MP officially reopens day services for dementia sufferers at Garget Walker House

Richmond MP Rishi Sunak has officially reopened a new day care service for dementia sufferers at Garget Walker House in Richmond.

A previous service offered at the centre was forced to close at the end of last year due to the pandemic.

However, local dementia charity Dementia Forward agreed to step in.

With the support of North Yorkshire Council, Richmondshire District Council and the Friends of Garget Walker House, they have now been able to reopen the day services.

A full day of activity and support for people living with dementia is now available.

Rishi Sunak performed the official opening ceremony earlier this month

It’s great to have this vital service back in Richmond, and at the heart of the community.

Debby Lennox, from Dementia Forward, said: “Garget Walker House has a wonderful homely feel to it, with an easy-to-access garden, and three separate indoor spaces for activities, which are led by two members of staff.”

The charity is looking for volunteers to support the group.

Debby said: “Volunteers welcome people, help serve refreshments and support people to join in with the activities, which can be everything from singing to crafts, gardening to bowling.

“The emphasis is on fun and friendship and keeping minds and bodies active.

If you would like to find out more about any of Dementia Forward’s services or if you are interested in volunteering, contact the helpline on 03300 578592 or email