An initiative has been launched to provide information on services and support available for those with dementia and their carers. 

Three events are taking place in Beccles, Bungay and Halesworth as part of a wider dementia roadshow in Suffolk.

Organised by East Suffolk Council’s communities team and Suffolk County Council, the information events are taking place on: Tuesday, June 13 Beccles Library, Blyburgate between 3pm and 5pm; Tuesday, June 27 Bungay Community Centre, Old Grammar Lane between 2pm and 4pm and Thursday, June 29 the Pear Tree Centre, Bungay Road, Halesworth from 2pm to 4pm. 

Katie Graham, East Suffolk Council’s cabinet member for communities, leisure and tourism said: “Beccles, Bungay and Halesworth residents living with dementia, and their carers, have a wide range of help and services available to them and these events are an ideal way to find out more about accessing the appropriate support for their needs.”

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Beccles & Bungay Journal: Information events to aid those caring for loved ones with dementia have been launched in Beccles, Bungay and HalesworthInformation events to aid those caring for loved ones with dementia have been launched in Beccles, Bungay and Halesworth (Image: Dementia UK)

There is parking near to each of the venues and there is no need to pre-book a place. Free refreshments will be available.  

The Bungay event is part of the work that local stakeholders are currently undertaking around making the town a dementia-friendly community.

The Bungay Dementia Project has been created by East Suffolk Council, working with Suffolk Family Carers, Connected Communities, Bungay Community Support, Bungay Town Council and Back in the Groove CIC.

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Beccles & Bungay Journal: There is help out there for people with dementiaThere is help out there for people with dementia (Image: Newsquest)

Beccy Hopfensperger, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for adult social care, said: “Dementia is a truly devastating condition that robs families of loved ones and isolates people within their own lives.

"I hope that these roadshows will help people across the county start a conversation with us, helping them give us their experiences of living with dementia.

"The insights we gain from these conversations will help deliver the Suffolk Dementia Strategy’s aim to ensure that anyone with dementia and those that support them get the right support, in a timely manner in the right place.”