CHAIRMAN of the Dementia Carers Support Group Dennis King is stepping down after many years of fighting for better care for dementia sufferers in Carmarthenshire.
The group, which started in Burry Port in November 2016, offers a wide range of care to those suffering with dementia. It provides information about what they are entitled to, what type of dementia they may have, and offers social activities that they otherwise may not get access to.
They were involved in the forming of the respite house in Ammanford, which had support specifically tailored to those suffering with dementia.
The group moved to Burry Port 2 years ago after resigning from their place in Ammanford following what Mr King described as Carmarthenshire County Council “pulling the rug from under their feet”.
The group has received vocal support from Councillors Amanda Fox and John James, who were there to show support. Cllr James said: “Amanda and myself have been supporting a motion to make Carmarthenshire a much more dementia friendly county. We need places in the county where everyone with dementia feels comfortable.”
Dorothy McDonald, who worked closely with Dennis in both Ammanford and Burry Port, said: “Dennis worked really hard with us, we came here and found there was nothing here for people with dementia. There were four people here when we first started, and now it’s come to this.”
“We’re gonna miss Dennis. He’s done a great deal for Burry Port and for Ammanford.”
“Hopefully we’ll be able to find another chairman. We’ve got some very good committed volunteers, but we desperately need more volunteers because if one of us is away, it leaves a great burden on the others.”