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RotaryThe Challenge of Dementia No. 8

A centre worth visiting is Age UK Oadby & Wigston, 51 Paddock Street, Wigston, LE18 2AN.

Karen Storey is President of the Oadby Rotary Club, has considerable experience of working with those living with dementia and works at Age UK Oadby & Wigston.

Age UK Oadby & Wigston is a very local charity which has been in existence for 40 years supporting the needs of older people in and beyond the Borough of Oadby & Wigston.

It receives little external funding and has to self-raise over 90% of the income needed to keep the charity in existence. To deliver their services they have the dedicated support of over 50 volunteers. We provide a range of activities and services such as: indoor bowls, line and tea dancing, calligraphy, Tai Chi, Whist, Art classes, Bridge, Zumba. There is a Café and restaurant for informal dining, ‘Natter and Chatter’ and lunch club.
Their Elderberries club, from 9.30am to 3pm, offers professional support in a secure day care facility. Helping to prevent isolation, it offers activities to encourage social interaction and mental stimulation.

A three course meal is provided as well as other refreshments on arrival, mid-morning and during the afternoon, to encourage hydration and healthy eating.

A door to door drop-off and pick-up service operates within the Oadby and Wigston area and while people from outside this area can use these facilities, they would have to organise their own transport to and from the centre. Community Action Leicester may be able to help with transport.
There is a Memory Café is on a Friday afternoon between 2.30pm and 4pm. Each week they try to do something different to help stimulate people’s minds and bring back the past through reminiscence. They also have activities, singers and entertainers, quizzes, name that tune, games and lots more. This event is free unless they have a cream tea and entertainer for which they would have to charge a small fee.

There will be a meeting of local dementia supporters on Monday evening, 20 May at St. Wilfrid’s Church Hall, Kibworth. We shall be discussing making our community more Dementia friendly and also lobbying for Admiral Nurses in our district. If you would like to be involved contact Graham Thompson. grahamapt@btinternet.com.

The cost of each person’s package depends on each individual’s needs. For more information please contact Karen Storey on (0116) 288 5203 or visit our website at www.ageuk.org.uk/oadbyandwigston.


Click here to read more articles in the series 'The Challenge of Dementia' by Graham Thompson

Graham Thompson
Kibworth & Fleckney Rotary
Issue 411
April 2019

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