Dragon's Den style event to help make Leigh 'dementia friendly'

The Bolton News: Several events have been held to find out what services are needed in Leigh Several events have been held to find out what services are needed in Leigh

A CLASSIC cinema club, memory boxes, and songs of yesteryear are just some of the ideas that could help make Leigh ‘dementia-friendly.’

The ideas are some of those that will be pitched in a Dragon’s Den style event on Thursday before members of the public vote on which they would like to see receive funding.

The event at Leigh Miners Club on Twist Lane between 2pm and 4pm is the grand finale in a series of sessions in Leigh to find out what is needed in the area to help people with dementia, their families and carers and make Leigh ‘dementia-friendly’.

Clr Keith Cunliffe, portfolio holder for adult and social care, said: “Leigh is the third area in Wigan Borough to take on the challenge of becoming a dementia friendly community.

“We’ve seen that when local people get involved in the conversation and ultimately decide which services are funded locally to improve the lives of those living with dementia, the benefit to the whole community is maximised.”

The audience will hear the pitches and then vote for their two preferred options.

Anyone who’s not able to attend the whole event can take part in a speed vote, by popping in between 12 noon and 2pm to meet the pitchers, view their display stands and find out about their ideas. They can then register their votes before the main event.

The votes will be counted and winners announced at the event. The new services will then work with Wigan Council on the start-up process and be up and running by the end of March.

A buffet lunch will be available from around 1pm and the event is completely free to attend.

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