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DROITWICH SPA MEETING CENTRE - helping people live well with dementia

"Supporting people with dementia and carers to adjust to their changing situation"

Who We Help, Why We Help & the Difference It Makes

The Droitwich Spa Meeting Centre supports people with dementia and carers to adjust to their changing situation. The Centre opened in September 2015, the first such Centre in the UK.As one person in every 14 has dementia so it is extremely likely you will know someone close to you who is affected by and who would benefit from coming to the Centre. Results from the MeetingDem project evaluation showed that people with dementia attending Meeting Centres in the UK, Poland and Italy were significantly healthier with better well-being and experienced an improvement in self-esteem, compared to those not attending the Centre and that family carers felt less lonely. For more information please view various films here

Also, this PowerPoint – DSMC 2018 and flyer – The UK Meeting Centre Support Programme – What is a Meeting Centre

"I feel as though I matter, as though I’m noticed again"

“It’s the day to day activities that they do here. You know, having a cup of tea with people, having their lunch with people. All the normality of being with a group of people, which when you’re isolated on your own, you don’t take part in”

“It’s being able to talk about these things with other people who are in exactly the same boat as you are, and they understand” 

Our Services Are

Charged Donation Appreciated

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Joining the Meeting Centre – new members welcome

If you or someone you know would like to come to the Centre, new members are very welcome. Further information can be found here

Details of the activities planned can be see here so why not come along for a free taster session. A copy of the proposed programme of activities in December 2018 is CHRISTMAS DSMC December 2018. To arrange a visit please contact  Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire to arrange a convenient day/time. Telephone: 0800 008 6077 / 01905 740950

Carer Support

Family carers get assistance with practical and emotional issues, as well as being able to contribute to social club activities. Some family members use the opportunity to have a break from their caring role. Couples consulting sessions, social activities and excursions also help people to enjoy life together.

Adjusting to Change 

A diagnosis of dementia is a huge challenge to come to terms with. If people make good emotional, social and practical adjustment to dementia following diagnosis, then it is likely that they will experience fewer distressing symptoms later and will be able to live at home for longer with a better quality of life for them and their families. Help and support for families and people affected by dementia is often fragmented. People often feel overwhelmed and confused about where to get help. Meeting Centres are a way of providing accessible support on a local level to act against this. The Meeting Centre supports people (members and family members) in helping them cope with the consequences of living with dementia and to make the best possible lifestyle adjustments for them as individuals. 

  • Firstly, it helps people adjust to the cognitive impairments by helping people to deal with disability by understanding their changing symptoms and how to deal with them. 
  • Secondly, it helps with emotional adjustment by supporting people get back on an even keel, to preserve a positive self- image and to prepare for and deal with the uncertainty that dementia brings. 
  • Thirdly, it helps people adapt socially by developing and maintaining good social contacts with family and friends, with their local community and the professional services that they will need support from as time goes by.

Additional Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to see the answers to some frequently asked questions

Community Engagement and finding out more 

Many towns have initiated Dementia Friendly Communities. Meeting Centres build on this. They generally start from a care organisation or group of people recognising that there is a need for more structured support for people affected by dementia in a local community. It is not really important who comes up with the idea to initiate a Meeting Centre, because collaboration with other organisations is essential to getting the initiative off the ground. Two demonstrator Meeting Centres were established in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire and Leominster, Herefordshire in 2015-16 as part of the research supported by Alzheimer’s Society. We are now building on this in the UK with the help of National Lottery funding. This helps us to provide advice and training to community groups setting up new Meeting Centres. For further information and/or to contact us for support, please visit https://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/uk-meeting-centres-support-programme.html and https://www.worc.ac.uk/discover/meetingdem-jpnd.html; or email meetingcentres@worc.ac.uk 

Watch these films 

The Meeting Centre Trailer (2 Minutes) 

The Meeting Centre Support Programme (24 Minutes)

What Is A Meeting Centre (5 Minutes)

Who Gets Involved In Setting Up A Meeting Centre?  (4 Minutes)

How do Meeting Centres help people affected by dementia? (15 Minutes)

Adjustment To Change Model (7 Minutes)

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