Annual Report

Extract from the draft Annual Report of the Trustees for the year ended 31 March 2017


The Trustees are pleased to report another very successful year.  As at March 2017 we were supporting over 180 people.  The Pabulum Café saw the introduction of many new activities during the year and has continued to thrive and grow.

At the start of the year we launched the successful ‘Monday-Monday’ Club as a quiet morning without the hustle and bustle that we have become used to on Fridays.

In the spring we had another successful boat trip on the Broads.  This outing has become a great favourite of everyone.

In the summer we saw the opening of our dementia friendly garden by our patron Lady Dannatt, a BBQ and a very successful afternoon tea.

In December we held our Christmas Party and also our Santa Special Rail Trip to Dereham was loved by all.  Who will ever forget our fabulous production of the pantomime Cinderella in February?

In addition, we published a Poetry Book and produced our own Christmas card which featured a painting by one of our members with dementia.  These initiatives allowed those living with dementia to make a positive contribution to the community.

In 2017 we have been engaged, in conjunction with the Fairland United Reformed Church, in planning the installation of an outside platform lift to allow easier access to the garden and the car park from the Church.  It is anticipated that this will be operational later this year.

As a group we have also sought to give something back to the community in the form of “Our Forget Me Not” appeal to help fund the Admiral Nurse Service.

Once again we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of local people and organisations in raising funds for us and supporting us in so many other ways.

Many thanks go to all our marvellous volunteers who give of their amazing talents to ensure that those who visit us have a very positive experience.

We are proud to report that our volunteers have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award given to volunteer groups in the UK, for their outstanding work.

The Trustees would also like to record their thanks to our patron, the Lady Dannatt, for her unceasing support for our cause.

Finally, the Trustees would like to thank our organiser, Dianne Fernee, for her enthusiasm and commitment to the work of the Wymondham Dementia Support Group.