This months One in a Million celebrates the work of Leah Lambert who supports the Brentwood Tea Dance bringing together those with dementia for a cup of tea and dance to some much loved tunes. Whilst the fortnightly meetings are aimed at those with dementia, one of the biggest issues facing older people is loneliness so that is why the door is open to all.
The number of people with dementia is increasing because people are living longer and it is estimated that by 2025, the number of people with dementia will be around 1 million. Leah is part of the army of people that are helping to tackle the issue in really practical ways. She has been organising the Tea Dance for almost 4 years, with seed funding from Active Brentwood and Brentwood Council and with support from the Brentwood Centre, Livewell Brentwood and Right at Home Brentwood. Leah gets on average 60 participants fortnightly, giving participants a chance to socialise and breakdown the barriers of loneliness and social isolation.
1966 World Cup Inspiration!
Martin Peters, England footballer in the famous 1966 Winning World Cup team was the inspiration for Leah’s Tea Dance. She created the Tea Dance to make him and so many others happy. Leah said; “The warmth and gentle sense of camaraderie stays with our visitors for the rest of the day. Everyone leaves happy and that is what is so great to see.” Brentwood Leisure service manager, Nicky Smith said; “It is humbling to see how dance brings many guests ‘to life’ as the memory kicks in.”