Following the news last month that our local dementia centre would be closing, we arranged a meet for relatives and carers affected by the closure of the Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich (BLG Mind) centre in Beckenham, chaired by Ellie Reeves, to hear from and question the CEO and Head of Services at Mind about the closure and how the activities the centre provided will continue.
Carers spoke of the huge importance of social interaction the centre provided for their relatives, and the help and support staff there provided to them- they were clear that the existing respite at home service is not the same.
BLG Mind indicated they would not absolutely rule out reopening the centre but couldn’t see how this could happen at present. They are looking at how they can provide alternative services to support users and their carers.
We will be arranging a follow up meeting later this year to find out how these plans have developed and to ensure they have continued to engage with people to provide services they need.