Fareham College students set up cookery group for people with dementia

STUDENTS from Fareham College have set up a cookery group for people suffering with dementia.

Monday, 13th June 2022, 2:05 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th June 2022, 11:04 am

Students and staff in the Health and Science Faculty at Fareham College have been working in partnership with a charity, Andover Mind, to deliver six weeks long Dementia Friendly Cookery Groups.

The sessions, held in the college's professional restaurant, Avenue 141, provide carer givers and service users with lessons where they can have a break from their usual routine, try new recipes, and have fun.

Service users with mild cognitive impairments or dementia are supported by second-year level 3 Health and Social Care students enabling care providers to meet other regional carers over coffee.

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Pam Jacques, whose husband John attends, said the cookery classes had brought about a real improvement in the couple’s quality of life.

She said: ‘The cookery group has improved John's self-esteem and confidence. He really enjoys working with the students; thank you for your support and kindness.’

Catherine Green, a spokeswoman for mental health charity Andover Mind said: ‘Being able to offer the cooking group to our service users has been really valuable to us - which we couldn't do without the purpose-built facilities.

‘Not only are the activities themselves stimulating, but the company of the wonderful students has brought so much joy to our carers and cared for.

‘Both students and those living with dementia have built confidence in the kitchen and improved communication skills. It is always a pleasure to visit the college.’

The Avenue 141 restaurant is located in the college’s Bishopsfield Road Campus, which has seen a recent £1 million investment in its facilities.