CHARD NEWS: Dementia Friendly status gained by 1610 Gym and Fitness Centre

CHARD NEWS: Dementia Friendly status gained by 1610 Gym and Fitness Centre

THE 1610 Gym and Fitness Centre in Chard has become the second outlet in the town to be awarded Dementia Friendly status.

Selina Sapsford, the local Dementia Friends Champion and a Side-by-Sde volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Society, is committed to making Chard more aware about those people in the community with dementia.

“I have my own care company that supports those living with dementia and it was very apparent when I moved to the area that many hide themselves away too scared to leave the house,” she said.

“I believe Chard is a very friendly town and many businesses are wanting to help support those living with dementia by becoming Dementia Friendly.”

The first business to do this was Floweringi last year in Boden Street and the second has been the 1610 Gym and Fitness Centre in Jarman Way, Chard, which recently become Dementia Friendly and demonstrates to the community that if you live with dementia you do not have to stop the things you may have enjoyed in the past.

An example of this is Penny Smallridge, who lives with dementia, who has been welcomed to both Floweringi as a volunteer and also attends classes at 1610 with the support of the very friendly staff there.

The 1610 centre was presented with its Dementia Friendly status over the Christmas period.

PHOTO – TOP: Pictured (from left) at the 1610 Gym and Fitness Centre in Chard are Joe Allen, Trish Bishop, Penny Smallridge, Mayor of Chard Cllr Garry Shortland, Mayoress Judy Addicott, and Liz Wallis.

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