Knitted flowers a huge success for dementia awareness
Over 1000 knitted blue Forget Me Not Flowers were picked up by people in Malvern in just three days.
The pretty woollen flowers were placed around Barnards Green and Great Malvern Town Centre on Wednesday 10 May as a visual way of raising awareness of the Alzheimer Society’s Dementia Friends campaign.
Altogether around 1200 hand-made flowers were donated to Malvern Hills District Council by generous members of the public.
The council are holding Dementia Friends sessions to help people gain a better understanding of the condition, know how to act more sympathetically towards people living with dementia, and to help Malvern become more dementia friendly.
The one hour sessions with places still available take place in the Council Chamber, Great Malvern on:
- Thursday 18 May – 6pm
- Thursday 15 June – 6pm
Rachel Vann, Physical Activity and Well-being Officer for Malvern Hills District Council said: “We are really pleased that so many people picked up a flower to take home. Becoming a Dementia Friend is really easy, there is no commitment or volunteering involved, simply just book onto an information session or watch an online video on the Dementia Friends website. A Dementia Friend is just about learning what it's like to live with dementia - anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to knit; we couldn’t believe the final count was over 1000 flowers, it was amazing”.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book onto a session.
Visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk for more information.