This year, to celebrate Dementia Action Week, members of Mount Chapel Champions Dementia Support Group enjoyed a guided tour of Buile Hill Park in Salford.
To remain Covid-19 safety compliant, the walk was conducted in four small groups, two in the morning and two in the afternoon.
The Mount Chapel Champions (MCC) Group is a friendship and peer support group for people living with early-onset dementia and their families and carers.
There are around 42,000 people living in the UK who have developed early-onset dementia between the ages of 30 and 65 years and this can have a drastic effect on their children, finances and quality of life.
The Buile Hill Park walk involved a 30-minute ramble along the smooth paths, around the natural meadow and into the ever-evolving community allotment, followed by tea and biscuits at the pavilion.
Each group walk was led by a team member of Salford Rangers, who work in several of Salford’s parks, country parks and local nature reserves.
During the walk, they shared many interesting facts and stories about the natural and historic features around us.
“The rangers were great. I didn’t realise there used to be a lake where the meadow is. I’ve found out all sorts today.”
The weather, unfortunately, wasn’t on their side! Around ten minutes into the morning walk, the shower started, well in fact it turned into a full-scale downpour followed by hailstones the size of small peas.
It was a testament to how grateful everyone was to be out together, that the inclement weather was greeted with laughs rather than complaints.
Whilst many of the group have joined the weekly online zoom sessions everyone commented about how good it was to socialise outdoors with each other once again.
All members of the group have missed meeting up with their friends and were overwhelmed with emotion. One member said, “It was very uplifting and cheered me up immensely even though we got wet through.”
The event really brought home how important the support network that Age UK Salford Dementia Support Service provides.
Bringing people together who understand each other’s difficulties and who can provide the peer support needed with a chat, a cuppa and a good laugh.
“I have just loved it, what a treat!”
Find out more about Age UK Salford Dementia Support Service here.
Age UK offers some tips on walking for those in later life and the benefits of keeping active.