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New Integrated Service in Swindon

24 January 2018 The success of our Dementia Conference last year – ‘Remembering the ‘Me’ in Dementia’, gave us the opportunity to open dialogue between all of the agencies in Swindon whom have a part in looking after people with dementia, and helped us to identify the lack of resources for older adults and their Carers in the Swindon community. We are launching a brand new service for Adults in Swindon over 65 with a functional mental illness or adults of any age with an organic mental illness and their Carers. Working alongside our partners at Swindon Borough Council, we are taking over the education room at Whitbourne House Care Home to run an Adult Resource Centre; ARC. We are starting the service by running a weekly Carers Café with advice, and tea afternoons on a Tuesday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, where we will offer an inviting and cosy atmosphere for Carers to drop in for a cuppa, to offload share their problems and gain advice from professionals. This will include advice regarding medication, financial support and benefits. We are also beginning a Community Group for service users on a Thursday morning from 10am to 12.30pm. This will be a social session where service users can meet others who may have similar symptoms and where they can talk issues through with their fellow service users and professionals. The aim of the group is to support patients to remain independent. Plans for the future include, a Dementia Day Centre (one day per week), exercise and mental health, training for care home staff, domiciliary care staff and more. We are committed to support older adults with a mental illness and their Carers live well in their community. For more information please contact a member of the Complex Intervention and Treatment Team (CITT) on 01793327800 or email awp.arc@nhs.net   Ahead of launch,we have organised a grand opening where there will be afternoon tea, a chance to meet the team and to see the new ARC on: Tuesday 13 February, at The Arc – adjacent to Whitbourne House Care Home, Whitbourne Avenue, Swindon, SN3 2JX Please contact Sara Ross or Michele Curr to let us know if you would be able to attend on (01793)327800 or email us on: awp.arc@nhs.net Be aware that there is limited parking on site and as the Care Home is where their residents live, can we please ask attendees to park in the adjacent streets or in the car park at Cavendish Square which is 200 metres further down Whitbourne Avenue on the right

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