Grant to help farmers with dementia

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THE Farming Life Centre is opening its doors to individuals with early stage dementia and their carers thanks to a £5,879 HealthCalm grant, funded by the Health Lottery.

Fortnightly sessions are held at the centre in Blackwell near Bakewell, with the next on August 9, and include a programme of guest speakers, reminiscence and activities.

The sessions are called IN TANDEM because the project focuses on the importance of individuals and their carers being supported together.

Julia Cook, Manager of the Centre said: “It’s a unique project because we’re meeting the needs of carers too, offering much needed respite. Carers can take time out using the farm as a base for walking, gardening or chatting with other carers or joining in the organised sessions.”

If you, or someone you know from the local rural community want to join the sessions call Julia on 01298 85162 or go to www.thefarminglifecentre.org.uk for more information.