ORGANISATIONS that help the deaf and those with dementia have been awarded a cash boost from our Helping Hand fund.
The Bury Free Press, with the aid of St Edmund’s Wheel, gives grants to local projects and this month both Age UK Suffolk’s Links Daycare Centre for people suffering from dementia and The Deaf Centre have received £500.
Age UK Suffolk’s Links Daycare Centre provides a place for those suffering from dementia to go and take part in activities, games and events.
The charity was nominated by volunteer Jean Skelly, who said: “I am amazed by the care the members receive and the marvellous atmosphere created by the staff – each person is treated with dignity and respect and they respond to this.
“Speaking to the relatives they all say that their partner or parent is so much better when they come out – they are in a lighter mood than when they went in.”
The £500 donation will be used by the charity to provide entertainment and possibly a trip to the Museum of East Anglian Life.
The group often has musicians visit to perform and senior daycare assistant Lynn Bennington said the residents really responded to this.
A grant of £500 was also awarded to the Deaf Centre, Northgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, which offers those suffering with all degrees of hearing difficulties with help and advice, as well as a place to socialise.
Ivan Frost, who uses the centre, explained why it is such an important resource: “There’s nowhere else for us to go in town It’s a nice place to meet people – you do not have to be deaf, we would like more hearing people.”
The centre is also the only venue in West Suffolk that offers nationally recognised qualifications in British Sign Language.
Administrator Paula Jeffery said: “We do not receive any grants from anywhere – we raise our own funds. The money will be spent on the day to day running of the centre – we really would like enough funds for a paid administrator.”