Warm reception for Weston Hills dementia social sessions – and another course set for Sutton Bridge

LCVS's first dementia session.
LCVS's first dementia session.
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People living with dementia have benefited from a course of free fun and social sessions and others are being invited to join next time.

Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) delivered the first set of South Holland ‘Keep Healthy, Keep Active’ sessions in Weston Hills.

A new five-week set of sessions is due to begin in Sutton Bridge in September.

Suzanne Willis, LCVS health trainer and course coordinator, said: “Dementia can be very isolating, not just for those diagnosed but also for those who care for them.

“Social settings can cause fear, embarrassment and frustration, with those living with dementia often prone to repeating themselves, becoming agitated or wandering, which is why having a safe, local and understanding environment is so valuable.

“We were so glad this first set of sessions led to such positive experiences for those who came along and would urge others to come to the next sessions.”

Sue (70) and Sandy Fraser (76), of Cranes Gate North, Whaplode St Catherine, attended the first course, which ended in July.

Sandy has been suffering increasing dementia symptoms for around five years.

Sue said: “We were apprehensive about going along at first but because it was near and we could get to it easily that was an advantage.

“When we got there we were made very welcome and it was somewhere we could go and feel comfortable, where people understood.”

Carer Maralyn Surman (69) went along with husband Michael (68), of Broadgate, Weston Hills.

She said: “We don’t usually go to anything like that – my husband doesn’t really like to, but it was only two minutes away so we gave it a go.

“We got quite friendly with another couple there and it was really nice to be able to discuss things and to meet people who understand. When it finished I missed going along and really I wish it could have continued.”

The next course will be on Tuesdays, beginning September 20, 2pm to 4pm, at the Curlew Centre, Bridge Road, Sutton Bridge.

The sessions, lasting two hours each, include appropriate activities and opportunities to chat and socialise. Places are limited as people living with dementia often do not like large group environments.

Sessions include opportunities to reminisce, prompted by artefacts such as old coins and activities such as seated or moderate exercise, potting plants and afternoon tea with music.

A qualified health trainer from the Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) Healthy Living Team is running the sessions, which have been funded by Lincolnshire’s Dementia Support Fund.

Another course will be held in South Holland later in the year. Details will be available soon.

The LCVS Healthy Living Team offers health advice and support via individual, group and remote sessions.

It also offers workplace health packages and guest speakers.

To find out more about the dementia courses or any of the services provided by the LCVS Healthy Living Team contact Suzanne Willis, LCVS health trainer, on 01205 510888 ext 3 / 07739 659764 or email health@lincolnshirecvs.org.uk