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The Orchard is worth saving and it can be saved.

However, we need to urgently raise funds to get going

The Situation

The Alzheimer's Society are committed to re-focusing their efforts in other aeras of care, unfortunately as a result the Orchard is scheduled for closure at the end of September.

Dementia is not going to go away, and is forecast to significantly increase in the coming years. This means that pressure will intensify on already stretched services (both public and private). Simply put we can not afford to lose this precious resource; as any one of us maybe affected by this condition either directly or through a family member.

What are we doing about it?

We have been encouraged by the strength of feeling from local residents, agencies and families that the centre must remain open. 

Having developed a fully costed model; it is clear that the centre is able to stand on it's own two feet. As such we have decided to set up as an independent charitable organisation (application pending) and plan to run the centre with qualified and experienced carers.

As we have mentioned we believe the centre can stand on it's own feet, however we do need to raise funds to get the operation up and running, which is where you maybe able to help. We need to raise in the region of £30,000 to cover start-up costs.

The long term aim

'Continuity' is the name of the game. We are seeking to continue the service in every aspect, there is no plan for any change or reduction in service. This is crucial as those with dementia need stability and continuity.

We are committed to providing the same care and activities and support for all our clients and families. 

As we are a local charity it will be run for the local community, with decisions being made by trustees based in the local community with clients, families and carers in mind.

If you are able to please donate via our JustGiving page by using the 'Donate' button, or contact the team by email: or contact David on 0784 731 3098

Copyright: David Shepherd

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