Events galore drew you all into city

Cllr John Holdich

Cllr John Holdich

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I had an amazing time last weekend, as I am sure many of you did judging by the amount of people in the city centre.

I spent many hours exploring the Classic and Vintage Vehicle Show, Peterborough Arts Festival, the Joe Homan Art Exhibition at St Peter and All Souls Church, pictured, celebrating 50 years of the Joe Homan Charity, and the family fun day in Central Park.

I also had an extremely enjoyable visit to the Hunt and Darton Pop-Up Café on Bridge Street which is here for the arts festival. It’s a truly unique experience and I would highly recommend you make a visit if you can, whilst it is still open, over the next couple of weeks.

My sincere thanks to all those involved and responsible, including Vivacity, city council officers and Councillor Paula Thacker, for making the city centre, Central Park and the Embankment such a hive of activity and a wonderful place to be.

We have another exciting weekend in store for you with the Italian Festival on Cathedral Square both Saturday and Sunday.

n I was invited to look around Peterborough’s Dementia Resource Centre this week.

The centre acts as a vital hub for dementia support offering advice to sufferers, and information and services training for carers.

The visit to the centre had poignant personal significance as my parents suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and the Parkinson’s condition.

Dementia leaves people feeling isolated and lonely with a feeling they can’t get the right support or access vital services. It is an issue we need to tackle now to help people today and in the future.

The Dementia Resource Centre is run by Alzheimer’s Society in conjunction with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. It is funded by the city council.

Around 1,700 people in the Peterborough area are living with dementia I learned. This is a large number and the city council’s strategy for people with dementia and their carers includes a commitment to making Peterborough a Dementia Friendly City.

I was keen to find out about the impact the centre, which is situated on Lincoln Road, has had on the Peterborough community since it opened a year ago.

It was evident the centre is designed to be as dementia friendly as possible, with dedicated group work and consultation space, and waiting areas to create a welcoming environment for those attending.

Support workers help to organise a wide range of groups and activities aimed at slowing down the progression of the condition and supporting people to live well with dementia.

I was particularly interested to learn about the Peterborough Dementia Action Alliance, a group set up to involve local businesses who work to raise awareness of the condition and ensure people have access to support services. Collaborative working is always so important.

n Works have recommenced on Long Causeway this week, following a break for the summer months.

With the main design work and infrastructure already in place, the remaining work includes engraving the benches with poems written by local pupils and a granite focal point celebrating the works of local poet John Clare.

It is particularly pleasing to see the work of John Clare recognised in this way for all to see and I look forward to seeing the finished results.