It was a lottery-funded joint project between Carers in Southampton, Portswood Dementia Action Group and Friends of Portswood Rec.
Declaring the celebration open, Dr Alan Whitehead – Portswood’s Labour MP until parliament was dissolved on May 3, pictured above with Katherine Barbour of the Portswood Dementia Action Group – said: “What we are all up to today is having a good time on Portswood Rec – but it’s a good time with a purpose.”
Lorna Fielker from Carers in Southampton
Lorna Fielker from Carers in Southampton said: “We thought it would be great if we all came together and have a day that brought communities together, connected generations, collected memories of people’s use of the Rec over the years, start creating newer memories for newer people to the area, and raise awareness of carer and dementia-friendly communities…”
Cllr John Savage
Councillor for Portswood John Savage (Lab), who was both belting out numbers with his band and involved “in small ways” in the organisation of the event, said it had been “absolutely brilliant”.
Katherine Barbour of the Portswood Dementia Action Group said the celebration had “raised awareness of some of the issues for carers in the city, and also [shown] that one can live well with dementia".
You can hear Lorna Fielker (at the start and finish), John Savage and Katherine Barbour commenting further using the audio player below.