ROSS-on-Wye Meeting Centre have put together a fantastic week of activities to coincide with Dementia Action Week.

The event, which runs between May 13 and 19, is a national initiative driven by the Alzheimer’s Society with the support of local individuals, organisations and care homes from the community.

The week locally is sponsored by Rosedale Retirement Home, enabling all events to be held free of charge.

The week begins with a special coffee morning from 10am on Monday, May 13 at Rosedale Retirement Home with live music and the chance to learn more about dementia in a friendly, relaxed setting.

If some gentle exercise is more appropriate, Sylvia Chetwood will be running one of her ever popular Tai Chi classes at Ross Community Gardens in Old Gloucester Road on May 14 from 10am.

A church service, organised by the Churches Together group, will take place at 11am on Wednesday, May 15 at St Mary’s Church, which will be followed by refreshments.

Ross Meeting Centre will be hosting a traditional Tea Dance on Thursday, May 16, with live music from Don Leatherbarrow, followed by afternoon tea and a range of stalls including local carer groups, Ross Community Development Trust, the Fire Service and the Alzheimer’s Society.

On Friday, May 17, Ross Junior FC will lead Slipper Football at Tudorville and District Community Centre on Friday, May 17, from midday. They will also be joined by Danie from Ross Health and Fitness who will run a Pilates class.

The Saturday events include a coffee morning sing-a-long at the West Bank Residential Home, Walford Road from 10am (confirm your place by email [email protected].)

In the town centre there will be a market stall where people can learn about how Ross-on-Wye is becoming a dementia friendly town and how local residents can help progress this initiative.

And finally The Phoenix Singers will be part of a sing-a-long at Tudorville and District Community Centre between 2pm and 4pm.

All events are open to everyone, whether you are living with dementia, a neighbour, family or a friend, or simply looking to learn more. The week offers a fantastic opportunity for the whole community to come together, connect and make a difference.

For more information about any of the events or to enquire about Ross Meeting Centre or Ross Memory Café, please contact Elaine Leney on 07506 992971.