Leominster selected for a Dementia Meeting Centre pilot project

Leominster has been chosen as the second UK location for an innovative new "Meeting centre support programme" to support people living with dementia.

The MeetingDem project is to be based on a Dutch model of care developed by the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam and is set to provide an innovative way of supporting people with mild to moderate dementia and their families through an 'evidence-based, person-centred' approach. 

The project is to be run by the University of Worcester in partnership with Herefordshire County Council and the Alzheimer's Society. Funding will come from the European Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) – the largest global research initiative aimed at tackling the challenge of neurodegenerative diseases – and will run for three years.

Councillor Patricia Morgan, cabinet member for health and wellbeing at Herefordshire Council, said:

"The Leominster meeting centre is due to open in 2016 and is a promising, innovative example of good practice where health and social care organisations alongside volunteers work together to provide comprehensive, cost effective and easy to access support for those with dementia; enabling them to live longer independently with a better quality of life.”

Professor Dawn Brooker, director of association for dementia studies at the University of Worcester, explained the aim of the local project is to adapt and evaluate the Dutch programme for people with dementia and their families in Herefordshire.

Around 18 months will be spent establishing the pilot while 12 months will be spent running and evaluating a prototype service.

Kumbi Mandinyenya, operations manager for the Alzheimer’s Society in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and the Black Country, added: "By attending the Leominster meeting centre, people with dementia will have access to therapies and creative and recreational activities, while their carers will be able to attend informative meetings, support groups and learn about coordinating care.

"With the right support, people with dementia can live well with their condition, which is why it’s so important that we continue to look at and test innovative approaches to care.”

​To find out more, visit meetingdem.eu or contact Shirley Evans at the University of Worcester on 01905 5422664 or shirley.evans@wo

Article first published Hereford Times 12/10/15

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  • 16 October 2015