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Concert will sing city's praises in fight against dementia

Concert will sing city's praises in fight against dementia

Celebration Gala Concert We're proud to be sponsoring a gala concert being held in May at the Brangwyn Hall to celebrate Swansea as the first dementia-friendly city in Wales.

The dementia-friendly communities programme, run by the Alzheimer’s Society, aims to improve inclusion and quality of life for people with dementia by bringing together individuals, groups, organisations and local businesses. 

The city successfully met criteria set out by the charity to show how the local community is taking steps to become dementia-friendly. 

The Gala Concert will be held on Saturday 2nd May 2015 in Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall and will feature performances by Welsh operatic soprano Rebecca Evans, Pontarddulais Male Choir, Ariosa Singers and a local choir comprised of people affected by dementia. 

Tickets are available from the Brangwyn Hall priced £10, £12, £15 and £20 or by calling 01792 637300. 

The concert is supported by Swansea Council who are also key members of the Dementia Supportive Community. Our Chief Executive, Michael Williams said: "As an organisation which provides housing and care for older people in Wales, we are acutely aware of the impact dementia can have, how widespread it is amongst the older population and the need to adjust our ways of working accordingly

"Awareness is key to providing a more inclusive and positive experience. This is why all of Gwalia’s staff, regardless of role, undergo extensive training on the condition and why we wanted to support a Gala Celebration."

Sue Phelps, Director of Alzheimer’s Society in Wales, said: "A dementia-friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported, and confident they can contribute to community life

"It is great to hear of the positive work happening in Swansea and I would like to congratulate the Dementia Supportive Community Forum for the huge steps they have taken to improve the lives of those affected by dementia in Swansea. They are setting a high standard, as are other communities across Wales, and I hope many more will follow."

Hannah Davies, founder and co-chair of the Dementia Supportive Community in Swansea said: "The Dementia Supportive Community Forum has been meeting for 18 months and has now got over 50 members from many different backgrounds including company directors, senior managers, solicitors, nurses, college staff, volunteers and carers

"Most importantly, the voices of people living in the area with dementia are being heard and these views are helping to inform decisions being taken by members

"I am delighted that Swansea has become the first city in Wales to be publicly recognised by Alzheimer’s Society as working to become dementia-friendly and I’d like to thank all those that have committed to making this happen

"I look forward to the Gala Concert to celebrate all the good work underway and the commitment that we will all continue working together to be even more dementia friendly."

Organisations that are already fully committed to this work are: ABMU Health Board, Age Cymru Swansea Bay, Alzheimer’s Society, City and County of Swansea local authority, Compass Will Writers, Grŵp Gwalia, Home Instead Senior Care (Swansea franchise), and Swansea Business Improvement District. 

More information about all of the activity underway in Swansea can be found on the website www.dementiafriendlyswansea.org.

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