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Washington Rotary members swing into community action

Washington Rotary members swing into community action

Rotary members in Washington in Tyne and Wear have become involved in two worthwhile community projects helping people with dementia.

One of the causes which Rotary Washington supported from their recent golf tournament was the Delirium and Dementia Outreach Team based at Sunderland’s Royal Hospital.

The team supports patients with or at risk of cognitive difficulties, such as dementia and delirium.

Situated at the Alexandra Centre, the team provides carers and staff with information, education and specialist input to the wards.

Neil McConie, from Rotary Washington, said that the club was delighted to present a cheque for £400 to elder life specialist practitioners, Claire Boylan and Chris Cairns.

This followed the successful charity golf day in the north-east at Boldon Golf Club when the Washington Rotary members also gave £400 to the charity Changing Lives.

The Alexandra Delirium Outreach Team at Sunderland Royal are all doing magnificent work. Rotary Washington is delighted to have chosen this centre as one of their causes to support”

Changing Lives looks after ex-servicemen helping them to adjust to life back in the community.

“At the Alexandra Centre, they provide diagnostic and therapeutic treatment, as well as physical and mental assessment of patients,” Neil said.

“The team operate an holistic approach when assessing their patient.”

Neil said they were impressed with the service provided, including using music as a means of stimulation and with an emphasis on speech therapy.

“The Alexandra Delirium Outreach Team at Sunderland Royal are all doing magnificent work,” he added.

“Rotary Washington is delighted to have chosen this centre as one of their causes to support.”

Posted by Rotary Club Of Washington on Sunday, 10 June 2018

Meanwhile, Rotary Washington has also just started a memory café, at Miss Tina’s Coffee Shop in Barmston Village Centre in Washington.

They receive support from Michael Ganley at the Sunderland Football Museum, who brings along medals and other memorabilia to stimulate those with an interest in the sport.

The memory café meets on the second Thursday of the month, with Rotary members helping out with musical entertainment, as well as organising games of skittles and discussions.

Michael is also directly involved with the railway museum at Monkwearmouth in Tyne and Wear, which provides a further focus for historical memories.

 

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