There wasn't a dry eye in the house when Syd's Corner was officially opened at the Grenville Community Connections Hub this week. A yellow ribbon was cut to open the facility, which was named after the late Syd Dunlop, a much-loved volunteer at the hub.
Syd's wife May and City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty were on hand for the celebration. It was an emotional moment, but Mrs Dunlop said she was very proud to see her husband, who had been a member of the centre since 1983, honoured in such a way. Mrs Dunlop described the Grenville Centre as a second home for her husband, a place where the couple received much love and support during his illness.
"There's such a lot of help here for people in his situation," Mrs Dunlop said.
Syd’s Corner provides a reflective space where conversation can take place, while there is also a library of dementia resources, music therapy through iPods and headphones, ‘social afternoons’ and digital tablets featuring games and puzzles to keep the mind active.
“This corner symbolises Syd’s ability to keep educating and learning and…it’s a second home where people can learn and understand and have a cuppa without feeling like they are going through this alone,” Mayor Docherty said.
The launch was conducted as part of a dementia information session, providing support and education for those dealing with the illness.
Mrs Dunlop said she hopes those living with or supporting loved ones with dementia take advantage of the information and services available through the Grenville Community Connections Hub.
For more information, contact the Grenville Community Connections Hub on 8256 0377.