Congratulations to Memory Matters

Successful Lottery Bid Provides Long Term Support to Five Dementia Day Clubs

PEOPLE with mild to moderate dementia will benefit from a new project in five Cornish towns as a not-for-profit company secures Lottery funding.

Memory Matters South West is celebrating its successful bid for almost £300,000 through the Reaching Communities England Big Lottery Fund, ensuring it can deliver day clubs in Liskeard, Lostwithiel, St Austell, Wadebridge, and Bodmin for the next three years.

Director Laura Walker said: “This is such fantastic news for us as it means we can build on what we offer at present as well as introduce new day clubs in new areas, helping people with dementia to take part in fun and stimulating activities within their communities.”

The organisation assists people with mild to moderate dementia through Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST), which uses techniques such as number and word association to increase cognition, and which the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence recommends is offered to all people with these levels of dementia.

Its day clubs, run by experienced activity workers, offer the opportunity for people to take part in a variety of activities such as categorising objects or creative pursuits to spark the imagination and memory, with the structured sessions creating an interesting, secure and vibrant environment.

Stephen Tamblin, from St Dennis, has been supported by Memory Matters South West and said: “This will help with my memory and make me more happy.

“It’s great to get out of the house and meet other people with dementia and try to help them come to terms with it.”

The organisation will begin to deliver five 26-week programmes at the day clubs from December (2015).

Fellow director Kate Smith said: “Along with CST in the morning we will provide ‘living well’ sessions in the afternoon that will include tips and techniques for people to live will with dementia independently at home.

“We will also be working with dementia friendly initiatives and other voluntary and statutory organisations to ensure as many people as possible can benefit from the project.”

People interested in joining a day club or finding out more about Memory Matters South West can visit the Memory Matters website or call 01752 692264.