Community coming together to support Dementia Care in Wilmslow
Fulshaw WI and Row of Trees WI lend support in East Cheshire
We have seen the recent media reports about the increasing prevalence of dementia and the fear that this engenders. A new group in Wilmslow is recognising that although continued research into dementia is vital, there are also other ways that everyone can help understand and maximise the abilities of people with dementia, just as with any other disability.
The In Together weekly group, launched in January, is the result of efforts from the combined groups of Wilmslow’s Churches Together, the local office of Yorkshire Building Society [YBS] and Wilmslow’s Fulshaw and Row of Trees Women’s Institutes. In Together will concentrate on supporting people’s abilities where needed. The group is run out of Wilmslow Methodist Church Hall in the town centre and supported entirely by volunteers. Financial support has been obtained from Churches Together in Wilmslow, Wilmslow Parish Council, and a startup grant from the YBS, whose staff have become particularly aware of how dementia affects so many people, through their daily contact with the public.
The two hourly sessions run every Monday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm, and offer the opportunity for socialising over drinks and cakes, and for engaging in activities, talks and entertainment. WI members from both groups volunteer to help in the café and also provide cakes, twiddle muffs and any additional support required. Wendy Morris and Heather Robinson, Presidents of Fulshaw WI and Row of Trees WI respectively both feel that that their WI groups should engage more in the community. To quote Heather ‘This is an outreach that we both feel is very worthwhile’. This also lends support to our NFWI 2016 Dementia Resolution.
Attached pictures are – top: volunteers and guests of In Together Cafe. Fulshaw WI members Grace Brearley (back row left), Amanda Stevens (back row third left) and Row of Trees WI member Joan Houghton (back row second right) – bottom: group enjoying a ‘Singalong’ music session.