MALVERN’S Dementia Meeting Centre has been hailed by the mayor for its contribution to the community after it hosted its fete and open day.
The dementia centre held the event to raise awareness of its services and was praised by Mayor Coun Clive Hooper for its impacts on people’s well-being.
The centre operates under the church group of Malvern Link with Cowleigh.
Centre manager, Es Hoyle and newly appointed community builder, Sarah Clark, welcomed visitors to The Ascension Church Hall, Somers Park Avenue, where the dementia care centre meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 3pm.
Community builder, Sarah, works across the Malvern area, with funding support from Malvern Hills District Council, with the aim to build on what is already in place, and develop new projects to support the local community.
Mayor Hooper said he understood research had shown engaging in activities and socialising with others, helps people cope well in adjusting to living better with their dementia, particularly in the early stages.
He added: “ I was very pleased to learn about the work being carried out by the local churches group and the excellent role played by the District Council through the Community Builders Team in supporting and engaging with the local communities.
“ I was pleased to see some of the activities taking place, and have the opportunity to talk to everyone, including volunteers giving support.
“I was impressed with how worthwhile and rewarding the centre is, and the contribution it is making to the community and people’s well-being.”
Other community groups ran by the organisers include Memory Lane Singers on Tuesdays from 1.30pm to 2.30pm and Movers and Shakers seated exercise class on Thursdays from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Events are free for members and tickets cost £3 for non-members.