The Vyne’s coffee gathering is a thing of ‘brewty’

THE Vyne Health & Wellbeing Centre in Knaphill has welcomed the first of many coffee get togethers in support of mental health and emotional wellbeing charity Community Connections Surrey.

The gathering on Wednesday last week was, in fact, the third that has been organised since Community Connections was formed, explained Senior Officer and organiser, Steve Sansom.

“It was also the start of the 2016 programme which sees us aiming to visit four locations every month to promote our library services to all those with an association with dementia,” he said.

Local Councillors Melanie Whitehand and Saj Hussain were on hand to open the event and support the centre and its aims for the afternoon.

“Yes, a big thank you to them for supporting the event,” added Steve. “It highlights the growing precedent of dementia in many Surrey communities and the sterling work that centres, like The Vyne, do.”

The timing of the afternoon coincided with the regular meeting of an Alzheimer’s group administered by Caroline Harding, who was only too delighted to welcome some new attendees to the day’s events. Meanwhile, Steve explained that the meetings look to be a big hit in the future.

“A huge thank you to my mother in law Fran who made a delicious cake,” praised Steve. “All the cakes seemed to go really fast! Everyone who attended was very impressed by the wide assortment of items brought along from the Surrey Libraries Reminiscence Collection.

“Four people actually joined and took away their cards to start ordering items from the free catalogues provided for them.
“We will be off to the Fordbridge Centre in Ashford on 4 March (tomorrow) at 4pm and the Greeno Centre on Monday (7 March) at 10.30am.

“Catch us also on the 17 March at Oxted Library and at the Windle Valley Health & Wellbeing Centre on the 22 March at 10am.”

For full information about the dementia coffee mornings, ring 0300 200 1001 or email libraries@surreycc.gov.uk.

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