Winchester is the first city in Hampshire to launch a Dementia Friendly High Street.

In Hampshire alone there are 20,000 people living with Dementia, with this figure looking to double by 2030. In response, the Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance (HDAA) are looking to raise awareness through Dementia Friendly High Streets. By giving businesses the correct training in Dementia Awareness, the HDAA believe that we can make Hampshire a safer place for those living with Dementia.

Hope Church will be partnering with Hampshire County Council & the HDAA, and as part of this initiative, undergo training for their Front of House staff and Welcome Team. In addition, Hope Church will be providing their facilities at the Middle Brook Centre for their next conference in February 2015.

The church believes that each individual is loved and valued by God. This training enables us to show value to individuals with Dementia, through a deeper understanding of what it is to live with the condition. It is the aspiration of the church to continually engage with our communities on a relevant and meaningful level. Our hope is that we can help to make a Dementia friendly Winchester.