New Dementia Centre opens at St Anne’s, Digbeth

Yvonne Price, who played a key role is setting up the new Dementia Centre puts up the Irish flags to add that Cead Mile Failte setting to the new unit.

Yvonne Price, who played a key role is setting up the new Dementia Centre puts up the Irish flags to add that Cead Mile Failte setting to the new unit.

Following months of careful planning, a new Dementia Care Centre has now opened at St Anne`s Centre in Digbeth-under the auspices of Birmingham Irish Association.

The Dementia Centre, which will care for members of the Irish community in the Birmingham area is believed to be one of the first dedicated units of it’s kind in this country.

Wall mural in St Anne`s Centre-an appropriate title for the new Dementia Centre

Wall mural in St Anne`s Centre-an appropriate title for the new Dementia Centre

At present the Centre is open two days per week-Thursdays and Fridays from 10am-3pm but in the coming months other opening days will be added to the existing service.

Yvonne Price, whose Irish roots include Kildare, co ordinates the many volunteers at BIA and was tasked with setting up the new Dementia Centre which is based in the main function room at St Anne’s. Yvonne’s hard work, dedication and skills shone through when the opening day went without a hitch.

BIA`s Dementia Care staff and volunteers pictured at the new unit-  Yvonne and Shelley Elliott, Martin Roche, Mary Hoare, Carmel Holleran, Shannon Cox, Chris Jennings, Marie Waldren, Yvonne Price,  Ada Ireland, Terri Lynx , Maureen Lynch and Damien Kerley

BIA`s Dementia Care staff and volunteers pictured at the new unit- 
Yvonne and Shelley Elliott, Martin Roche, Mary Hoare, Carmel Holleran, Shannon Cox, Chris Jennings, Marie Waldren, Yvonne Price,  Ada Ireland, Terri Lynx , Maureen Lynch and Damien Kerley

Yvonne said, “We have a wonderful team of volunteers now working in the centre and quite honestly I would never have been able to achieve all this without them.”

In charge of the day to day running of the new centre is mother and daughter team Yvonne and Shelley Elliott whose Irish roots are in Dublin and Belfast.

Maurice Malone, CEO of Birmingham Irish Association, the man who dealt with the many formalities in order to establish the new Dementia unit at St Anne’s

Maurice Malone, CEO of Birmingham Irish Association, the man who dealt with the many formalities in order to establish the new Dementia unit at St Anne’s

The centre not only offers a home from home environment for Dementia sufferers but also respite for family and carers. Hot meals and refreshments are served throughout the day, special furnishings have been installed to add to the cosy atmosphere and an old style radio, cassette and CDplayer provides lots of Irish nostaglic music and song.

If clients cannot be brought by car or public transport, BIA’s Fr. Joe Taaffe Memorial mini bus can collect and return clients from their homes or care homes.

 Section of the new Dementia Centre at St Anne’s

Section of the new Dementia Centre at St Anne’s

Further details from Birmingham Irish Association on 0121 604 6111.