Sanctuary Supported Living’s Dementia Adviser Service in Middlesbrough held a series of events last week to support their service users and help raise awareness of the disease as part of Dementia Awareness Week.
Throughout the week the service held a range of events and activities including an information stall at the Parkway shopping centre; a healthy eating demonstration from Joanne Walkington of Middlesbrough Council, where service users took part in making healthy and nutritious meals; an art and discussion session with psychiatrist Dr Mina Bobdey and an open office day, where service users could pop in for a chat, a cuppa and a slice of cake and see the facilities available.
Finally, the week finished on a high on Friday when service users and their carers were treated to a day trip to the open air Beamish Museum. The group took the museum’s vintage tram to the Edwardian village where they got to look round the shops, dentist and houses, getting a glimpse of life in times past.
Everyone who attended said how much they enjoyed the visit to the museum, including the staff.
Colin Bage, who attended the events with his wife May, even wrote a letter of thanks to the team for the trip and the rest of week’s activities saying: “The entire content of the programme was very interesting, informative and very enjoyable.”
He added: “The nostalgic trip to the Beamish museum put the icing on the cake as it was a wonderful experience and a fantastic day.”
Wendy Collins, Local Services Manager for Sanctuary Supported Livings, said: “The week’s activities have been a great success and I’m so pleased that our service users not only enjoyed it but got something out of it as well. I hope we have been able to raise awareness of dementia in the area too.”