On Wednesday 25th August, the new Malvern Link Meeting Centre at St. Matthias Church opened its doors to the community for its official opening. There was a bustle in the building on arrival, with displays of information, artwork and projects. The Meeting Centre Manager, Kirsty Hughes, was on hand to talk through some of the activities that people had been involved with at the Centre, including discussions around the history of St. Matthias Church, and books that were being crafted by each person, which one of the displays was all about.
Reverend Phillip Johnson gave a bright a cheery welcome to everyone before our own Professor Dawn Brooker MBE gave us an insight into the background of the Meeting Centre model which was developed in the Netherlands. She then spoke about the exciting spread of Meeting Centres across the UK, with there now being 28 Centres open or due to open in the next few months. Local MP Harriet Baldwin followed by speaking positively about the importance of the Meeting Centre for people living with dementia in the Malvern area.
Finally, it was time to cut the cake, have a cuppa and of course a good natter! It was great to chat with people living with dementia and their family members who have recently joined the Centre and they were full of praise for it. See below for the beautiful cake that was created especially for the event.
A big thank you to all involved with the Malvern Link Meeting Centre for a wonderful and inspiring morning. We wish you all the success in the running of your Centre and look forward to visiting again soon.