A SUCCESSFUL afternoon tea was recently held at Tilehurst Bowls Club in support of this year's Dementia Action Week (DAW), which took place from 20th - 26th May.

Home Instead Senior Care, a local company which provides home care for older people within their own homes, hosted the event, in which a number of clients, caregivers and members of the public from enjoyed an afternoon of delicious homemade cakes while watching the ladies in a green grass bowls competition.

They also had a chance to have a go themselves.

Home Instead helped organise a dementia friendly day during DAW at The Museum of English Rural Life in Reading.

The day included a visit from Mayor Deborah Edwards, a performance from YPWD Choir, exercise classes, dementia friends sessions and a picnic.

Philip Keohane, owner of Home Instead Reading, said: "Our events during Dementia Action Week were a great success!

"Everyone really enjoyed the afternoon tea and bowls at the Tilehurst Bowls Club, a local club that we are proud to sponsor.

"One attendee was a 91-year-old client who bowled for the first time in his life.

"Another attendee was a previous member of the club who retired after a diagnosis of dementia.

"His family were keen for him to stay engaged with bowling, as it used to be a real passion of his.

"He took back to bowls like the proverbial ‘duck to water.'

"This was a great way to get people out of the house and socialising, which is so important for our wellbeing.

"Thank you to everyone who made both events a huge success.

"The bowls club in particular are keen for this to become a regular feature, so another event is being planned for later in the summer and a regular monthly schedule throughout the season next year. "

For more information on joining the team or on the services provided, please call the team on 0118 909 9108 or for more information visit https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/reading.