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People affected by dementia in Leominster invited to explore new Meeting Centre

Couple huggingIssued on behalf of the Alzheimer's Society 

Residents of Leominster can enjoy a cuppa and some cake, when the Alzheimer’s Society throws open the doors of its new Meeting Centre to the local community.

The charity wants to invite residents to the coffee morning on Friday 4 December, and to learn about a new service that has been set up to support some of the 3,087 people living with dementia in the Herefordshire area.  The Leominster Meeting Centre is the second of its kind in England and follows on from the recently launched project in Droitwich Spa.

Ginnie Jaques, services manager for the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “I would like to welcome anyone living with dementia in the Leominster area to a coffee morning on Friday 4 December at the Leominster Multi-Agency Building, Coningsby Road, Leominster, HR6 8LC to find out more about the range of activities and services available at the Meeting Centre.

“The coffee morning will run from 10:00am to 12:30pm.  I believe the Meeting Centre will be of great benefit as there will be information about dementia, information about other local services, support, a range of enjoyable activities, and the opportunity to meet other people affected by dementia locally, all under one roof.”

The new service at the Meeting Centre will officially open in February 2016, but the coffee morning is a chance for interested visitors to get to know a little more about what is on offer.

The Meeting Centre provides practical and emotional support to people living with mild to moderate dementia and their families; through a range of information and education, support, and social activities delivered from an accessible community space.  The Meeting Centre aims to help people cope with the changes that dementia brings by using the adaptation coping model, a theory that has been positively evaluated in the Netherlands.

As part of the service, the charity will be providing public information sessions once a month to increase awareness of dementia and to support Leominster becoming a dementia friendly community.

The Meeting Centre Support Programme is part of a European funded research project to adapt, implement and evaluate the Dutch model of support in Italy, Poland and the UK.  In the UK, Alzheimer’s Society and the University of Worcester are working in partnership to plan deliver and evaluate the services in Leominster and Droitwich Spa.

Professor Dawn Brooker, director of association for dementia studies at the University of Worcester, said: “The Leominster Meeting Centre will bring together a range of services to provide practical and emotional support to people living with mild to moderate dementia and their families; put simply, this recognises that when someone has a diagnosis of dementia there are many changes that the person and their family have to adjust to.

"Long term coping will be better in people and their families who are supported to adjust well to these changes from early on.  The programme at the Meeting Centre is based on helping people to adjust to living with dementia in a positive way.”

For the service to run successfully, the Alzheimer’s Society is also looking for volunteers to support the Meeting Centre.  To find out more about volunteering, please contact Paula McGivern on 07525 825643 or Paula.McGivern@alzheimers.org.uk.

For information on local services and support currently delivered by the Alzheimer’s Society in Herefordshire, e-mail Herefordshire@alzheimers.org.uk or call 01432 371137.

For more information on the University of Worcester's association for dementia studies, visit www.worc.ac.uk/dementia, e-mail dementia@worc.ac.uk or call 01905 542431.

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