Tea dances prove popular for dementia group

December 22 2018

Chipping Sodbury Dementia Support Group says its regular dance sessions are proving a big hit.

The recently formed organisation, co-ordinated by Jacki Hebblethwaite, grew out of an original idea to form a Memory Café in the town.

“A grant from South Gloucestershire County Council started the whole thing off”, said Jackie. “Since then Chipping Sodbury Rotary together with the Inner Wheel Club, has been totally supportive and their involvement has been fantastic”. 

The tea dances are held at the Chipping Sodbury Town Hall. They have grown in popularity and regularly entertain over 80 local people. Focused on local residents with dementia, they provide an afternoon of musical entertainment with friends and family and an opportunity to dance in a friendly and welcoming environment. 

“As well as Rotarians we also receive help from lots of different people,’ added Jackie, “So it’s very much a community event."

Donations from Rotary, Inner Wheel, the Townlands Charity and Waitrose allow all expenses to be met and ensure that this event remains free.

The next dance will be held on Wednesday 30th January 2019.