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Red Gables (Mid Suffolk Organisations Forum)

MSVOF manages Red Gables as a Well-Being Centre that has the local community at heart. At Red Gables we have a popular community hub that is well used by local people. We offer facilities comprise of a small community centre, called Redwoods, for local charities and groups plus the main Red Gables house which provides offices and meeting rooms for charitable and locally based organisations and small businesses. Many organisations use our facilities to provide services that make a difference to peoples lives. At Red Gables we also run several projects to encourage people to get involved and improve their well-being. All have a strong volunteer involvement. These include the Garden Project for adults with mental health issues and learning difficulties, and the Redwoods Lunch Club for older people.

17 March 2016
East of England
Charity, Letting, Local DAA Members, Recreation, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Stowmarket Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

At Red Gables we are an active member of the Stowmarket DAA. We promote its activities and attend its meetings and activities.

Redwoods Lunch Club started at Red Gables in December 2013 as a valuable service for older people who live locally. It is held twice a month on Mondays with the help of a great team of volunteers. Attendance has grown to the present 40 pensioners who regularly come along. It is a valuable service for older people in need of social contact who live around Stowmarket. A number who come along have dementia or issues with memory loss. They come with their carers or partners or come on their own. We pride ourselves on providing a friendly setting for older people to enjoy good food and company in a very supportive setting. For those who cannot always remember when they are being held, we phone individuals on the day to remind them.

We also run a monthly ‘Soup & Chat’ session as an extension to our successful Lunch Club. This session is very relaxed and the ethos is still to provide a very supportive setting for older people.

Activities at the Lunch Club and Soup & Chat sessions are organised before the meal for the older peoples benefit, including games, speakers from Age Uk Suffolk, CAB, Police, Fire Service etc. ‘Better Balance’ exercises classes run by ActivLives are held before each session for those who wish to take part.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

We are very supportive of the Stowmarket DAA and do what we can to help them deliver the outcomes that are agreed.

We have tried to influence the local Chamber of Commerce to promote a Dementia friendly approach to their members, but it is sometimes difficult to get busnesses to understand the benefits of this.

Member website


2. Actions

  • Chamber of Commerce

    Continue to push Dementia Awareness with the local Chamber of Commerce

  • Meeting Space

    Provide the DAA with meeting space without charge for the medium term

    Being implemented
  • Promotion of Activities

    At Red Gables we are committed to helping and supporting the Alliance in any way we can from our exisitng resources. Tustees have signed up to this.