New service planned for Dementia suffers

Christine Beard (right) chatting to Yvonne Price from BIA

Christine Beard (right) chatting to Yvonne Price from BIA

When it comes health and social issues relating to the Irish community here, it is always good to share ideas between service users and those involved in community care.

One serious health aspect involving the Irish in Britain is the increasing number of people being diagnosed with Dementia. The Birmingham Irish Association based at St. Anne’s Centre in Digbeth is hoping to provide support for Dementia suffers and their families when a new care centre opens at St. Anne’s in January 2016.

Yvonne Price from BIA on the riverside patio at St Patrick’s Club with Michael McGarvey (left) club president and Brian Thurlow, club chairman

Yvonne Price from BIA on the riverside patio at St Patrick’s Club with Michael McGarvey (left) club president and Brian Thurlow, club chairman

BIA’s Support worker Yvonne Price recently visited St Patrick’s Club in Leamington Spa, where she discussed various issues including Dementia care with club committee members including Christine Beard, who with her volunteer team runs the Tuesday Luncheon Club.

St Patrick’s Club is one of the most successful Irish venues in this country, having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. In all those years the club has never suffered from any financial problems.

Over the years there has been several exchange social visits between the Tuesday Luncheon Club in Leamington and the Tuesday Club in Birmingham, which is based at the Irish Centre in Digbeth under the auspices of Birmingham Irish Association.