I would like to take this opportunity to update you with some key community initiatives that will be happening this month in Corfe Mullen.
The first of these initiatives is the launch of Dementia Walks in Partnership with Health Walks East Dorset District Council, of whom I would like to thank for their support. Activity is important for those people with dementia so we are keen to engage with people who have been newly diagnosed as well as people who have had dementia for some time. These walks will be led by qualified, trained people and will provide an opportunity to reduce loneliness and isolation – two key themes identified by carers. Please look out for further information about dates and times of these in Corfe Mullen library and local shops.
Following on from this, on the 4th Friday of the month at the Village Hall, we will be introducing carpet bowls for anyone who is interested, including those with dementia and carers. This will begin in September and will take place from 2pm – 4.30pm. This activity is to promote fun and support in the community and is open to all. Come and join us for an enjoyable afternoon alongside some gentle exercise. Refreshments will be provided free of charge.
On 29th September, 11am Michael Tomlinson MP will be opening the Corfe Mullen Wellbeing Centre at the Chapel in the Valley Baptist Church. There will be a number of activities around the community that the Wellbeing Centre will be delivering and supporting. The primary focus will be mental health and wellbeing. There will be pastoral support and counselling for those who need it as well as monthly surgeries and drop-ins if you just need to talk to somebody (which we are hoping will include the local PCSO and other professionals). We are also looking to develop mentoring and peer support across the community.
On this date, we will also be launching the” Growing a Compassionate Community” vision and agenda at the same time – please come along to find out more. There will be refreshments available too!
Some important dates for your diary:
- 29th September, 11am, Michael Tomlinson MP will be opening the Corfe Mullen Wellbeing Centre at the Chapel in the Valley Baptist Church.
- Carpet bowls begins, Friday 22nd September at 2pm at the Village Hall.
- Dementia walks begin on Friday 13th October at 2pm. Meet at Corfe Mullen, Scout Hut
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for their support over the last few years and to those people who stop me in the street or local shops, thank you for your encouragement.
Let’s continue to journey together to grow a compassionate inclusive community.
Peter Jones Reg MBACP MA FRSA