Showtime as dementia-friendly cinema opens its doors
The Watermill, our specialist dementia housing scheme in Walsall, has opened the doors to a dementia-friendly cinema.
The vintage style cinema is equipped with traditional curtains, decor, seats and popcorn and is part of The Watermill's commitment to support residents living with dementia by stimulating their memories.
Walsall's Mayor, Councillor Angela Underhill, cut the ribbon on the new cinema with the help of residents from The Watermill as the court, which has now been open five years, hosted an open day.
The event also featured entertainment from a professional singer and a 1940s and 50s dance group and awards were presented to members of the team to recognise their outstanding contribution.
Court manager Joy Sumner said: "It was a fantastic event for everyone and we had a brilliant turnout.
"The cinema is part of our continuing efforts to create an environment which helps our residents live full and happy lives.
"It looks fantastic but it was only made possible by the fundraising efforts of Paul Wallbank, whose mother-in-law attends our day centre, and help from a lot of people.
"We see every day that with the right support and stimulation people with dementia can still live very fulfilling lives.
"I'm very proud of everyone here for the hard work they have put in over the last five years and it was great to be able to reward the team for that."
The Watermill is a specialist residential care facility for people living with dementia with day centre facilities. The opening of the cinema follows the opening of the first ever dementia-friendly pub at the scheme last May.