Lively Christmas Carol Concert

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Salvation Army Church in Crescent Road, Worthing hosted the annual Christmas Carol Concert organised by the Worthing Alzheimer's Society and the Worthing Town Cryers. The annual event was very well-attended and performed by people with dementia and their carers who actively participated in the planning of the programme and the choice of content.

The Alzheimers Society and the Salvation Army provide dementia services for people living with dementia and respite for their carers. It was really enlightening to see everyone staying behind for refreshments and an impromptu sing-along in the Christmas Cafe.

The carols were supported by the excellent Salvation Army Band and the audience was treated to poetry, Christmas readings and a couple of comedic Christmas items by the Double Js (Jacob and Julie).

Frances Usher-Smith, Dementia Matron from Worthing and Chichester hospitals took a few moments to explain their recent initiatives on the wards which had been well received. Visiting hours have been extended from 10 am to 10 pm. Carers staying with their loved ones with dementia are given the option of joining them for a meal which helps with the patients routine and means that carers going home don't have to worry about cooking a meal for themselves when they have been at a bedside all day. In addition, carers can ask the ward about parking if they are at the hospital for long periods of time.

Sally Honey from Southdown Leisure also spoke about their ongoing plans to make all 500 of their staff Dementia Friends and their provision for sports such as Walking Football, Walking Netball and gardening which are run by dementia friendly staff who are keen for everyone to participate.

Thanks also to St Andrew's High School for Boys, Worthing Dementia Action Alliance, all the volunteers, Tim Wilkins, Major Marian Parker and of course the Worthing Town Cryers for such as special carol concert. We look forward to next years.

We have a long tradition of supporting people living with dementia and their carers.

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