HRH The Countess of Wessex officially opened Sage House earlier this week.
Dementia Support welcomed HRH The Countess of Wessex earlier this week (Tuesday 8th May) to open their new dementia support centre: Sage House.
HRH The Countess of Wessex was accompanied by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex, Mrs Susan Pyper, and was greeted at Sage House by Anthony Wickins, Dementia Support Chairman and Founder, and Sally Tabbner, Chief Executive; and the Chairmen of the West Sussex County Council and Chichester District Council.
Her Royal Highness was shown around Sage House, by Sally Tabbner and Anthony Wickins, to see the various dementia support services and met with customers, carers, volunteers, members of staff, trustees, and key people involved in the project.
Her Royal Highness visited the Memory Assessment and Information Zone where she was talked through the memory assessment process and the tools used. There was also a discussion about the Sage House Wayfinding Service, and the benefits of receiving good advice and emotional support throughout the dementia journey.
The visit then moved on to the Care and Activities Zone where the charity provides dementia wellbeing sessions and day care. Here, The Countess had the opportunity to speak to people living with dementia, and their families and carers, who were attending a dementia wellbeing session.
Her Royal Highness was then entertained to lunch with the Dementia Support Chairman, Anthony Wickins; his wife Deirdre Wickins; Lucinda Langmead, Vice Chair and charity Founder; Robert Langmead, Fundraising Board Chair, and charity ambassadors, volunteers and patrons.
Following lunch, Her Royal Highness met with other members of staff, the board of trustees, ambassadors and donors in the Community Café. To conclude her visit to Sage House, The Countess unveiled a commemorative plaque and she was presented with a posy of flowers by Edward Page (aged 9), Bella Page (aged 6) and Iris Randell (aged 12). Siblings Edward and Bella live in Tangmere and both chose the name of the Café – Daisy’s Café, in honour of their great-grandmother Daisy, who had dementia. Iris’ submission: ‘Forget-Me-Not Lane’ has been used for a corridor in Sage House.