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Dementia Hub Opened by Alumnus Christopher Eccleston

Tuesday 4 July 2017

In May, we were delighted to officially open the Salford Institute for Dementia Hub with the help of Salford alumnus, dementia advocate and actor, Christopher Eccleston. With generous support from the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Wolfson Foundation, this new space is not only the home for the Institute, but provides a welcoming environment for those with dementia and will be a centre for activities, engagement, learning and research.

After years of planning, consultation, and building, the Salford Institute for Dementia opened its home in the Allerton Building in May. The Dementia Hub aims to be an outreach centre for the public to access the latest research and ideas about living well with dementia.

The £300,000 centre at the University’s Allerton Building, features a dementia friendly garden, a centre designed to look as much as possible like a home, and will be a base for the University’s dementia associates, who include Joy Watson, founder of Dementia Friends.

The centre also contains a special kitchen built to demonstrate the latest dementia friendly designs, with a glass fronted fridge and cupboards as well as other design features such as colour cues to help people with dementia understand the environment.

People with dementia and their carers can visit the Hub to take part in activities such as gardening and dance and to get guidance from others who have experienced the condition, while researchers from across the University will also be able to work there. With the launch of the Hub, the popular pop-up  pubs and dementia cafes, now renamed SID’s Café, will have a permanent place on campus in a dementia friendly environment. The launch of the Hub also introduces the Good Life Club, which is named after the Good Life Festivals that the Institute hosted in previous years.

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