Hunter Valley resident Ern Alchin is one of many locals commemorating ten years since Dementia Australia’s Hunter Dementia and Memory Centre first opened its doors.
The Former President of Belmont Rotary and Valentine Men’s Probus, who is living with dementia, shared in the ‘cutting of the cake’ on Tuesday 10 April with his wife Heather as they came together with clients, volunteers and staff to celebrate the decade the Dementia and Memory Centre has been servicing the local community.
Dementia Australia Manager Client Services Barbra Williams said it was a special day for everyone involved with the Dementia and Memory Centre, especially Ern who was instrumental in helping to establish the centre which has helped thousands of local residents impacted by dementia over the past decade.
“Ern as President of the Hunter Network gathered support and a lobby group of carers who raised funds to establish a local centre in the Hunter,” Ms Williams said.
“During the 10 years the centre has been in operation it has provided counselling, education for people living with dementia, carers and professionals, social and support groups, community outreach through the Memory Van and the centre itself has a comprehensive dementia specific library.
“Today, the centre provides counselling, support groups, café groups, social groups, resources, education sessions, Younger Onset Dementia (YOD) Keyworker Program and community awareness to the Hunter and Central Coast community members impacted by dementia.
“We thank everyone who has helped to make the centre what it is today. From the fundraisers who, led by Ern, obtained the initial funding and community support all those years ago, to the volunteer groundsmen who keep our gardens looking so beautiful today – thank you.
“We look forward to continuing to provide our services to the local community for many years to come.”
CONGRATULATIONS WHAT A GREAT CENTRE, WORTH A VISIT. STAFF HELPFUL,CURTIOUS AND WILL WELCOME YOU.