A fete and open day has been held to highlight the work of a dementia support group.

The Dementia Meeting Centre in Malvern Link held an open event on Tuesday, September 5 at the Ascension Hall in Somers Park Avenue.

The centre, which is run by the Malvern Link with Cowleigh Parochial Church Council, helps people with dementia and their families to adjust to the changes that dementia brings.

Centre manager Es Hoyle was on hand to welcome visitors alongside Sarah Clark, who has recently been appointed Community Builder for the group of churches.

Malvern Gazette: Singer/songwriter Carol Sampson performed on the daySinger/songwriter Carol Sampson performed on the day (Image: Malvern Link with Cowleigh PCC)

Sarah is part of the Community Builders Team working across the Malvern area, with funding support from Malvern Hills District Council, and with the aim to build on what is already in place, and develop new projects to support the local community.

Malvern mayor Clive Hooper, who had  been invited to the fete, said: “I was very pleased to learn about the work being carried out by the local churches group and the excellent role played by the district council through the Community Builders Team in supporting and engaging with the local communities.”

Cllr Hooper said he understood that research had shown that engaging in activities and socialising with others, helps people cope well in adjusting to living better with their dementia, particularly in the early stages.

“I was pleased to see some of the activities taking place, and have the opportunity to talk to everyone, including volunteers giving support,” he said.

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“I was impressed with how worthwhile and rewarding the centre is, and the contribution it is making to the community and people's well-being.”

For more information about the Dementia Meeting Centre, which runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 3pm at The Ascension Hall, email Es Hoyle at es@mlwc.church.

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, a global event that involves all Alzheimer’s and dementia charities.

Dementia UK has a free, confidential helpline - 0800 888 6678 - staffed by specialist nurses who provide information, advice and support.