Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Centre Offers Caring Service

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Centre Offers Caring Service

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A new pounds 2.6m centre has been opened by the Duchess of Northumberland for people with dementia, older people with mental health problems and their carers.

The Bradbury Centre in Brunswick, Newcastle, was opened by the duchess, a patron of the Dementia Care Partnership (DCP).

It has taken three years to build the centre, which incorporates best practice and focuses on social, leisure and learning opportunities ( promoting independence and well-being.

The duchess said: "I am delighted to open the Bradbury Centre, which is at the cutting edge in dementia care in Newcastle. It's good to hear the centre's design and its facilities came about as a result of DCP taking a holistic approach by focusing on the whole family and taking on board their suggestions. It will make a big difference to their lives.

"I'm impressed with the services on offer which are attractive to people of all ages and wish DCP every success in this venture."

Many of the centre's facilities are available to the community. It incorporates a restaurant which has proved successful with locals and offers a variety of meals, including Sunday lunches, which are competitively priced.

There is also a breast-feeding clinic and a mothers' and toddlers' group, which rents a room each week. Not only can they enjoy lunch in friendly surroundings, but having babies and young children in the centre gives so much pleasure to older clients.

The three activity rooms provide opportunities for music, dancing, joinery and indoor bowls, as well as quieter pursuits including flower arranging, watercolour painting, yoga, reading, sewing and embroidery.

Also, there are many outside activities, including golf, swimming, rambling and gardening.

The training and conference facility provides in-house and external training, with rooms also available for hire. …

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