Age UK opens new dementia friendly club on Saturdays

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Age UK Horsham District celebrated opening a new Dementia Club in Pulborough on Saturday January 16.

The club which is open every Saturday between 10am -3pm at Pulborough Village Hall is the fourth rural dementia Club that Age UK Horsham District has opened in the last 15 months.

The Pulborough Dementia club is open to anyone over 50 who has a diagnosis of dementia and is being cared for by someone.

All of the rural dementia clubs provide high quality dementia care for up to 12 members. The activities are dementia friendly and take into account members own hobbies and interests. A vital part of the club is to offer a valuable respite day to those caring for someone with dementia.

Mandy Jones, Dementia Clubs manager explains: “It is so important that those caring for a loved one with dementia are able to take respite time, allowing them to recharge their batteries and pursue their own hobbies.

“Caring for someone with dementia 24/7 is often very demanding and exhausting …the Dementia Clubs seeks to meet this need. We also host carers meetings and are a listening ear for carers when needed”.

The Pulborough Dementia Club is looking forward to establishing itself as a valuable service in the village and is keen to hear from anyone who is interested in volunteering.

All potential members are offered a free trial day before joining any of the rural dementia clubs in Pulborough, Storrington, Henfield or Slinfold as well as the Horsham Suzanne Green club for the frail elderly including those with dementia.

Please contact the Clubs Administrator Tel: 01403 751327 for further information and to book a free trial day.

Report and picture contributed by Age UK Horsham District.