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21st Sep, 2021

Organisations wanting a Dementia Meeting Centre urged to apply for council funding

Rob George 12th Dec, 2020

ORGANISATIONS wanting to open a Meeting Centre in Worcestershire for those living with dementia are being encouraged to make an application for funding.

In January, Worcestershire County Council and the six district councils of Worcestershire announced they would invest £540,000 to help local communities across the county to set up specialist dementia Meeting Centres, putting the county at the forefront of this new way of supporting those living with the condition and their families.

Meeting Centres were originally developed in the Netherlands and were brought to the UK by the University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies. They provide local community support to people and families directly affected by dementia. At the heart of every

Meeting Centre is a social club where people can meet to have fun, talk to others, and get the help and support they need.

The one in Droitwich has proved highly successful.

Coun Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “It was disappointing that the launch of the Programme had to be delayed but we now looking forward to seeing local communities coming together to bring forward proposals for new Meeting Centres across Worcestershire to help those with dementia to have the best quality of life.”

Prof Dawn Brooker, director of the Association for Dementia Studies, said: “Worcestershire is the first local authority in the Country to make provision for this vital community support which we believe could be a real game changer.

“Meeting Centres have been proven to be a great way of supporting those with dementia to have the best quality of life. During the pandemic, communities that had already established Meeting Centres, switched to supporting people and families at home. Most Meeting Centres are now back to meeting together in some form. This funding will enable groups across Worcestershire to do the same.”

Applications can be submitted at any time up to 30 September 2021.

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