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Honours for Alzheimer’s group and individual volunteers
12:00pm Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
ALZHEIMER’S Support has taken the top prize in the fourth annual Wiltshire Adult Social Care Awards for its work in Devizes.
The Sidmouth Club won the dignity in care category and winner of winners awards at the ceremony, which took place at County Hall in Trowbridge.
Wiltshire Council launched the awards to recognise the outstanding contributions made by carers throughout the county every year, with this year’s celebration taking place on September 17.
The Sidmouth Club, based in Sidmouth Street, tries to make life as normal as possible for people with dementia, tailoring activities to their interests and past experiences.
Club manager Grant Newton said: “It was amazing to just win the dignity in care award, but to win the overall award was incredible and the whole team was really happy.
“We are quite unusual because we keep it on a very small, human level and there are never more than eight members a day at the club.
“We are also very well supported by the community and have many people and businesses providing entertainment for members. It’s lovely to have the job we do validated and the awards have given everyone a real boost.
“We are blessed to have such a great organisation in Alzheimer’s Support giving us the backing to run the club.”
Elsewhere there was also recognition for volunteer Mary Grist who has helped out at the Southfield Day Centre, in Devizes, for 35 years.
She won the outstanding contribution to social care award, jointly with Leslie Williams who has run The Old Vicarage care home in St Mary Street, Chippenham, with his wife Yvonne since 1990. At the age of 71, three of his guests are older than him.
Mr Williams has held the voluntary role of deputy chairman and then chairman of the Wiltshire Care Homes Association for 20 years.
Mrs Grist, 86, of The Moorlands, Devizes, said: “It was amazing to win an award as when I was invited I had no idea that I was likely to win anything, so it came as a complete surprise when they read out my name.
“I love going to Southfield and helping other people and I didn’t even realise how long I have been doing it for until someone told me. It was a lovely evening and it was nice to see others pick up awards.”
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