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Essex Dementia Day

Friday 19th January marks Essex Dementia Day and Colchester Borough Council will be recognising the day with a variety of events that you, your friends and family can get involved in.

There is estimated to be over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, over 20,000 in Essex, an estimated 1256 people would have been diagnosed in 2017 in Colchester which is 60% of the over 65 population. Dementia is something that could affect all of us in some form at some point in our life and has a higher health and social care cost than cancer and chronic heart disease.

On the day Colchester Borough Council will be hosting an awareness-raising event on the Market on Colchester High Street between 9.30am and 2.30pm promoting ways in which we can all do more to support both those living with dementia and their carers. Please come and see us or spread the words to your friends and family. 

You can find out how to become a Dementia Friend, an initiative to improve society's understanding of dementia and then we can turn understanding into action. Our actions, big or small, can develop a more dementia friendly community. You can become a dementia friend by watching a video and signing up online:

There are 3 initiatives available for Colchester residents living with dementia should they come into trouble either at home or out and about; the market stall will have information about these on the day. Alternatively, see below for links to the three initiatives:

'This is me':
Herbert Protocol:
Message in a bottle:

Between 11am and 1pm, there will be a similar stall at Lion Walk Activity Centre to offer information to their members. Members and volunteers will also be encouraged to 'wear it blue' and be able to donate to charity.
So, please either go online or come and visit us, spread the word and if we all find out a little more about dementia, we can support those living with it and make our community a more dementia friendly one.

More Services

Activity Centre
Membership is open to over-50's and is currently £31 per year or £18 for those on qualifying benefits.  The centre provides activities and delicious lunches are served daily.

For more information ring 01206 282578 (Lion Walk Activity Centre)

Assisted Gardening Scheme
If you are over 60 or have a disability, and live in a property managed by Colchester Borough Homes, you may be able to get assistance with gardening .
For more information ring 01206 282514

Find out more: Colchester Borough Homes

Concessionary Fares
If you are over 60 and a permanent Colchester resident have you claimed your free bus pass?

For more information ring 01206 282329

Find out more: Concessionary Fares 

Council tax and housing benefit
Older people can receive help and advice about all aspects of Housing Benefit and Council Tax benefit, including how to claim and reductions following home adaptations because of a disability.

For more information ring 01206 282300

Find out more: Council tax and housing benefit.

Health Walks
There are "Health Walks" through the lovely countryside of High Woods Country Park and historic beautiful Castle Park. Leaflets, containing the routes, are available at both venues.  There is also a programme of leader-led walks at High Woods.

 For more information ring 01206 853588

Find out more: Health Walks

Helpline - Community Alarms
Helpline can supply an alarm with a pendant to promote independent living with the safe knowledge that there is always someone to deal with emergencies at the touch of a button. 

For more information ring 01206 769779, or email

Find out more: Helpline

Leisure World over 50+ sessions
Club 50+ provides a variety of fitness, sporting and social activities.  The programme has been designed to meet the needs of the mature active adult and provide a safe and effective form of exercise in a relaxed environment.

For more information ring 01206 282000

Find out more: Colchester Leisure World

Sheltered Housing
Colchester Borough Homes manages a range of schemes for older tenants.  These provide easily managed homes that enable people to keep their dignity, privacy and independence.    An optional mid-day meal is available seven days a week from an external provider.

For more information ring 01206 282514

Find out more:  Sheltered Housing

Warm Homes - heating and insulation
Warm homes provides advice on heating and insulation, gives information on grants and loans that may be available and refers people to other agencies that might be able to help.

For more information ring 01206 505861

Waste Services - assisted collection
If you have difficulty putting your refuse and recycling out on the boundary of your property you may be able to get assistance.

For more information ring 01206 282700

Find out more: Assisted waste collection