Anne Parsons has received The Dementia Carer award at The Hereford Times Annual Health and Social Care Awards. Anne was the only award winner who is a volunteer and comes from an organisation entirely run by volunteers.

She received this award in recognition of the tremendous work she has undertaken to set up and develop the Ross Meeting Centre at Christ Church.

The citation states:

"Making sure people with dementia live an interesting and stimulating life is what drives Anne and her management of the Meeting Centre at Ross-on-Wye. She is innovatve and has organised a wide range of activities for everyone to take part in including circus skills, Hawk Eye moths and karaoke."

The Ross Meeting Centre is based on a model of dementia care used in Holland for several years and piloted in Leominster and Droitwich in the UK.

The aim is for those with mild to moderate dementia to socialise and participate with their carers in a variety of activities, including mental and physical exercise, reminiscence, crafts, song and music, outings and preparing lunch which will be shared in the group.

In addition carers will have the benefit of socialising with other carers, as well as the opportunity on occasion to meet health care professionals and others who may be able to support them in their caring role.

The Ross Meeting Centre is supported by the doctors of Alton Street and Pendeen Surgeries and the Community Dementia Nurses (2G), as well as the Ross Mental Health Steering Group.

More details are here.

Anne and John at the award ceremony