Widnes Vikings’ Chemics Café is a Hit with People Affected by Dementia


DSC_0191People living with dementia and their relatives had a fantastic time at Widnes Vikings and Community Integrated Care’s latest Chemics Café, enjoying a tour of the Select Security Stadium, meeting star player Gil Dudson, and receiving excellent nutritional advice.


The Chemics Café, is a unique free monthly event, which aims to support people who live with dementia and their loved ones, by giving them practical advice as well opportunities to socialise, have fun and reminisce about special Widnes Vikings moments.


On Wednesday 3 August, people with dementia and their relatives and carers enjoyed chair-based exercises with Vikings coach, Adam Daniels as well as a private tour of the stadium with club legends Eddie Cunningham, Mike O’Neil and star player Gil Dudson, who shared his rugby rituals and early memories with the group.


Gil topped off the session with a special talk on nutrition and hydration for good health, explaining how nutrition is vital for ensuring optimum performance on the pitch. Transformation and Quality Manager from Community Integrated Care, Peter Dillon, also shared his top tips on how a good diet can support living well with dementia.


Community Integrated Care’s Head of Marketing and Communications, John Hughes, said: “This was our third Chemics Café and each week, we see more new people coming along. It’s a fantastic event that always brings a smile to people’s faces. It really makes a difference to the lives of people living with dementia, and their loved ones, by coming together, having fun, receiving excellent advice and making new friends.”


Widnes Vikings star, Gil Dudson, said: “I think it’s amazing what they are doing here at the club, connecting people through rugby. It’s brilliant and I’m thrilled to have been part of today’s event.”


The next Chemics Café takes place on Wednesday 7th September at Select Security Stadium, 11am – 12.30pm. For more information go to: www.c-i-c.co.uk/chemicscafe or phone 0151 422 5374.


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