The Droitwich Spa Meeting Centre supports people with dementia and carers to adjust to their changing situation. The Centre opened in September 2015, the first such Centre in the UK. One person in every 14 has dementia so it is extremely likely you will know someone close to you who is affected by and who would benefit from such a service.
The Centre was set up as part of the European MeetingDem project (www.meetingdem.eu) led by the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester, with implementation support from the Alzheimer’s Society. This was developed based on a successful model of post diagnostic support for people with dementia and their family carers in the Netherlands. There are now 144 Dutch centres with a national infrastructure that local groups can utilise to bring on new centres.
Results from the MeetingDem project evaluation showed that people with dementia attending Meeting Centres in the UK, Poland and Italy were significantly healthier with better well-being and experienced an improvement in self-esteem, compared to those not attending the Centre and that family carers felt less lonely.
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Joining the Meeting Centre – new members welcome
If you or someone you know would like to come to the Centre, new members are very welcome. Further information can be found here
Details of the activities planned for April 2018 can be see here so why not come along for a free taster session
A copy of the proposed programme of activities in April 2018 is DSMC Schedule April 2018
To arrange a visit please contact Gill Hyatt at Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire to arrange a convenient day/time.
Telephone: 0800 008 6077 / 01905 740950
Supporting the Meeting Centre
Following the completion of the European MeetingDem project the Alzheimer’s Society funding for the provision of the service ended on 31 September 2017 and a new charity DROITWICH SPA MEETING CENTRE Registered Charity Number 1172997 was set up to take the service forward and secure funding needed to enable the Centre to continue to operate on a sustainable basis. If, therefore, you would like to support the Centre via:
Please also pass this information onto others you think would be interested in this information and/or would be like to help with the fundraising, volunteering at the Centre or making a donation, which can be done via this link as having established this Centre here in Worcestershire, the first of its kind in the UK, it would be a great shame if this important facility is lost to the town of Droitwich Spa.
DROITWICH SPA MEETING CENTRE
Registered Charity Number 1172997