Derby College has organised a free coffee and pampering event for people living with dementia, and for their carers.

Hosted at the college’s Engine Shed restaurant, guests were served tea and cakes made by catering and hospitality students.

Attendees also had mini beauty treatments, courtesy of students working in the college’s on-site salon.

The two-hour event was part of the college’s continued work to be recognised as a dementia-friendly institution by the Dementia Action Alliance.

Derby College’s director of funding development, Helen Stevenson, explained: “As members of the Derbyshire Dementia Action Alliance we have three dementia champions who are trained by the Alzheimer’s Society. They are now sharing this knowledge with staff and students under the Dementia Friends programme.

“The event was an informal way for people living with the disorder and their carers to make new friends and enjoy a relaxed afternoon of refreshments and mini beauty treatments.”

Elaine and Peter, a married couple living with dementia, said they had “a lovely afternoon”, and Peter said he enjoyed his first-ever hand massage.

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