Care worker’s plea for dementia support

By Lewis Evans

A Sheffield care home worker is seeking to expand a dementia support group.

Tracy King, aged 51, an activities co-ordinator at Hallamshire Care Home, set up the group as she thought there were not enough opportunities available to help people suffering with dementia.

Mrs King is seeking to raise awareness of the group, which aims to offer support and a social environment to both carers and those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

The group runs on every third Tuesday of the month, between 1-3pm, and can be found at the Parlour Café, inside the Sheffield Jesus Centre, which is located in Broomhall.

Mrs King said: “Even if people only want to come down for a cake and a coffee then that’s fine.

“We’re here to provide as little or as much support as necessary and it’s up to people how they decide to use our services.

“It’s a shame that the group hasn’t really got off the ground yet, as I believe it is something that may be of interest to the public due to there not being a huge amount of alternative options available.

“We’re providing a safe and secure environment for carers who feel they don’t really have anywhere suitable to take those suffering from dementia.

“We’re also looking for volunteers who may be interested in getting involved as increased attendance will inevitably require more sets of helping hands.”

If you’re interested in attending the group sessions, volunteering or simply want to find out more, then contact Tracy King at 07967 309730 or tracyelizabethking@outlook.com.

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