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National Dementia Awareness Week - Age is no ‘concern’ to Apprentices

Posted on 19/05/15

This week marks National Dementia Awareness week and Age Concern in Sandwich are launching a number of dementia awareness and fundraising initiatives which two young MiddletonMurray apprentices - Georgie Harrison and Ryan Crowther - will find themselves at the heart of.

The Age Concern Centre in Sandwich provides a welcome, friendly environment within which people can meet-up and join in with the many services and events the charity offers. After opening in the early 1980’s, the Centre has now evolved to cater to the requirements of the over 50’s in the area with a full range of amenities, hot food, activities, care and advice.

To date, the MiddletonMurray branch in Sandwich have placed three Apprentices with Age UK, as explained by Learner Placement Executive James Cox, ”the three Apprentices have all been a great success, so much so that this has led to us working with four other Age UK branches in terms of our up-skilling and Traineeship programme”.

James continued, ”such is the success of our relationship with Age UK, Jane Goring, the Operations Manager at Sandwich invited Georgie, Ryan and myself to appear in the recent Kent Messenger newspaper feature (pictured here) for National Dementia week with the view to celebrating the work we do together in terms of our Apprenticeship Programme”.

Speaking about the two MiddletonMurray Apprentices, Jane Goring said ”Georgie has fit in very well in the Main Centre and almost immediately the clients all soon fell in love with him. He is very caring and is not embarrassed to hold elderly ladies’ arms which some teenagers might be! Ryan has gained in confidence since he started and has proved to be very reliable. He has taken over a lot of my day-to-day jobs, freeing up my time to concentrate on collaboration and funding work. He is a great asset to us already”.

Jane concluded by saying ”both Georgie and Ryan are complete success stories due to the efforts of the Centre and also our friends at MiddletonMurray, with a particular mention to the support we receive from James Cox”.

Summing up the relationship MiddletonMurray enjoys with Age UK, John Bland, General Manager at MiddletonMurray Sandwich branch said ”we are really pleased and proud to be working with such a fantastic organisation as Age UK. It has been great to see how our Traineeship programme has provided the necessary skills, as well as building confidence, for Georgie and Ryan to flourish as they progress onto their apprenticeship. James has done an excellent job of looking after both Age UK and our Learners. Being involved with Dementia Awareness Week with the Age Concern Centre was also a privilege as this is such an important subject.”

To find out more about Apprenticeships at MiddletonMurray, Sandwich call: 01304 802 702

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