THE dedication of a day centre manager has been highly-commended by a dementia awards ceremony.
Mandy Rowlands, who works at Locks Heath Wellbeing Centre, was highly-commended in the national Dementia Friendly Awards, organised by The Alzheimer’s Society.
Mandy leads sessions with staff at the charity and help individuals to better understand the condition and support people with dementia in their community.
Mandy, who received her commendation from TV presenter Angela Rippon, said: ‘The Dementia Friends project offers a real insight into the challenges faced by so many people, particularly in their day to day tasks.
‘My awareness-raising sessions not only encourage individuals to help where help is needed but also demonstrate the importance of patience and understanding.
‘I have now made more than 450 Dementia Friends and would love to reach as many people as I can across Hampshire.’
Her efforts were praised by Age Concern Hampshire dementia lead Kym Devine, who said: ‘Mandy is helping us to implement this across the county.
‘We are extremely proud of the great work she is doing here.’