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Sessions for people living with dementia

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A host of sessions to support people living with dementia has launched at a Dudley Council Community Hub.

The Brett Young Gateway in Halesowen already offers a drop in service Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 3.30pm to provide advice and information to anyone living with dementia and their carers.

To encourage more people to visit the gateway and access support, a weekly programme of activities has been launched

On Mondays, there is a knit and natter craft group from 11am to 1.30pm and a reminiscence and life story session from 1.30 to 3pm. A social group for carers runs on Tuesdays from 11am to 1.30pm, followed by an afternoon playing old-fashioned board games from 1.30 to 3pm.

A dementia café will be held on Wednesdays from 11am to 1.30pm and a poetry and reading group from 1.30 to 3pm. There is an active music and singing group on Thursday from 11am to 1.30pm and another dementia café from 1.30 to 3pm

Sessions are free and open to people with dementia and their family members or carers.

Wrapping up the week’s activities is a welcome café on Friday mornings from 10am to noon. It’s for older people who may be living alone or feeling lonely who are invited meet others and find out what social activities are taking place in the borough.

The gateway is also hosting a number of drop in cafés, where people can pop in for a chat, get information and meet other people with similar experiences.

They are being held at Stourbridge Library on March 16, April 6 and May 11 from 10.30am to 11.30am and Brierley Hill Library on March 3 and April 7 from 10am to noon, and at Dudley Library on March 26 and April 30 between 3 to 4pm.

A dementia advisor will also be available to talk to at two cafes in Coseley. They will be Jack Newall Court on the third Tuesday of every month from 2 to 4pm and at Summerhill Community Centre on the last Wednesday of every month from 2pm to 4pm.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said:

In running these weekly sessions we want to appeal to as many people as possible, whether that’s the people living with dementia or the people caring for them. We want to provide a space where people feel safe to talk about their experiences or can simply enjoy the company of others. It also means staff in the gateway can find out if people are getting all the help they need.

The Brett Young Gateway is on Old Hawne Lane in Halesowen. For more information call the centre on 01384 816039 or email demgate.services@dudley.gov.uk

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