Minerva House Care Services in Horden has recently received a grant of £1000 from Persimmon Homes to work with unpaid carers of people living with Dementia in the East of Durham.
The Persimmon Community Champions fund gives donations of up to £1000 every month to charities and local groups who have managed to raise some funds themselves.
Minerva House is a specialist dementia centre in Horden that is run by local, Hartlepool based charity, the Hospital of God. The centre provides day opportunities for people living with dementia; people can come and enjoy a hot meal, socialise with others who have similar interests, take part in stimulating and meaningful activities and enjoy trips out to local places of interest.
In addition to providing support for people living with dementia, Minerva House also provides a free Carer Support Service for unpaid carers living in the local area. Tracey Irving, Carer Support Worker at Minerva House explains:
“Our Carer Support Service is offered free of charge to any unpaid carer of a person living with dementia in East Durham. We offer a one to one service that is really tailored for the individuals’ need. People can get advice on practical issues such as choosing the right care home, or making sure you are claiming the correct benefits or can even just come and have a chat and offload. We also provide regular group activities for carers who want to meet other people who are in a similar situation to themselves. These are informal sessions where everyone can get together and just enjoy some social time and respite from their role.
Unpaid carers can often be forgotten about and just left to cope in their roles, without any outside support or anyone to speak to. The grant from Persimmon is hugely appreciated and will help to provide some extra activities and outings for our carers, giving them more opportunities to meet other people and know that they are not alone.”
If you want to know more about Minerva House, or the Carer Support Service, contact Caroline Robinson, East Durham Coordinator, on 0191 5810880 or firstname.lastname@example.org.