Dementia Friends

Flowers on the Cobbles proprietor Helen Williams

Hays Travel Sandbach office manager Rachel Ball

Market Tavern

Steven D Morris Opticians

Jacqui Green (left) and Jo Pointon (right) just after receiving their Dementia Friends badges in Morris’ opticians.

Waitrose Sandbach

The Waitrose supermarket in Sandbach is the latest store to be recognised for their support to make Sandbach dementia friendly. To celebrate this, the ‘Working to become Dementia Friendly 2020-2021’ logo was handed over to Deputy Manager Gennaro D’Ambrosio for display in the store itself.

Lyndsey Fountain (Waitrose store partner and Dementia Friend) (left), Linda and Neil McKellar (DFS steering group) (rear) and Gennaro D’Ambrosio (Waitrose store deputy manager) (right).

Spall Clark Solicitors

Paul Clark (left) and Dave Whitworth (right) handing over the Dementia Friends badge outside Sandbach Town Hall.

Unity Methodist Church Sandbach

Jeremy Tresise (left) receiving the dementia friendly sticker from Neil McKellar (centre) and Bill Thompson (right)

Unity Methodist Church Sandbach Recognised as Dementia Friendly

The Unity Methodist Church Sandbach, based in Wesley Avenue, has been formally recognised for their work to make Sandbach dementia friendly. To celebrate this, the ‘Working to become Dementia Friendly 2020-2021’ logo was handed over to minister Rev. Jeremy Tresise at the most recent dementia friendly coffee morning held at the Wesley Centre on Saturday 15th January 2022. The dementia friendly coffee mornings are run on the third Saturday every month by Unity Methodist Church and the Rotary Club of Sandbach Crosses.

Rotarian Dave Whitworth, Chair of Dementia Friendly Sandbach, explained ‘The Church has been one of our main partners from the beginning of setting up Dementia Friendly Sandbach and this recognition is long overdue. The final piece in the jigsaw was an audit of the Wesley Centre as a dementia friendly venue. This was originally planned before the pandemic but in the end was conducted in November. A number of findings, primarily to improve signage, were accepted by the church and have since been implemented.’

Bill Thompson and Neil McKellar presented the sticker as members of the Dementia Friendly Sandbach steering group. Bill said ‘Thank you for all the work you and your colleagues have done to support us and make us feel welcome’. Neil noted that the grab rail added to the Chapel Street entrance was also a welcome addition.

Minister Jeremy Tresise replied ‘Thank you for this. Having you coming regularly to our Saturday coffee mornings, not just the monthly dementia friendly ones, has really enriched our congregation and added to the fellowship.’