Turning St Neots’ community into Dementia Friends


The team at The Hillings residential home is on a mission to help turn the St Neots and Eaton Socon communities into ‘Dementia Friends’, by hosting a number of free Dementia Friends sessions.


The ‘Dementia Friends Information Sessions’ are being held to help people understand more about dementia and how they can help those living with the condition. Dementia Friends is an initiative that originated through the Alzheimer’s Society to raise greater awareness and understanding of dementia.


Led by manager of The Hillings, Deb Wiltshire, the classes have so far taken place at The Hillings itself, in addition to McNish Court, which is a supported living service in Eaton Socon, and at St Neots’ Methodist Church.  Two further sessions are taking place, with the next one being at The Hillings on Grenville Way in Eaton Socon, on Tuesday 10 April at 2pm.  The one-hour session includes light refreshments.


Confirms Deb Wiltshire: “The Dementia Friends sessions are going really well. At McNish Court, everyone was so warm and really engaged with the session, contributing and really wanting to understand just how we can help people to live well with dementia.  My colleague Tracey Morris joined me and we did a few group exercises, which everyone joined in. 


It’s only an hour but in that time you’ll learn a great deal, while also getting the chance to meet like-minded people. We really are focused on making our community Dementia Friends and openly encourage as many people as possible to get involved – everyone is very welcome.”


The next sessions are scheduled for Tuesday 10th April at 2pm-3pm; and Wednesday 9th May at 10.30am-11.30am at The Hillings Residential Care Home in Grenville Way, Eaton Socon, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 8HZ.



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