Sir George Young formerly launched the Alzheimer's Cafe in Andover, at an event that was held at the Masonic Hall.
Alzheimer's Cafes were first launched in Holland in 1997, and they were brought to the UK by a carer support worker in Hampshire, working for Hampshire County Council. Kandy Redwood was the guest speaker for the evening, and she explained what somebody suffering from an Alzheimer's/dementia-type illness goes through, and explained that they needed somewhere they could go with their family to find out how to deal with the illness. The evenings are part educational and part socialising and professional help is available for those who want to discover more about the services that are available.
Launching the initiative, Sir George complimented Kerry Wincott and the Princess Royal Trust for their hard work in setting up the cafe, and Hampshire County Council for providing the funding. "At a time where we continually read about cutbacks in services, it is really good news that a new service is being provided here in Andover, for people living with Alzheimer's, together with their families. I commend Hampshire County Council for freeing up the resources to enable this initiative to go ahead." Councillor Felicity Hindson, Executive Member for Adult Social Services at Hampshire County Council explained how impressed she had been by the cafe at Farnborough, which was already up and running, and detailed the benefit which people received from the evenings. Kandy Redwood then explained the structure of the evenings, which take place once a month and answered questions.