THE staff of Alzheimer’s Society, along with volunteers and men from the Antrim area who experience dementia recently hosted a barbecue for invited guests at The Cabin in the grounds of Ferrard House in Antrim.
Spokesperson Alan McClelland, a member of staff at Colemans Garden Centre in Templepatrick, said: “The burgers and hot dogs were fabulous and the cupcakes and traybakes absolutely delightful.
“Visitors were blessed with fine, sunny weather and those who attended had a wonderful afternoon chatting and making new friends.”
Alan added: “It is very clear that a lot of men with dementia can lead active, purposeful lives.
“A demonstration of this is how the grounds of Ferrard House have been developed and maintained by men with dementia and volunteers.
“The grass is beautifully cropped, and the beds are bursting with vibrant shrubs and flowers.
“Most of the flower beds have been carefully weeded and mulched.
“This has taken dedication and commitment from the local men with dementia and their volunteers.
“The Alzheimer’s Society does brilliant work supporting those who are affected by dementia in Northern Ireland.”
For further information about the Alzheimer’s Society and the support they provide, contact Valerie Guthrie, Dementia Support Worker for Antrim and Ballymena on 028 2588 1708, email Valerie.firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website on www.alzheimers.org.uk