Have you heard about the Bluebells Day Centre in Henley? It provides activities and care for people suffering with Dementia and related disabilities. Dementia can be a very isolating condition, importantly the Bluebells Day Centre provides a chance for atttendees to engage socially.
Bluebells Day Centre also provides Respite Care to allow those who care for people with Dementia to have a little much needed time to themsleves.
The Bluebells Day Centre was run by AgeUK for 20 years, however in 2018 it was one of six out of eight clubs earmarked for closure following cuts by Oxfordshire County Council. Staff, families and attendees were devastated by the loss of the service. There was a real need in Henley for the provision of services for people suffering with dementia.
The Bluebells Day Centre was re-established as an independent charity and opened its doors again on April 25th, 2019. The project to replace the Bluebells Community Club was led by Henley Mayor, Councillor Glen Lambert and supported by many others. The new Bluebells Day Centre charity is one of the Mayor’s three charities for his mayoral year.
The Co-ordinator for the Bluebells service is Gardiner’s Care Worker, Suri Poulos.
Bluebells is open every Thursday from 10:30 to 15:30 at the Christ Church Centre, 46 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1AG.
A cooked lunch is provided by the Christ Church Centre.
Bluebells works closely with the Henley Handybus and may be able to provide transportation to the Day Centre if required.
“Dementia is among the cruellest of conditions, slowly robbing a person of everything that makes them who they are. Day Centres, like Bluebells, are of enormous benefit to people suffering with dementia and to the carers who look after them. That we are now able to provide this service in Henley once again, is something we can all be proud of.”
Glen Lambert, Mayor of Henley-on-Thames