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New meeting centre set to open for Redditch dementia sufferers

Redditch Editorial 5th May, 2022

AGE UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire is to open new meeting centres for those living with dementia in Redditch and Bromsgrove.

The centre aim to offer expert, much needed support to people with mild to moderate dementia and their families, in a local community building.

They also offer an opportunity to socialise, have fun and talk to others and will benefit from specialist help that focuses on individual needs and circumstances.

Julia Neal, chief executive Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire said: “We’re delighted to be awarded new funding from Worcester County Council and the six district councils.

“This will extend our community dementia support services in Bromsgrove and Redditch over the next few months.

“We’re working with our partners at Age UK Bromsgrove Redditch and Wyre Forest and Sanctuary Care to make this happen.”

Kelly Baya, the meeting centre service manager at Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire added: “For both members and their wider families, creating the right ‘home from home’ environment at the centres and having sufficient time to talk and be listened to is so important.

“Our carer discussion groups are a much-valued opportunity to talk with other carers and staff, and to get involved with the centre activities as much or as little as they wish.”

University of Worcester Fellow, Dorothy Wilson MBE, the independent chair of the joint University of Worcester and Worcester County Council Assessment Panel said: “The Panel was delighted to be able to approve funding for another two Centres.

“We look forward to building on the experience of established meeting centres to support the new Centres and create opportunities for more people living with dementia and family carers across the county.”

For more on Age UK’s dementia services locally or to arrange a meeting centre taster day, call 0800 008 6077 or email referralhub@ageukhw.org.uk

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