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Dementia meeting centre open to help out

Rob George 1st May, 2022

A WORCESTER retirement home has taken the wraps off a dementia meeting centre, where they can participate in activities, enjoy refreshments and receive support.

Chantry House, a retirement home in Worcester run by Platform Housing Group – one of the largest social housing landlords in the UK – has become a venue for a Dementia Meeting Centre, bringing the total number of centres in Worcestershire to five.

The centres are a way for people with dementia to get support and socialise and they also provide support to carers and help families adapt to living with dementia.

The centres are run by Age UK, who partnered with Platform to organise the centres following their successful introduction by the Association for Dementia Studies.

Funded by the University of Worcester and the National Lottery, the centres cost £25 a day to attend. The cost for eligible Platform customers is covered by Platform’s ‘Wellbeing Fund’; customers should visit www.platformhg.com/wellbeing-fund for more information.

Louise Lee, housing and dementia research consortium member, said: “Platform Housing has developed its Dementia Friendly Strategy so that we can respond to the need and prevalence of Dementia within our society and also in our local communities where we provide housing.

“We are proactive about our approach to Dementia and as a result we work with a wide range of local partners including Age UK and Association for Dementia Studies based here in Worcester to provide the best possible support to families and individuals who experience Dementia.

“There are a lot of myths around this condition and we want to dispel some of them while encouraging everyone interested in the kind of support that Meeting Centres offer.

For more information about the Dementia Meeting Centre at Chantry House call Age UK on 01905 724294 or e-mail info@ageukwmh.org.

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