Dementia Action Week: Working Alongside Unity Trust

Unity Trust Bank
Reflections CIC and Unity Trust

Dementia Action Week is Alzheimer’s Society’s biggest and longest-running awareness campaign which works to encourage people to take action and seek help. As a local CIC, we work alongside Unity Trust to provide integral care for vulnerable people with dementia.

Thanks to the support and funding of Unity Trust, we can carry on providing support and care to those who need it most. We provide a range of activities for people living with dementia at our new home, Orrell Home Barn.

Speaking about Unity Trust, our director Duncan Molenyeux commented “We had three months to find a new home or go under and none of the high street banks would lend us the money to buy a property. That’s when I was introduced to Unity Trust Bank and quite frankly, we would have closed down if it wasn’t for their support.

Unity lent us £325,000, and together with finance from Key Fund and our reserves, we managed to buy Orrell Hall Barn.

Unity Trust has been amazing. They are very clued up about this sector and our relationship manager Neil Cartwright has been great. He always has time for us and goes out of his way to help. We’ve recently secured new finance from Unity to turn one of our rooms into a private meeting place for families and service users.

Unity’s ethos resonates with me. They are providing the funding for us to do good things. This is the only facility of its kind in the area and I believe we have one of the best set up’s in the country – it’s fantastic.”

Thanks to the support of Unity Trust, we are now able to support up to 20 people every day. We provide respite and time for relaxation to carers and families and provide support to people with dementia.

We hope to promote health and wellbeing through our range of activities, including

  • Physical Activities
  • Mental Stimulation
  • Socialising
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Music and Dance
  • Special Theme Days
  • Much More

Our place on Wigan Council’s Ethical Framework wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Unity Trust.

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