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Dementia support group in Haverhill continues to grow as it hits its first anniversary

Haverhill (TT) Dementia Group pictured back in March this year. Picture by Mark Westley.
Haverhill (TT) Dementia Group pictured back in March this year. Picture by Mark Westley.

The Haverhill TT (Terrific Tuesdays) Dementia Group is expanding its horizons after celebrating its first year.

The group offers support for people with dementia, their families and carers and is run buy volunteers.

It meets every Tuesday from 11am to 2pm in the Studio at Haverhill Arts Centre, although a collaboration with Cleves Place means it meets at the care home on the second Tuesday of each month - and occasionally on extra dates.

Funding already received - as reported by the Echo on March 22 - has been supplemented further by grants of £750 from Suffolk County Councillor Quillon Fox, £800 from Cllr David Roach after he chose the group as one of his mayoral charities of the year and £500 from borough councillor Barry Robbins.

Dennis Wendell, who leads the group, said: "We have already had visits/talks from an antiques expert and the Haverhill Local History Group and various people from the health and welfare sections to give us the latest information available that might affect us and we still have our monthly visit from our Sue Ryder Navigator to discuss any problems etc.

"We are working on having regular visits by speakers on various subjects and are working with Cleves on activities.

"Bury St. Edmunds Volunteer Centre are putting together an activities package for us which may include help with a regular bingo session.

"We are also looking at with another organisation into the possibility of having a regular music/singing session in Haverhill for which there might be some funding available but this is still at the discussion stage. "We are also still hoping to get regular Dementia -friendly film screenings at the Haverhill Arts Centre possibly tying in with our meetings there on a Tuesday. "

To contact the group, email dwendell@btinternet.com or call Pat on 07913361373.

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