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Tea party shows support for Dementia Action Week

​People with a diagnosis of dementia, their carers and NHS staff showed their support for Dementia Action Week by attending a tea party held near Lowestoft.

The event was held in Poppies Café at Carlton Court Hospital, Carlton Colville, a unit run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) which provides dementia services.

It was attended by about 20 people with dementia or memory loss and carers with links to the ward at Carlton Court, the older persons’ community team and the memory clinic.

NSFT staff baked cakes and joined in the fun at yesterday afternoon’s tea party, which was also attended by Valerie Cadmore, an information worker from the Alzheimer’s Society, and Jonny Hawes, a dementia navigator with the charity Sue Ryder, who supports people affected by dementia in the Waveney area.

Dementia Action Week runs 20 - 26 May and unites people, workplaces, schools and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia.

Catherine Phillips, NSFT’s Carers Lead for Waveney, said: “The Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging everyone to take action in Dementia Action Week by starting a conversation and we could think of no better way of doing that than a tea party.

“It was also an opportunity to give carers a break, to get them out of their homes so that they could gather together and have some support.

“It was such a positive event and, as well as service users and carers, staff from across every team at Carlton Court took part.

“Staff baked so many cakes that we had enough left over to hold a tea party on the ward at the unit.”

Maria Harris, Operational Manager for Older People’s Services at Carlton Court Hospital, said the tea party showed NSFT’s commitment for meaningful engagement with carers and families and its intention to work closely with partner organisations.

“The tea party brought all of our teams and interested parties together to share information and to listen to the needs of carers and families to ensure we are meeting their needs,” she said.

“We’re supporting people in their place of residence – their own home or care home – taking our services to them rather than admitting them inappropriately, which can be stressful and disruptive and often not in the individual’s best interests. We constantly review our work and change our service to meet any unmet needs.”

Mr Hawes said: "The afternoon tea event continues to show the partnership working between Sue Ryder and NSFT when supporting people affected by dementia. 

“It enabled people to meet and to gain support from others in similar circumstances to themselves, as well as information and support from professionals".

* For more information about accessing support and information from the Sue Ryder - Dementia Together service, visit or call 08081 688000.

Caption: Service user Tony Lincoln and his wife Brenda with Maria Harris, Operational Manager for Older People's Services at Carlton Court Hospital, at yesterday’s tea party.

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