Your Leisure is thrilled to be part of the Thriving Communities Project partnering with Bright Shadow and Social Enterprise Kent.

The Thriving Communities project is lead by the National Academy of Social Prescribing and The Arts Council England with support from NHS England, Sport England, Natural England, the Office for Civil Society, the Money and Pensions service and NHD Charities Together.

The programme is designed to promote community connectedness and recovery from COVID, combining partnerships that include Arts, physical activity and social prescribing.

Ian Barker, Head of Community & Funding, said; "As partners on the Thriving Communities project, we are all committed to improving the health, wellbeing and quality of life of our communities.  Taking a person-centred approach, and combining services, skills and knowledge, we strive to provide unique, inspiring and beneficial opportunities and support for people living with memory loss and their families.  At the heart of our project is our ambition to create an authentic sense of place and belonging in the community for people affected by dementia, underpinned by a strong and sustainable alliance of partners committed to developing effective and accessible services’ over the long term."

The fund supports 37 projects nationally with each of those projects being unique, creative and inspiring.   Our project focusses on providing and developing support for people living with dementia or memory loss and their families.  The project will include Arts based activities provided by Bright Shadow, Physical Wellbeing sessions provided by Your Leisure and social prescribing and support in areas such as benefits and housing by Social Enterprise Kent.

The project will be based at Harmonia Dementia Village in Dover and in the wider Dover area.  The village is the UK’s first dementia centre of its kind, and takes a holistic approach to care and wellbeing. 

For more information, please contact:

Sarah Johnson, Community and Funding Manager

E: sarah.johnson@yourleisure.uk.com

Your Leisure is pleased to also be supported in this project by:-

Dover District Council 

Kent Sport

NHS Harmonia Village

GP Link workers for Sandwich and Deal and Dover

To read our blog click on the link to visit the National Academy for Social Prescribing’s ideas hub

Your Leisure Kent - supporting people with dementia or memory loss | National Academy for Social Prescribing (socialprescribingacademy.org.uk)

To read about the other Thriving Communities Project click the link

Thriving Communities Fund projects | National Academy for Social Prescribing (socialprescribingacademy.org.uk)



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