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The impact of Places of Welcome

We started our Tea & Toast Place of Welcome morning at the start of July, where I first met a local resident Betty* (she is 79 years young).

Blog by a Staffordshire Places of Welcome Coordinator

* Name changed to protect confidentiality. Photo shared with permission.

We started our Tea & Toast Place of Welcome morning at the start of July, where I first met a local resident Betty* (she is 79 years young).

Betty was sharing stories from her past and told me she used to be a flower maker for a local potbank. She started on the potbanks at age 16.

I said to Betty, if I could get her some clay, would she mind showing us her skills. She laughed and said she probably wouldn’t remember.

Two weeks later, during our tea & toast session, I popped some clay on her table. She said I wasn’t expecting this. Betty has previously made me aware she lives with Alzheimer’s and probably wouldn’t remember how to do it.

She began working the clay, and created beautiful flower after flower from memory.

Please see picture below.

(Betty* has given permission for photo to be shared)

Betty P of W story
Betty* and her hand crafted clay flowers - rediscovering skills at her local Place of Welcome

All the other attendees were amazed by Betty's work, and one resident said “Wow, this is such a treat to see someone so talented at a coffee morning!”

Have you also read Ron's story and our visits blog?