Credit agency staff spend time with dementia patients

Staff from Experian have been helping out at Clipston Hall Care Home, residents bingo
Staff from Experian have been helping out at Clipston Hall Care Home, residents bingo

A team of volunteers from Experian Business Express in Ollerton will be dedicating some time to the community this Thursday and spending the afternoon with the residents of Orchard Care home in Clipstone.

A number of residents in the Clipstone Lodge suffer from dementia and the staff have consulted with specialists in the field of dementia care to ensure the design of the care home promote a happy environment, boost sensory stimulation, aid recognition, and help avoid confusion and anxiety.

Currently the care home accommodates around 90 residents.

Experian team member, Kirsty Lilliman, has been working with the charity for a number of years after her grandparents were residents.

She said: “Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the biggest difference. On Thursday we’ll be giving out cakes and doing bingo but also just having a chat and spending time with the residents. When a charity is close to your heart it’s great that the business encourages volunteering and enables us to make it a team effort as part of our working day.”

Linda Britten, home manager, said: “Without exception, each and every resident thoroughly enjoy the volunteers visiting the home. The love, joy and most of all fun you all bring to the home never fails to amaze me but far more importantly never fails to impress our residents and their families. Please pass on our genuine thanks for all you have and continue to do.”

The ‘Heart of Experian Charity Fund’ was set up to help small groups and organisations locally that need support to ensure they grow and remain self-sustaining.

Since its introduction April 2012 Experian has awarded approximately £90,000 to local projects as well as many offers of alternative support such as gifts in kind like product, volunteers and people skills from across the business.