Alzheimer’s Society staff gave a warm welcome to Kent County Councillor Eric Hotson at the Grand Opening of their expanded premises in Maidstone on Friday, 11 November.
After several years of sharing their premises at Dairy Court, Linton Road, The Alzheimer’s Society has now been able to expand and occupy the whole building, providing new kitchen facilities and an additional lounge.
Over afternoon tea and cakes, staff, volunteers and service users described to Mr Hotson the difference these new facilities would make to the enjoyment of their sessions at Dairy Court.
Art work produced by service users and collected over several years now takes pride of place in the new lounge, which is beautifully light and open and furnished with brightly coloured chairs and sofas provided through the KCC Combined Members’ Grant several years’ ago.
Mr Hotson has been a keen supporter of the work of the Alzheimer’s Society in Maidstone, providing funding through his KCC Combined Member Grant to support a variety of group sessions for people living with dementia and their carers.
This year Mr Hotson has supported a ‘Singing for the Brain’ programme which encourages communication and opportunities to talk to other people.
Katie Antill, Services Manager at the centre said: “We are so grateful for the support of Eric Hotson and the other Kent County Councillors, particularly through the use of their Members Grants scheme.
“This funding has enabled us to provide additional facilities and activities that have made a huge difference to the lives of people living with dementia and their families”.