A pioneering new dementia service has been launched in Manchester. Named the ‘EachStep Club’, the service uses arts, creativity and reminiscence to transform the lives of people living with dementia.
The launch of the new arts-based dementia day care service, which is being held in partnership between reminiscence charity, Age Exchange, and national social care charity, Community Integrated Care, took place at Community Integrated Care’s award-winning, dementia specialist care home, EachStep Blackley in North Manchester.
The ‘EachStep Club’ launch was attended by people living with dementia, their carers and families, arts professionals from the local area, and colleagues from both Age Exchange and Community Integrated Care. Guests participated in a fascinating group activity session using creative approaches to engage people living with dementia.
“In two weeks’ time, we will have up to 30 people enrolled on the service, making friends and becoming a part of the community they’re in,” said Rebecca Packwood, CEO of Age Exchange. “Over the next 18 months that’s going to be 8,000 hours of support for carers and for people with dementia who otherwise would have been isolated at home.”
“This innovative initiative is ground-breaking and will change lives by bringing people together – we can’t wait for in 6 months’ time to see the joy on people’s faces for being a part of this club.”