Age Exchange Announces New Manchester Dementia Support Service – In Memory Of Jo Cox MP
Age Exchange is excited to announce a new arts-based dementia day care service – the ‘EachStep Club’ – set to open in March 2019 in Community Integrated Care’s EachStep Blackley care home in Manchester. The service will use arts, creativity and reminiscence to transform the lives of people living with dementia and their carer, thanks to a charitable grant in memory of Jo Cox MP.
The reminiscence charity Age Exchange has been awarded a £97,500 grant from the ‘Building Connections Fund’ to establish a new arts-based dementia day care service. The Fund is a partnership between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the Big Lottery and the Co-op Foundation, which aims to tackle loneliness and isolation in response to the findings of the Jo Cox Commission.
The charity has been awarded funding to operate the Club for 18 months, supporting up to 15 individuals – and their direct family carer, for one day a week. It is hoped that the service will enable people to stay independent for longer, relieve the pressure faced by family carers, and help to overcome the isolation that a diagnosis of dementia can create.
Rebecca Packwood, CEO of Age Exchange says, “This innovative service will change lives by bringing people together, enabling them to follow their passions and create lasting friendships and support networks. We believe that this unique and much needed service will be a fitting tribute to the memory of Jo Cox. We’re currently carefully planning the service, with the aim of launching it from March 2019. We’re looking forward to fully announcing these plans to the local community in the months ahead.”
Mark Adams, CEO of Community Integrated Care, comments, “We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Building Connections Fund. This service builds upon our strategic aims of ensuring that our care homes are at the heart of local communities and that we deliver the most ambitious models of support. We hope that this is the first of many exciting projects to be developed through our partnership with Age Exchange.”
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