Dementia Carer Group at Grosvenor Garden Centre The Dementia Carer support group is for carers registered with NEWCIS who care for someone who has dementia. The group is ran by NEWCIS Wellbeing Officer Annie and activities are arranged at various venues in Wrexham on the first Tuesday of each month. "Since the launch in March I've used a number of the carer suggestions during the consultation as a basis for activities and events such as afternoon tea and talk from Alzheimers UK, and a Move it or Lose it exercise session with healthy lunch. In June I had booked a minibus for the group of eight carers to travel to the Grosvenor garden centre, and a class from local horticulturalist and author Jenny Hendy who presents workshops and classes there on a regular basis. On arrival the carers enjoyed exploring the indoor and outdoor shopping and plant display areas, and went along to the café for tea, scones and a chat. We then gathered for the class in the undercover classroom as the rain curtailed plans for an outdoor demonstration. The presentation from Jenny who had collected a wide range of plants from around the garden centre suitable for creating beautiful summer borders and glorious hanging baskets was lively, engaging and highly informative. All the carers enjoyed it, taking avid notes based on Jenny's tips on the correct combinations of plants to use for the ultimate summer garden displays, preparing for planting, correct planting methods, correct feeding and watering and aftercare advice to ensure optimum success. There was a Q & A session and we certainly found out which of our carers had secret green fingers! Everyone enjoyed the afternoon and not even the inclement weather could dampen the fun." Annie "NEWCIS use carers suggestions as a basis for future activities and events" Group information The Wrexham Dementia Carer Group runs on the first Tuesday of each month between 1pm - 3pm. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 at the Wynnstay Hotel (Wrexham) followed by a Wellbeing session of head, shoulder and arm massage and relaxation techniques from two therapists who will be coming along from Estyn Wellbeing in Wrexham. Do you care for someone with Dementia and would like some support? Come along to the group and meet other carers, relax and get support from NEWCIS. For further information about the group please contact Annie on 01978 423114.