Flint town’s Dementia Friendly Steering Group organised a Summer Challenge made up of 4 different activities – Cricket, Beach Volleyball, Pool and Bowls. These activities were organised especially for members of the Flint community who are living with Dementia. The final event of the Summer Challenge was Bowls which, along with an Awards Ceremony, took place at Jade Jones Pavilion on Friday 19th July.
Dementia Services Project Manager, Luke Pickering- Jones, said: “all those who took part thoroughly enjoyed the sports and activities, highlighting how Dementia does not take your abilities and competitiveness away from you. Our aim as a group in Flint is to tackle these misconceptions. All involved are looking forward to next year’s Summer Challenge where we plan on creating community teams and care home teams, all competing to win the Summer Challenge Shield”.
Lunch was provided for the 20 participants and carers on the day of the Bowls competition and Awards Ceremony. Each winning care home team was awarded a cup with Llys Raddington finishing as the overall winners of the league, taking home the Summer Challenge Shield for a 12 month period.
Dafydd Young, Leisure Attendant at Jade Jones Pavilion, shared his enthusiasm on behalf of Aura, saying: “I really enjoyed hosting the Summer Challenge event and would like to thank the organisers for choosing Jade Jones Pavilion to be the host of the Bowls competition and Awards Ceremony. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet people from the local community and to encourage them to take part in different activities that they may not usually participate in.”
Ceriann Ashton – Centre Development Officer for Jade Jones Pavilion – similarly shared her excitement about Jade Jones Pavilion’s involvement, saying: “I am proud to say that working alongside the Flint Town Dementia Steering Group has helped the Jade Jones Pavilion team achieve Dementia Friendly status for 2018/2019. This is a great achievement for us as we feel passionate about providing the local community with leisure opportunities that improve mental and physical well-being.”
To find out more, visit Flint Dementia Friendly Community on Facebook or call Luke Pickering- Jones 01352 752525.