Droitwich Spa First Year Anniversary Celebration

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Friday 25th November 2016 was the  date for the  first year anniversary celebration at Droitwich  Spa Meeting Centre with around  8o people attending. Members of the community including those involved in  the  Advisory Group some of whom had signed the Meeting  Centre pledge a year ago, and most importantly those who attend the  Centre   were welcomed to the event by Alzheimer’s Society Manager Gill Read.

It was wonderful to hear from members and  family caregivers about  their experiences over the year, some of who were not sure about the  Centre at the start but who have since found it to be  a very valuable  and  important source of support, friendship and enjoyment – ‘the  friendship  it brings to all of us is marvellous.’ Professor Dawn  Brooker, Director of the Association for Dementia Studies at the  University of Worcester, spoke about the MeetingDem project,  how far we have come and how we might move forward  with a sustainable funding  model. There is a vision for a Centre in every town.

We also heard from Colin Capper, Head of Research Evaluation and Development at the Alzheimer’s Society about how the society will help support Meeting  Centres in the future.

Gill introduced Sam Arnold, the Meeting Centre Manager who together with his amazing team of staff has spearheaded this innovative and essential service. Many people were thanked during the event and it has been a fantastic team effort but at the end of the day it is all about  the members, they are the people who  make it what it is.

Proceedings were rounded off with a welcome cup  of tea and coffee and cake. It’s hard  to believe we have been  open over a year already. It has been an exciting and challenging journey but I wouldn’t have missed a minute of it. May there be many Happy Returns!

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