A LEISURE centre in Flintshire is to host a dementia friendly swimming lesson.

Mold Leisure Centre - managed by Aura Wales - will hold the trial event which will take place on August 19 between 9.30am and 11am.

Swimming is thought to have a positive impact on people living with dementia, allowing them to relax while keeping their brain stimulated.

Swimming is also often associated with people's childhood, so benefits can outlast the swim itself.

Steven McFadyen, a representative of Alzheimer's Society, said: "We're delighted that Mold Leisure Centre has chosen to trial dementia friendly swimming events.

"Physical activity can allow people with dementia to connect with other people, have fun and stay healthy."

For sport and physical activity sector, being dementia friendly means having staff member are aware of the impact of dementia and how they can support sufferers in their community.

Wesley Billings, swimming coordinator at Mold Leisure Centre, expressed his enthusiasm at holding the event.

He said: "We would like to support people living with dementia in the community so they can continue to feel comfortable taking part in an activity they enjoy.

"We hope this session will become a more regular slot in our swimming pool programme and increase links with dementia groups across all Aura leisure centres."

For information on the swimming session, contact Mold Leisure Centre on 01352 704330.