COTSWOLD District Council has joined forces with the Alzheimer’s Society to organise the Cotswold Dementia Action Week.

There will be free events across the district to help those with dementia from Monday May 21 until Friday May 25.

A ‘Look Again’ photography workshop with Ruth Davey will take place at the George Moore Community Centre in Bourton on the Monday from 1.15pm until 3pm. Numbers are limited, but call 01285 623405 to book a place.

A ‘Gloucestershire Dementia Strategy and Communities’ talk with Rachel Peak from 2gether NHS Foundation Trust will also take place at the George Moore Community Centre from 3pm until 4.15 on the same day.

On Tuesday there will be a walk at the village green in Bourton-on-the-Water from noon until 3pm. Will also include Tai Chi and art sessions as well as Twiddle Muffs, and ‘Let’s Talk about Dementia’ board game.

On Wednesday, there will be a dementia awareness session at Moreton Area Centre from 10am until noon. To book, call Cotswold Friends on 01608 651415.

On Thursday, a north Cotswold community dementia day will happen at Mill House Care Home in Chipping Campden from 5pm to 7.30pm.

A walk and talk at Birdland Park and Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water, will take place on Friday May 25 from 10.30am until 11.30am. Call 01285 623405 to book a place. Attendees with dementia must be accompanied by carers for support.

Commenting on this initiative, CDC Cabinet Member for Health, Cllr Stephen Hirst, said: “Dementia Action week provides some great opportunities for people across the district to find out more about this condition, particularly those who will benefit most from advice and information about sources of support.

"Promoting awareness should also help to break down barriers and increase general understanding about dementia in the Cotswolds.

"I will be attending the 24 May event at Chipping Campden and I look forward to a memorable occasion.”

More details about the Cotswold Dementia Action Week are available at /go/olderpeople