The Tunbridge Wells Dementia Friendly Forum wanted to celebrate Living Well with Dementia during Dementia Awareness Week in May 2015.
This uplifting Jive Party event simply could not have happened without the generous partnership working and practical support of all the members of the Forum and particularly Age UK and Town & Country Foundation.
Sandra came up with the original Jive Party idea and we had already enjoyed a more low-key event in 2014. This year we decided to build on that success and aim for something a bit bigger and more public, so we hired the main hall of the Camden Centre.
Town & Country Foundation generously sponsored the hall hire, posters and the local band the ‘Dad Pack’ and Age UK generously provided a buffet and also transport for many of the guests.
All of the members of the Forum contributed with information stands on the day – also bunting, photography and balloons – from Home Instead, Alzheimer’s Society, Good Neighbour Project, Bluebird Care, Carers First, Family Mosaic, KCC Library Service and Brachers law.
Everyone who came to the Jive Party had a lot of fun – including the organisers – and felt uplifted by the experience. There were lots of smiles and foot tapping and plenty of dance moves to be seen.
All those who wanted to dance were able to join in the fun and those who decided not to get onto their feet, frames or wheels enjoyed watching the action unfold. There were some very impressive movers on the floor and many happy memories were evoked. There were plenty of familiar tunes and ‘sing-a-long’ moments too.
If a picture is worth a thousand words….smile on J