Furry friends and musical fun at the Willows Dementia Hub

Date published: 09 July 2019

An open day at The Willows Dementia Hub on Friday 28 June was a great success, full of music and laughter and extremely good weather for national care home open day.

Mayor Billy Sheerin visited the on the open day, which also hosted the Calderbrook Alpacas, Mindful Music, Get Up and Grow, the Alzheimer’s Society, Link4Life, Rochdale Carers’ Choir for the national open day.

To help celebrate the national open day, The Willows followed the theme of celebrating the role of art in care.

In the week prior to the event, residents created their own pieces of artwork to display for the community.

The benefits of art in care, and Dementia care in particular, are something staff at the Hub strongly about all-year round, with regular sessions and activities from local creative organisations.


Mayor Billy Sheerin at the Willows
Mayor Billy Sheerin at the Willows


Julie Saville, Registered Manager at the home, said: “Open days like this are a great way to show the excellent services on offer and the fantastic work that goes on at The Willows Dementia Hub.

“We are proud to run a truly unique service and although some people may still have misconceptions about care homes, we are keen to always help dispel any myths.

“Our community open days are ideal for people to come and have a look around, meet the staff and our residents.”

Doors were open at different care homes across the country with the national day created to encourage local people to visit care facilities in their community and work together to develop better relationships.

Since opening in November 2018, the home acts as a community hub, including many links with organisations such as Alzheimer’s Society, Rochdale Carers, Link4Life and its community café, the Woodlands, which is open to all seven days a week. 

The Willows Dementia Hub will be hosting their next community event, a summer fare, on Saturday 17 August.

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