Inspirational is not a word automatically associated with dementia day care, but carers and professionals alike have used it to describe the thoughtful, person-centred and uplifting world of the Mill Street Club.

The club follows our trademark formula of small group activities, a relaxed informal atmosphere and high staff ratios allowing everyone to follow their own preferences.

Members are joined at least twice a week by therapy whippets Higby and Dottie and by a rota of volunteer dogs on other days. 

Indoor garden

The spacious, purpose designed club is  thoughtfully laid out with members' art on the walls, a snooker/table tennis table and an indoor garden area (complete with water feature) which provides a quiet space and allows members to experience more natural surroundings.  

No two days are the same at Mill Street, where recent activities have included art therapy, weaving, cookery, board games, reminiscence therapy including using the club's iPad, dance, poetry and prose and a wide range of visitors from the local community. The club uses its prime position to forge close links with the local community and has recently started a partnership with a local primary school, meaning that youngsters are frequent visitors.

Mill Street is open from 9.45am to 3.45pm five days a week, for up to ten members at time. 

It is overseen by Head of Day Care Services, Grant Newton, who was shortlisted for UK Dementia Care Manager of the Year in 2016, with manager Jill Mitchener (Tuesday to Friday).

They are supported by highly experienced support workers and a committed team of trained volunteers.

To find out more or to arrange to visit please contact 01225 775023 or email Mill Street Club

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What they say:

I wanted to let you know how much mum is enjoying the Mill Street Club on Sundays. She can't wait to go and comes home singing each week.

Simply the most wonderful place with the most fantastic staff! Our dad's life has been enriched by his time spent at the Mill Street Club

I want to thank you & all the fabulous volunteers for the help, support and enjoyment that you have given mum over recently months & years. I've certainly appreciated  it and I'm sure that Mum did too.

It feels a truly inspirational and friendly place.  I especially loved the dog greeting me!