Havant poetry, sculpture and prose exhibition will explore dementia

From left, Meridian centre manager Rob Fryer, Dementia Friendly Hampshire project manager Debbie Morshead and Havant Mayor Cllr Marjorie Smallcorn. Picture: Mandy Moore
From left, Meridian centre manager Rob Fryer, Dementia Friendly Hampshire project manager Debbie Morshead and Havant Mayor Cllr Marjorie Smallcorn. Picture: Mandy Moore

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ARTISTS have put together an exhibition exploring the theme of dementia and its impact.

Dementia Friendly Hampshire – The Story So Far features work from artists and writers across the county as well as contributions from people with dementia and their carers.

It tells the story of how Hampshire is becoming a dementia-friendly community, which means shops, transport companies, leisure centres, charities, support groups and organisations have pledged to help people with the condition to live well and live independently.

It also offers information on the condition and local support services.

The Meridian Shopping Centre, in West Street, Havant, is hosting the free exhibition, which includes poetry by the Havant Writers Circle.

Visitors can play a part in the exhibition by placing leaf tags on a tree at the centre of the display to demonstrate support for local people with dementia.

It was opened yesterday by Councillor Marjorie Smallcorn, the Mayor of Havant.

She said: ‘The exhibition is both incredibly interesting and inspiring.

‘It provides a great opportunity for local people to find out more about dementia from a range of perspectives.

‘This is particularly important as the condition affects so many people.

‘What makes the exhibition so special is the way in which it highlights not just the facts and figures but the emotions and the personal stories behind the numbers.

‘It also serves as testament to the tremendous amount of progress that has been made across the county in creating dementia-friendly communities.’

Dementia Friendly Hampshire is an initiative launched by Andover Mind, Hampshire County Council and the five NHS clinical commissioning groups.

The exhibition runs until Saturday. Go to hants.gov.uk/dementiafriendly for more information.