In Together Wilmslow
Indoor curling, animal bingo, chair exercises - even socially distanced dancing - are some of the activities enjoyed by visitors to the recently re-opened In Together Wilmslow dementia café, which has moved to meet in the United Reformed Church Hall to accommodate Covid restrictions.
As there are limited numbers attending the weekly Monday afternoon sessions, the group currently has a small waiting list. Yet, since the first lockdown, we have managed to maintain contact with group regulars via weekly zoom meetings and a monthly newsletter. Also, a donation of vouchers from Sainsburys allowed us to take all members boxes of chocolates and biscuits earlier this year - the chance for a doorstep chat meant so much to those with extra difficulties to contend with in lockdown.
Says group leader Sally Mendham; “This continuity was really important. Now we’re able to meet ‘live’ we are taking a cautious approach and it is working well. We are optimistic about building on this for the future.”
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When Andrea Farmery (left) and her dog Hettie visited In Together Wilmslow dementia café in late May it was their first outing as a newly registered Pets as Therapy team. Among café visitors delighted to see them were Bob and Margaret Fogden (seated) and In Together group leader Sally Mendham (right).