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Southern Brooks Community Partnerships

Afternoon Tea at the Limes

The Limes – a day centre for people with early onset dementia – celebrated a smooth transition from the Alzheimers’ Society to become part of Southern Brooks Community Partnerships on Wednesday 26th July with a Tea Party in the grounds of Kingswood Foundation Estate.

Team Leidos joined up with The Limes to help get everything prepared ready for The Limes Service Users and guests to enjoy the party and afternoon teas.

Damian Alexander, Vice President and Programme Manager Logistics Commodities & Services Transformation Programme (LCST) said: “It’s a very friendly and happy environment and I’m thrilled that Team Leidos could be part of this initiative. We will shortly be returning with staff who are volunteering to freshen up the paintwork in the hallway, lounge and toilets and there is also a lot of work to be done in the garden.”

Joanne O’Neill, Day Support Manager commented: “We couldn’t have done it without the support of Team Leidos and I would like to say a huge thank you for their support and I must also say thank you to Lee Hider at Brooks Café who provided the wonderful food”.

Jay was diagnosed with young onset dementia three years ago. He said: “I was in the Royal Navy for 17 years and realised something wasn’t right after leaving. I attend The Limes once a week, I love it and call it my second home. For a while I didn’t want to talk about it and felt trapped but here I can’t stop talking. It’s so friendly and happy I feel like I can say anything and ask all the questions I want. It gives my wife a break.”

Team Leidos were back on Friday 29th July to help decorate the hall at The Limes. Service Users went out for the day, while the energetic team got busy preparing the hall for emulsion and gloss. The team worked so hard painting walls and woodwork, and managed to complete the whole project in a day, leaving the hall looking bright, tidy and refreshed!