Free walk and swim at London Aquatics Centre for Dementia Awareness Week

The London Aquatics Centre, on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, are supporting Dementia Awareness Week with a free swim session for anyone living with dementia or who is over 60 on Tuesday 16th May, as well as a walk around the Park on Friday 19th May. 

Better, the UK’s largest provider of public leisure and swimming facilities who operate the London Aquatics Centre, aim to get more people, more active, more often in their local communities. Better staff members at the London Aquatics Centre and Copper Box Arena have received dementia awareness training to help support users of the centres living with dementia.

The London Aquatics Centre’s free swim session for Dementia Awareness Week on Tuesday 16th May, between 12pm and 1pm, will be a weekly session costing participants £3.30 per swim. The session will be lead by an activator, and offers a relaxed swimming environment, helping build water confidence if needed, for anyone who is living with dementia or aged over 60.

During last week’s Mental Health Awareness Week, 8th to 14th May, another special swim sessions, was held free of charge to promote physical activity for mental wellbeing with a group of swimmers from Newham attending. These swimmers have signedup to join the weekly swimming sessions moving forward from the Dementia Awareness Week swim.

Alzheimer’s UK will be hosting information stalls, for anyone wanting to know more about dementia and mental health, in the foyer of the main reception at the London Aquatics Centre in the afternoon of Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th May as well as the morning of Friday 19th May.

There will be a walk to explore the Park and it’s venues, suitable for those living with dementia and their families. The walk will start from the London Aquatics Centre on Friday 19th May at 1:30pm. The walk, lead by Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Volunteers and supported by Alzheimer’s UK, will finish at the Terrace Café at the Copper Box Arena.

Elaine Anderson, Better’s General Manager at London Aquatics Centre, said, “All the staff at the London Aquatics Centre are proud to support Dementia Awareness Week with our swim session, Park walk, and Alzheimer’s UK stalls.

“Our weekly relaxed swim session for those living with dementia and anyone over 60 will continue to provide support and raise awareness in a friendly environement.”

For more information about the Mental Health Awareness Week activities or to register your interest please speak to a member of the reception team at the London Aquatics Centre or call 02082214929.

If you would like some help or advice from Alzheimer’s Society Newham, please call 020 84720658 or email