New mental health support group

A NEW support group for dementia sufferers and their carers is to open in Holbeach next week.

The first meeting of LPPG Outreach, set up by Littlebury Patient Participation Group, takes place at Holbeach Youth Centre, Boston Road, on Monday.

Two events are being held to judge the level of interest in the area for dementia care – a coffee morning from 10am until noon and afternoon tea between 2pm and 4pm.

The support group was formed after demand from LPPG members who claimed that there was a lack of support for dementia victims and their carers in
Holbeach.

Rita Mitchell, an LPPG committee member, said: “During a discussion at one of our regular meetings, a lady whose husband had died after suffering from dementia said there was nothing in our local area to support dementia patients and carers.

“We formed LPPG Outreach about a year ago to take this forward but we needed to find suitable premises for meetings that would give space for relaxation and activities.

“We’re starting off with a coffee morning and afternoon tea before hopefully branching off into film shows, light exercise sessions and we’re also hoping to get some board games for people to play at meetings.”

The support group, which will meet on the last Monday of each month, has received backing from both South Holland District Council and Lincolnshire County Council which gave LPPG Outreach a £1,000 grant from its Councillor Big Society Fund.

Holbeach county councillor Nick Worth, who secured the cash for the support group, said: “LPPG Outreach approached me a little while ago for help and I think it’s great that they came up with something to support dementia sufferers and carers.”

For more details, contact Rita Mitchell on 01406 424861 or Joan Woolard on 01406 426508.