A DAY care centre for people with dementia in Kidderminster has undergone a sensory makeover.

Kidderminster Day Care, in George Street, has seen its outdoor areas transformed with new wooden planters and fencing to create a stimulating space for people living with dementia.

The centre enlisted local learning disabilities charity The Emily Jordan Foundation and its Wood Works project to complete the makeover, with help from the service users themselves.

Day care manager Shirley Bradley said: "Developing a beautiful outside space that will support the wellbeing of our older people for years to come has been a wonderful project for us to take part in.

“Our service users have enjoyed having a say in what colours we chose for the paint, and they got stuck in with the planting. It’s been fantastic seeing them so involved.”

The team at Kidderminster Day Care, which is part of national charity Friends of the Elderly, were inspired to refurbish the centre's outdoor spaces after enrolling in the Dementia Education Programme.

And manager Shirley said the makeover is already having a positive impact on service users.

"The transformation made a huge difference immediately and I know it will continue to benefit everyone’s wellbeing," she said. "Having access to such nurturing and also uplifting spaces is great for us all.

"A huge thanks to Wood Works for their support.”

Run by The Emily Jordon Foundation, the Wood Works project supports people with learning disabilities to get involved in manufacturing wooden products.

Project manager Brian Strange said: "The Wood Works project had a wonderful time working with Kidderminster Day Care and Friends of the Elderly to deliver this project and we are delighted their service users now have a safe outside space to enjoy.”