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Dementia sufferers to get a new club

PUBLISHED: 15:10 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 09:54 12 August 2010

MEETING: Marie Schembri and daughter Carol meet charity’s patron, Lord Nicholas Windsor.

MEETING: Marie Schembri and daughter Carol meet charity's patron, Lord Nicholas Windsor.

A SPECIALIST care service for people struggling to look after a loved one with dementia opens this month. A MindCare Centre, offering

A SPECIALIST care service for people struggling to look after a loved one with dementia opens this month.

A MindCare Centre, offering specialist services for people in Bromley and Bexley with dementia and their families, is to open at the St Paul's Wood Centre, Chislehurst, next Thursday.

The centre, which will provide varied activities for those with Alzheimer's Disease or other conditions as well as providing respite for carers, is the fourth centre opened by Bromley Mind in the area.

Rose Hawkins turned to MindCare after caring for her sister on her own for three years. She said: "I wasn't sure at first because Maisie is a very quiet person. Two years down the line, Maisie loves her 'club'.

"The ladies at MindCare are so helpful and nothing is too much trouble. I have two days every week to do whatever I like and just that little bit of freedom makes all the difference."

The centres are part of the MindCare Direct initiative launched by the charity's patron Lord Nicholas Windsor, in 2007 and are open to council funded clients as well as those who have direct payments or are self-funding.

For more information, call 020 8663 0499 or go to www.bromleymind.org.uk.

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