December 18 2017

Men and women living with dementia who like making things and working with tools will be able to get stuck in at our first Memory Shed from the end of January. 

The weekly Wednesday afternoon meetings at Brunel Shed in Corsham will allow people to work on practical projects supported by trained volunteers.

The group is a partnership between Alzheimer's Support and the Brunel Shed, pictured above, which already holds its own twice-weekly meetings at the shed.

Projects planned for the new dementia-friendly group include making bird boxes, memory boxes, wooden animals and, in the spring, raised flower beds. Members will also be supported to work on their own chosen projects.

Corsham Health and Wellbeing group is supporting the initiative and has given funds to buy specially adapted tools that are easier and safer to use. 

Alzheimer's Support Community Services Manager Sarah Marriott said: "We are so excited about this group and thrilled with the support we have had from the Corsham community. The people involved in the Brunel Shed have got behind us and have been really helpful. They are even providing some volunteers to support our group. 

"People living with dementia can often have great practical knowledge and experience and get a real sense of achievement when they can put those skills to use. The group will also be a social outlet for people affected by dementia and their carers who can work alongside each other in a friendly group setting."

The first meeting will be on January 24. Call 01380 739055 or email Sarah to find out more.