An award-winning provider of specialist water safety services has been commended for its support within the care sector as the curtain comes down on the second year of sponsorship of the Memory Café dementia performances.
Nant Ltd, whose clients include leading care home groups, have sponsored the Memory Café organised by Wolverhampton Grand Theatre since 2022 and are due to end in November after performing to 40 care homes this year.
The shows by vintage performers Miss Beth Belle and Sophie Clayton visited centres specialising in dementia care around the region, entirely free of charge thanks to Nant’s support.
The performances which featured music from a variety of genres helped spark memories among older people and can have transformative effects on the cognitive, emotional and physical wellbeing of people living with dementia.
Essington Manor care home commented: “Today in particular was extra special as one of our challenging residents absolutely loved it. She even got out of her wheelchair with assistance to enjoy a little dance.”
Queensridge Court care home added: “We cannot thank you enough for such tremendous work you do and I do hope the local community will continue to support you to enable this much needed service to continue long into the future.”
Nant stepped forward as sponsor for the touring show in 2022 as part of its wider work helping dementia good causes. The shows have been delivered to 80 care homes in the last two years.
In addition to sponsoring the Memory Café tours, Nant colleagues have raised £2,700 for Dementia UK through sponsored walks, half marathons and sky dives.
The water safety specialists have also partnered with the Alzheimer’s Society to deliver ‘Dementia Friends’ awareness sessions to all engineers attending care homes. The informative sessions encourage people to learn more about dementia, how it affects a person and what you can do to help people affected by dementia in your community.
Nant technical director Richard Deakin said: “Nant is committed to supporting people with dementia and we are delighted to hear that the Grand Theatre’s Memory Café tours have been a resounding success for the second year running.
“Knowing that the tours are impacting the lives of those living with dementia has made our support worthwhile especially as we know the positive benefits music has on memory, speech and communication skills.”
Head of outreach at Wolverhampton Grand, Remy Lloyd said: “We are extremely proud of our dementia-friendly programme at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and the care home tours allow us to extend this provision out into the community, for those who cannot attend performances or Memory cafés.
“Nant’s passion for supporting dementia services and their kind sponsorship of this project over the last two years will have enabled 80 care homes to access live, nostalgic entertainment free of charge.”
Established in 1994 to provide high quality Legionella control, Nant Ltd provides water safety services and products for clients across the UK. The company fundraises and supports local causes as part of its drive to give back to the community where it has been based for more than 25 years.
Having moved to the University of Wolverhampton Science Park in August, Nant won the tech and innovation prize at the Black Country Chamber of commerce Awards 2022 and is shortlisted for facilities management provider of the year at the Care Sector Supplier Awards 2023.
By Nant Limited