DEMENTIA awareness events are taking place this week in Leominster.

The Leominster Dementia Awareness week has been organised by the Dementia Friendly Leominster group, with support from the charity Dementia Matters Here.

A range of free events and activities have been taking place in Grange Court since Monday, August 23, and run until Saturday, August 28.

These have included the memory cafe, digital support sessions and chair based exercise classes.

Sessions have also been held for carers and dementia friends.

Monday afternoon saw a performance from the English Symphony Orchestra's wind section. While on Wednesday, there was a wine and cheese business evening event.

On Friday, August 27, DFL will have a stall in Leominster market and will be able to talk with members of the public about dementia.

The week's worth of events comes to an end on Saturday with the family fun day, for all generations, which will take place at Grange Court from 11am to 3pm. It is free for anyone to attend.

Cheryl Poole, the Chair of DFL, said the purpose of the week has been to educate, inform and support.

She said: "The week has all been about getting people together from all walks of the community and gives us a chance to raise awareness for the issues people living with dementia, and their families and carers face.

"As a community, we can come together and help people live with it and make sure they are supported and respected."

Claire Powney, Chief Officer of Dementia Matter Here, said it was important to make communities more inclusive for people with dementia.

She said "One in four people will experience dementia first hand. It's so important to raise the awareness.

"We need to do the best we can for those people and that's best done by including them in our communities

"You can help people to live with it, if you can understand it."