7th October 2019

The Old Silk Works Day Club in Warminster has been shortlisted for a national award. The club is a finalist in the Best Dementia Interior category at the national Dementia Care Awards.

Everyone at Alzheimer's Support is so proud of the club which staff, volunteers and members of the community converted from a run-down industrial building and has now become such an important part of so many people's lives. Whatever the outcome, and The Old Silk Works is up against some big national care homes, it is wonderful to have the club's design and interiors recognised. The look and feel of Old Silk Works is the work of many hands - not least of club members themselves!

Head of Day Care Grant Newton said: “We are thrilled that The Old Silk Works has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. It was a long-cherished dream of ours to bring Day Care to Warminster and the club was full to capacity after just three months. Families have repeatedly told us about the positive changes in their relative’s mood and abilities and the interior of the club plays a big part in that.”

The design of the Old Silk Works aimed to provide a light, airy and comfortable space with an emphasis on normality and modernity which helps club members feel they are part of an extended happy family.

The layout is open, social and flexible – with a variety of armchairs and tables and chairs for members to gather round and talk or enjoy various activities. There’s also an open plan kitchen where members can see their meals being prepared and can help out, if they want to. Resident therapy dogs, Higby and Dottie, wander around freely and add to the informal family atmosphere. Music, chosen by members and ranging across the decades, is played at an ambient level on four-way speakers.

While there’s lots of chat, laughter and entertainment, there are also some quiet spots – the indoor garden and lounge – where members can chill out for as long as they want while still feeling part of the club.

Regular attendance at the Old Silk Works helps keep members in their own homes for longer as it helps them to retain skills such as making their own toast, and provides essential respite for families.

The winners of the award will be announced in November.