Lilian Faithfull Care are opening their doors to support people newly diagnosed with Dementia in Gloucestershire.

The first of its kind in the county and forms part of the ‘Meeting Centres UK Support Programme.’ 

Our Meeting Centre offers advice and support to those newly diagnosed with dementia and their families. It is a meeting place where you can share the day together in a welcoming and safe environment. You can also gain support from staff, share experiences with those in a similar situation. As well as enjoying a range of activities.

Open weekly on Wednesdays and based in their Royal Gardens Community Hub. Next to their Royal Court care home on Fiddlers Green Lane in Cheltenham.

Until now there has not been a service like this in Gloucestershire. The aim is to provide on-going support and advice to both the individual and their loved ones. So we can help everyone adapt and live well with Dementia.

Furthermore, Lilian Faithfull Care’s trained dementia care team will provide an enjoyable and flexible day. Built around having fun, adjusting to living with dementia and involving family carers.

What to expect

The visits will equip people with useful information, facilitate friendly group chats, have guest speakers, give regular one-to-one guidance, and provide support with practical, emotional and social challenges to family carers. And allow people to form new friendships for extra support. 

There will be various activities to help adapt to the new daily challenges people encounter. As well as being active and creative. Such as gardening, art, games, history, walking, dancing and outings. 

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The meeting centre is managed by Dementia Support Workers, Yvonne Kelly-Fox and Georgina Kirby who work at Lilian Faithfull Care.

Georgina Kirby says, ‘We recognise the affect being told you have dementia has on people and their loved ones, and we are here to help.’

Yvonne Kelly-Fox says, ‘We welcome people to get in touch so we can support them through this journey and build their confidence out within the community.’

Inspired and supported by the University of Worcester and The Association for Dementia Studies (ADS) who run a project to help establish new meeting centres in different parts of the UK. They work with their communities to support people and families directly affected by dementia. According to the University of Worcester, Meeting Centres were first developed in the Netherlands 25 years ago. They now have 150 Dutch centres. Dutch research, and recent UK research, demonstrates that Meeting Centres have positive outcomes for people living with dementia and for family carers. Evidence also shows people that attend experience better self-esteem, greater feeling of happiness and sense of belonging than those who don’t. Those who attended more regularly showed fewer of the more distressing symptoms of dementia. Family carers also experience less burden and feel better able to cope. 

Helping people with dementia

Martin Hughes, CEO of Lilian Faithfull Care says, ‘In Gloucestershire there is an estimated 8,610 people living with dementia and it is expected to double over the next 20 years. We remain true to our Founder, Lilian Faithfull’s principles, “a desire to improve the lives of others through care and dedication,” by helping people to live well with dementia in our county.’  

Open weekly every Wednesday between 10.00am and 3.30pm, people can attend for as many weeks as they need. The expert team will be there with a helping hand.

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This new weekly Wednesday meeting centre programme is in addition to the day care. This is already provided by Lilian Faithfull Care at the Royal Gardens Community Hub.

If you would like to find out more, attend or refer someone to Lilian Faithfull Care’s Dementia meeting centre support programme please drop in on a Wednesday 10am-3:30pm. You can also email at RGMC@lilianfaithfull.co.uk or visit www.lilianfaithfull.co.uk/our-homes/meeting-center

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