People living with dementia and their carers across the City of Westminster are being invited to get active for free this weekend.
Westminster City Council and Everyone Active is offering people living with dementia and their carers complimentary access to all its leisure centres in from Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 September. The opportunity has been made in support of National Dementia Carers’ Day (Sunday 8 September).
Over the weekend, local people living with dementia and their carers can gain free-of-charge access to the gyms and public swimming sessions at Marshall Street Leisure Centre, Queen Mother Sports Centre, Moberly Sports Centre, Seymour Leisure Centre, Paddington Recreation Ground, Little Venice Sports Centre and Porchester Centre.
An estimated 850,000 people in the UK are currently living with dementia, and many of those rely on the support and care of friends and family. National Dementia Carers Day takes place during Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. The day was founded by the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia UK and SweetTree Home Care Services to recognise the vital role of carers and the tireless work they do to look after their loved ones.
As well as the physical benefits of being active, exercise can offer valuable opportunities to socialise, which is beneficial to both those living with dementia and their carers.
Cllr Iain Bott, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for sports, culture and community said: “Dementia is a growing problem for our society and I’m pleased to recognise the great work that carers do on National Dementia Carers Day. Enjoying an active life is important for all ages, especially older people, so I would encourage everyone who is eligible to visit their local leisure centre and take advantage of this offer.”
Michael Hindmarsh, regional activities manager at Everyone Active, said: “We work in hundreds of communities across the country and we’re determined to support all the people who live within them to be active. Having dementia or caring for someone who does can impact all aspects of life. We want to play our part in ensuring people have the opportunity to enjoy physical activity regardless of their circumstances.
“Because their work is so often done in a voluntary capacity, there is no official way of identifying dementia carers. We will welcome anyone who attends our centre and says they are a dementia carer to enjoy our facilities free of charge for the weekend.”
Everyone wanting to use the centre as part of this scheme will need to fill in the necessary Health & Safety forms and watch the online induction before being granted free access. For more information, visit www.everyoneactive.com