Community Uplift for Gold Award Winning Staveley Centre
On Monday 10th June residents of the Staveley Centre enjoyed a rousing musical from young singers of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church in Chesterfield.
The group’s inspiring repertoire of six songs included three hymns. Conductor Mr. Humphrey Rowles observed that the residents clearly linked on with old favourites like ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ and ‘Onward, Christian Soldiers’. A senior supervisor from the centre remarked afterwards that residents, family and carers joined in and thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
Mr Andrew McEleny from Derbyshire County Council, owners of the Staveley Centre, told the Brethren community “I heard fantastic reports as to the choir last night; thanks a lot for that. I think it would be great if you could do our summer fair”!
Derbyshire County Council’s Staveley Centre achieved Gold Standard in Dementia Care only 18 months after opening in 2010. It is the first community care centre of its kind in the county and provides specialist services for older people in its tailor-made dementia-friendly building. The council has meticulously followed recommendations on Dementia Care from the University of Stirling and the Gold Standard is given to those organisations that score at least 75% against essential and recommended measures. The Staveley Centre scored 94% – a remarkable achievement in such a short time.
Mr Toby Perkins MP often uses the centre to meet constituents and has made dementia care one of his interests. The Chesterfield MP has said: “When it comes to dementia, early diagnosis is vital; it helps people get the carers, support and treatment that will improve outcomes and quality of life for dementia sufferers”.
Before leaving, participants of the choir expressed their pleasure at being able to perform for the residents and gave each one a gift bag containing chocolates and a gospel booklet. They are looking forward to further opportunities for similar events.