Christchurch Rotary in Dorset is the latest Rotary club to have forged close links with dementia awareness.
They recently presented a cheque for £5,000 to the Christchurch Dementia Friendly Community Alliance following a presentation from the Rev Sandra Prudom, Chair of the Christchurch Community Partnership, and Lydia Brown, Programme Manager for the Christchurch Dementia Friendly Community Alliance.
After a very engaging, interactive session, Christchurch Rotary Club can now proudly say that they are working to become a dementia friendly organisation through a new level of understanding of the condition.
Rotarians Easing the Problems of Dementia (REPoD) is an over-arching organisation which works alongside Rotary clubs in Great Britain and Ireland offering practical support for families living with dementia and in social isolation.
They work closely with Alzheimer’s Research UK and Dementia UK and also maintain a directory of memory cafes based on information supplied by Rotary clubs.
Christchurch Rotary have been splashing the cash. They have also presented £300 to Liz Carter, Project Manager of the charity The Waterlily Project at the Water Lily Cafe in Christchurch.
The project supports vulnerable women in crisis, helping them to rebuild their lives and offering one-to-one support, training in life skills, education, and a weekly free meal and get together at the Water Lily Cafe. Activities also include arts and crafts sessions.
The donation from Christchurch Rotary will go towards buying two tablet computers which will be specifically used to allow women to prepare their CV’s, access forms online and search for career moves, together with generally acting as an education resource.
The project supports vulnerable women in crisis, helping them to rebuild their lives.”
And the club presented a cheque for £100 to the Rev Sandra Prudom in support of the Gift of a Meal Project, a scheme sponsored by Christchurch Community Partnership.
This scheme provides £5 meal vouchers to needy and homeless people in Christchurch. The vouchers can be exchanged for a meal in a number of catering establishments in Christchurch, CCP and other local charities such as The Waterlily Project monitor voucher distribution.
The cheque from the Christchurch club will provide 20 meals to those in need!