Alresford Rotary talk by Lisa Munro Manager of the Alresford Day Care Centre

At our Monday 25th November meeting we were treated to a talk by Lisa Munro who is
the Manager of the Alresford Day Care Centre run by Age Concern Hampshire. Lisa
explained that the centre operates two days a week and it caters for both the physically
and mentally frail. Lisa runs the Alresford centre and she comes to the organisation from
a nursing background and in addition benefits from having experience in caring for
dementia sufferers.
Those using the service are either self-funding or have assistance from the welfare
system. Members benefit from being looked after by fully trained, professional and
friendly staff, dementia specialist support, a two course hot lunch (the variety and quality
of which sounds delicious) and access to transport if required. In addition there are social
activities and outings arranged, access to free information and advice, and affordable foot
care.
The attendance of Members at the Centre not only benefits themselves but also gives
essential respite for carers and/or family. It is said that the carer probably benefits more
from the service than do the Members so it is a double edged sword in the caring world.
Lisa ended her presentation with a specific request that we help funding the purchase of
an iPad or similar to aid with the activities enjoyed at the Centre. On behalf of Alresford
Rotary, Rotarian Andrew Frearson presented a cheque for £100 and President Stephen
Pinch suggested that should a further approach for specific funding be made, we would
try to look at it favourably.
The evening concluded with the usual vote of thanks.

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