Opening Doors to Dementia, 28 May 2019


This was a Medway Dementia Action Alliance and Rochester Anna Chaplaincy Event for Dementia Action Week, held at Rochester Cathedral.

Medway Neurological Network had an information stall where we were promoting the forthcoming Medway Neuro Arts Festival.  We were joined by the new Mayor of Medway, Cllr. Habib Tejan, and Cllr. David Brake (Portfolio holder for Adult Services and Chair of the Health & Wellbeing Board), see photo to left.

Wayne Eaton was a brilliant Master of Ceremonies, ably assisted by Lorraine Brown who questioned the Panel of experts.  The Bishop of Tonbridge, Rt Reverend Simon Burton-Jones, together with the Mayor of Medway opened this event.  There were moving contributions by Denise Wilton, who talked about supporting her father Alan, who has dementia, AND of her father's major contribution to helping and supporting others with dementia in Medway. Elizabeth Miller read some of her extremely moving poems about her mother's dementia, as she launched her book of poems about dementia called 'Penumbra'.

Medway Maritime Hospital SUMMER FAIR, 7 July 2018


Medway Neurological Network was fortunate to be given a stall in the very busy Atrium, right next to the Mr Sawbones operating game!!  Ian, Jane & Martin were able to help and signpost a good number of people who had neurological concerns.

Congratulations to Medway Hospital on organising a great event, celebrating 70 years of the NHS; where would we be without them?

VIPs Visit the MNN Stall


Deputy Mayor of Medway, Cllr. Habib Tejan, showed an interest in our stall, and offered to drop in on one of our Medway Skylarks sessions.  Medway Hospital CEO, Lesley Dwyer, was passing by so Martin grabbed a photo opportunity, as shown to the left.

Cllr. Wendy Purdy, who is a strong supporter of MNN, not only dropped by, but helped on the stall!!  We were also very pleased to see another of our long-time supporters, Cllr. Vince Maple, pay us a visit.  It should be added that everybody that visited our stall was also a VIP.

Thanks are due to Ian Prior, Jane Etheridge and son Will, and Martin Nagler for setting the stall and manning it throughout the day.

Disability Medway Network Fayre, 6 July 2018, 
St Justus Church


Many thanks to organiser, Joe Wastell, for inviting Medway Neurological Network, and its participants, to have a stall at this valuable awareness event.  Pictured is the Motor Neurone Disease Association stall, manned by Sheila Thompson.

Disability Medway Network is doing a great job raising awareness of support for those with disabilities in Medway.  This fayre, sponsored by Involving Medway, will be going on tour and another three events are planned throughout Medway.

Awareness Events












Fruits of Volunteering Tree Event, Rochester Cathedral, 1-6 June 2018


This event, organised by the Voluntary and Community Services (VCS) Leaders Network, was Medway's contribution to the National Volunteers Week, for more information, please click HERE.  The theme was 'Fruits of Volunteering' and organisations were invited to exhibit a TREE that illustrated their volunteering work.  MNN exhibited the tree shown to the left with each of the charities and support groups in the Network represented by a fruit on the tree.  Individual stories of volunteering, and its rewards, are invited to either be placed on the tree, or displayed beneath it.

Many thanks to Cllr. Wendy Purdy, Watling Ward, for sponsoring the tree.

Medway Dementia Action Alliance: Opening Doors to Dementia Event, 30 May 2018


This major event was held in Rochester Cathedral.  It was opened by Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport & Loneliness, and had a full programme of talks and an awareness marketplace.  Medway Neurological Network joined 16 other stall-holders at the marketplace and we can report a lot of interest in our work.

Loneliness was a recurring theme and our MNN Neuro-cafes, and indeed our Medway Skylarks, can all help reduce loneliness.

Parkinson's UK Awareness Event at Sainsbury's, Pentagon Centre, Chatham on 10 April 2018


Parkinson's UK Medway Working Age Group Coordinator Phil Bungay with Rochester and Strood MP Kelly Tolhurst, who kindly supported this event.

Parkinson's UK World Parkinson's Day Awareness Event: Sainsbury's Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre, 11 April 2018


Medway Skylarks performed at the stall to help raise awareness of Parkinson's Disease/ World Parkinson's Day.  Trish Vella-Burrows led the choir and John Cornwall accompanied on the guitar. See also landing picture at the top of the page.  Please use the Activities/ Skylarks tabs to see more photos.
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