Waterloo Park Day Centre mark ‘Dignity Action Day’

Staff and service users at a Waterloo day centre for older people put a local slant on a national celebration of dignity in care.

A range of special activities to mark Dignity Action Day 2017 were organised at Waterloo Park Day Centre, on Haigh Road, which is run by New Directions.

The day heralds the start of an annual month-long campaign to place dignity and compassion at the heart of care services, and of the communities they serve.

Activities at Waterloo Park on the day included the creation of a Digni-Tree, with service users adding leaves to the branches on which they had written their thoughts on what dignity means to them.

Clients involved included two of Waterloo Park’s oldest ‘regulars’, 97-year-old Zena Coffey who designed the tree, and her friend Joyce Lynes, aged 96.

Waterloo Park Senior Operations Manager, Roma Harvey, said: “We organise regular special days to support national initiatives, including fun activities like a bake-off and a Grandparents’ Day celebration, as well as more serious events like this one.

“Dignity Action Day helps us to highlight the central objective of our approach here which is to ensure that people who use our services are treated as individuals, and given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.”

Waterloo Park, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, was set up by Sefton Council but has been run by New Directions since 2007.

In its early years it was a traditional day and leisure activity centre for all local residents aged over 60.

However, in line with changes in social care in recent years, many of Waterloo Park’s 60 current clients have physical and mental disabilities, including early stage dementia in some cases.