Dementia-friendly plans for Wells move forward

Supporters of Wells Community Hospital enjoying a sunny day in the Dementia Friendly Garden. Volunte

Supporters of Wells Community Hospital enjoying a sunny day in the Dementia Friendly Garden. Volunteer: Ann Small, Marion Perryman, Judith Fowler, Eileen Urquhar with trustee Jonathan Hazell, trustee advisor Pat Mackechnie, volunteer and town councillor Pauline Catton, town councillor Lindsay Dew, development coordinator Liz Downing and county councillor Dr Marie Strong. - Credit: Archant

A town's bid to become county's next dementia-friendly destination moved a step closer after its hospital threw open its doors to visitors.

Wells Community Hospital's open day gave people the chance to see first-hand the work the hospital is doing to help people with dementia, as well as other services.

Visitors took a stroll around the hospital's new sensory garden which has more than 300 new plants along with a beach scene, swings and a village green.

People were also able to discover more about the hospital's dementia hub, which runs dementia sessions every Wednesday morning, and the venue's monthly singing sessions for the Music for Memory group.

On the day, Age UK, Alzheimers and carers groups such as Wells Carers and West Norfolk Carers hosted stands with information available for people to take away.

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More than 100 people attended Thursday's event - an initiative which Norfolk County Council councillor Marie Strong will help bolster the town's bid to become dementia-friendly. Dr Strong, county councillor for Wells, said: 'It was a delight to visit Wells Community Hospital and talk with the enthusiastic staff and volunteers – and representatives of the organisations available to support our community in so many ways. It also gave me the opportunity to visit the lovely dementia-friendly garden which everyone and anyone is welcome to visit. I am also very proud that Wells Town Council has already supported Wells becoming a dementia-friendly town and that Wells Library staff are now trained which means the library is dementia-friendly. When we take the concept a stage further our shops can also become identified as being dementia-friendly.'

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