The eagerly awaited new meeting centre in Leominster which will provide support for the estimated 3,000 people in Herefordshire living with dementia, will be ready to open its doors on February 1st.
The new service, based at the multi-agency building on Coningsby Road will provide a service to people in the mild to moderate stages of dementia along with support for their carers.
Based on a successful Dutch model of care, the Meeting Centre will be only the second of its kind in England, and will offer public information sessions, as well as personalised activities, support and services to individuals and families.
"We are delighted that the Meeting Centre is coming to fruition after many months of planning," commented Ginnie Jacques, Services Manager for the Alzheimer's Society in Herefordshire.
"It is such an exciting project which we hope will have a positive impact on the whole community in terms of offering a support service to people living with dementia whilst also providing a focus for Leominster to develop into a dementia friendly community".
The Leominster centre is being funded by the European MEETINGDEM research project which is rolling the Dutch model of dementia care out to Italy, Poland and the UK.
In the UK, 2 centres have been established in Leominster and Droitwich Spa, with services being planned, delivered and evaluated by the University of Worcester and the Alzheimer's Society working in partnership.
Councillor Patricia Morgan, Herefordshire Council cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: "I am pleased that Herefordshire is due to benefit from such a worthwhile venture; one which has the potential to support and improve the wellbeing of those with a diagnosis of dementia and their families".
“The Meeting Centre is a promising, innovative example of good practice where health and social care organisations alongside volunteers will work together to provide comprehensive, cost effective and easy to access support; enabling those with dementia to live longer independently with a better quality of life.”
For more information about the service, contact Debbie Powney at the Alzheimer's Society by email email@example.com
or phone on 01432 371137.
Source: Hereford Times 18/01/16