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21 November 2016

Jane Hutt AM speaks about dementia and Welsh Government’s Strategy for Older People at DIAL launch

Gofal held a launch event in Barry today for the Dementia Integration and Link (DIAL) project. Leader of the House and Chief Whip Jane Hutt AM spoke at the event, along with DIAL volunteers and staff members.

The DIAL project will promote the wellbeing of people in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan living with dementia and their carers, and it has been made possible by funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

It will be a free service which will help people living with dementia by increasing social contact and participation in local activities, building self-esteem and confidence and making new memories.

DIAL will deliver a range of activities including cookery, sports and therapy to support people to cope with the condition.

The Welsh Government’s strategy for Older People wants to see social isolation minimised by 2023 and helping Older People to live active lives as part of their community is key to that strategy.

The launch event today was held at Romilly’s Café in Barry and speakers included Jane Hutt AM, Gofal’s Chief Executive Ewan Hilton and DIAL Senior Case Worker Rob McMillan, and DIAL volunteers.

Leader of the House and Chief Whip, Jane Hutt AM, said:

“Supporting people with dementia is such an important part of the Welsh Government’s Strategy for Older People which is why I am so pleased that this project has been launched to support people in Cardiff and the Vale. This service will make such a difference to people with dementia and their families.”

Gofal Chief Executive Ewan Hilton said:

“We’re delighted to be able to offer a well-needed and free service to people in the area living with dementia to help support them in improving their well-being. A huge thanks to the volunteers and staff for their dedication, and to Big Lottery for funding such an important cause.”

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