Dementia Action Alliance and publishing its plan of action.

Four key pledges have been made by the Trust in order to help those living with dementia and their carers feel part of their community.

Susan Evans, Trust Senior Projects and Development Officer said, "We are delighted to join Peterborough's Dementia Alliance and play our part in creating a Dementia Friendly city. Nene Park is managed for the people of Peterborough so we are constantly working to see what we can do to make it more accessible to everyone and working with the alliance will help us to deliver this."

The first pledge has been to offer dementia awareness sessions for its entire staff lining with the Alzheimer's Society's Dementia Friends campaign. Following on from this the team will use this knowledge, along with regular liaison with the Dementia Action Alliance and Park visitors, to find ways to make Ferry Meadows and Nene Park accessible to all.

The third pledge, which is already being delivered, is to provide Ferry Meadows as a host for a monthly Dementia Cafe run by the Alzheimer's Society. Dementia Cafes are led by qualified specialists, supported by volunteers and give both carers and people with dementia a chance to get information and advice and talk to others with similar problems. The Ferry Meadows Dementia Cafe is held at the Visitor Centre on the third Thursday of the month from 2pm until 4pm. For further information about the Dementia Cafe please contact the Alzheimer's Society on 01733 893853 or via peterborough@alzheimers.org.uk

Finally the Trust, with the help of volunteers, is lookign to establish a regular walking group at Ferry Meadows for those living with dementia and their carers to provide free gentle exercise in a safe and relaxed environment. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer walk leader for Nene Park Trust to help with a range of guided walks at the Park should contact Susan Evans on 01733 405971 or via susan.evans@neneparktrust.org.uk

Rob Henchy, Commissioning Manager with Peterborough City COuncil Adult Social Care and Chair of Peterborough Dementia Action Alliance said, "Research suggests that connecting people with dementia in the outdoors offers significant potential physical, socail and emotional benefits in terms of enhancing mood, improving peoples sense of self and belonging and addressing isolation and loneliness. This is why Peterborough Dementia Action Alliance are delighted to have Nene Park Trust on board and look forward to working in partnership with them to make Ferry Meadows become a dementia friendly destination for people with dementia and their carers to enjoy."

To find our more about the work of Peterborough Dementia Action Alliance and to see Nene Park Trust's action plan in full visit www.dementiaaction.org.uk