Health awards nominee Jack goes over and above for dementia patients

Jack Wakefield ANL-160413-145530001
Jack Wakefield ANL-160413-145530001
0
Have your say

A Spalding Grammar School student is the latest person to be nominated for the South Holland Health Awards.

Jack Wakefield (18) was nominated for the Volunteer in Healthcare category for his role at Tonic Health’s dementia cafe in Spalding.

The teenager has been volunteering at the cafe for the past six months.

The weekly session provides people with dementia the opportunity to participate in activities such as Tai Chi and yoga, helping them to maintain their quality of life.

The cafe also offers therapies to those caring for a loved one with dementia.

These include meditation and movement classes, which give carers the opportunity to relax and unwind.

Jack , who studies English literature, biology and psychcology, got involved with the cafe after an email was sent to his school looking for volunteers.

The A Level student said: “I want to study psychology at Nottingham Trent or Bath Spa University next year and become a clinical psychologist. I want to make people’s lives better.

“The dementia cafe seemed like a really good way of getting some experience in that area.”

Jack, who has also volunteered at hospice care charity Sue Ryder for four years, was nominated for the award by Sam Hill, who works at Tonic Health.

Sam said: “Jack brings a great deal to the table.”

Those working at the dementia cafe just wanted the young volunteer to hand out cups of tea, but Jack quickly exceeded expectations.

In addition to organising refreshments, the teenager also helps with exercise classes and chats with the attendees.

“Jack is very engaging with the dementia patients,” Sam said.

“It can be quite challenging to talk to them, but he is at a level where he can chat to them despite his young age.”

Sam said that Jack’s dedication was another reason he stood out as a star healthcare volunteer.

“Although he is a student going through his exams he still comes in, even during half-term holidays.”

Jack explained his commitment simply: “It’s just nice to go out and use my time to make other people happy,” he said.

The dementia cafe opens every Wednesday between 1.30pm and 3.30pm at Tonic Health on Westlode Street.

NOMINATE YOUR HEALTH HEROES

The first South Holland Health Promotion Day will be held in Spalding this summer.

This free to the public event will be at the South Holland Centre on Saturday, June 4, from 10am to 4pm and feature a wide range of information stands, stalls and talks from local healthcare providers.

It will also see the presentation ceremony for the first South Holland Health Awards.

The event is being organised by Tonic Health, in association with South Holland District Council, South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group and the Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press.

Tonic Health director Michael Morris wanted to create an event which would highlight and celebrate the healthcare provision available to the people of South Holland.

The area boasts some fantastic opportunities, support and provision, through the NHS, independent agencies and voluntary organisations, but members of the public are still not necessarily aware of what is on their doorstep.

The Health Promotion Day will feature stands supplied by a range of local healthcare groups offering attendees advice, guidance, support and information.

There will be a variety of health experts providing 30-minute talks throughout the day on a wide variety of health-related issues.

The day will culminate in the Health Awards ceremony, which will start at 3pm. There are four categories:

• Young Carer of the Year;

• Volunteer in healthcare;

• Bravery in the face of adversity;

• Services to sport/exercise.

Public nominations for worthy candidates can be made through filling in the form on this page or via email.

A judging panel will decide on a final three for each category before the event, with the winners being announced on the day. The whole event is free to attend. The function hall will be the home for the stalls and the Health Awards ceremony, with talks being held in the meeting rooms.

For more public information about the day, please visit: www.tonic-health.co.uk

If you are an organisation requiring a stand, please contact Sam at Tonic Health on sam@tonic-health.co.uk or 01775 725059.

To nominate someone, fill in the form on the right and send it to HEALTH AWARDS, Free Press and Guardian, Priory House, The Crescent, Spalding PE11 1AB.

Or email jeremy.ransome@jpress.co.uk with the name of the nominee, the category you are nominating them in and some words explaining why you think they deserve the award.

Please also enter your own name, address and relationship with the person you have nominated.