Landmark dementia centre planned

Landmark dementia centre planned

Planners have approved Wiltshire charity Alzheimer’s Support‘s innovative Dementia Centre in Warminster.

The charity will start building work to convert The Old Silk Works in Beech Road into a day club and resource centre to open early next year.

The Victorian building will have a day club on its first floor, accessed by a new entrance bridge, a weekly art group and other activity groups, dementia advisers, and staff who run a network of community activities across South West Wiltshire. The charity is already looking for a manager for the new club. A tranquil garden will be created at the side of the building.

Volunteers spent a day clearing the first floor – filling an industrial-sized skip with the debris.

Chief executive Babs Harris said: “Our new centre will transform opportunities for people affected by dementia in Warminster and the surrounding area, and for family carers. We are incredibly proud of the high-quality day care we provide elsewhere in Wiltshire, and delighted to bring our award-winning blend of meaningful activities, informality and support to this wonderful new setting.

“We have had great deal of help from many people in Warminster and are looking forward to working with the community to create something really special.”

Bernice Robbins, who cared for her late husband with dementia and now volunteers as Warminster’s Carers’ Champion, said: “This is excellent news. We have needed something like this in the area for a very long time. It will make an enormous difference to people who have dementia, to those looking after them and to the many who will, sadly, be affected in the future.”

Chris Lusty, who runs product and design business on the ground floor of The Old Silk Works and represents the landlord, said the scheme would help revitalize the small industrial site off Beech Road. He said: “One of the key drivers for us has been to open up the site, make it a great place to work and develop more of a sense of community. The project to incorporate Alzheimer’s Support has blossomed into an extraordinary project and with the investment of time from some really talented people.”

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