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Supermarket staff add voice as town dementia centre approved

Rob George 14th May, 2021

CARING staff at Evesham’s Tesco have made their pledges to support those living with dementia as the town celebrates being named a venue for the popular dementia meeting centres.

Store chiefs will fill a window at the Worcester Road supermarket with more than 70 pledges to show their support ahead of Dementia Action Week which starts on Monday (May 17).

The action comes as £60,000 in funding was given the green light to set up a new dementia meeting centre in the town.

Meeting Centres were originally developed in the Netherlands and were brought to the UK by the University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies.

A centre is a local resource, operating out of ordinary community buildings, that offers on-going warm and friendly expert support to people with mild to moderate dementia and their families.

Sally Dance, manager of Evesham and District Mental Health Support Services (EDMHSS) which submitted the application said: “We are delighted to be awarded this funding to help set up this Centre in this area of the county which my organisation covers and we are looking forward to opening as soon as the current situation allows.”

Lindsay Roach, Community Champion at Evesham’s Tesco (pictured) said: “Tesco are proud to renew our pledge to the community of Evesham and surrounding villages to help and support those living with dementia and their carers.

“I’m very pleased we, the planning committee, have been awarded funding for the meeting centre as it was a personal aim of mine to open a centre for those who are very much in need of understanding and expertise.”

The new centre will open in July 1.

The week of support follows on from staff and customers raising a whopping £1,175 for Cancer Research after getting in the pink for the cause with a variety of events including a raffle and everyone wearing pink for the day.

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