THE Rainbow Centre in Penley is celebrating after winning an award for their work in caring for people with dementia

The centre has won a Social Care Wales Accolade for their work as serving as a purpose-built community hub, providing a range of interventions, such as social interest and exercise groups, community outreach and befriending, as well as community transport and volunteering opportunities.

Social Care Wales recognised the centre for their work in promoting positive ageing and empowerment of older people to stay as independent as possible and reconnecting with their community.

The award ceremony was held virtually earlier this month and chief officer of the Rainbow Centre, Caroline Tudor-James was on hand to accept the award.

Speaking after receiving the award, Caroline said it 'meant a lot' to the centre and her staff.

"Winning the award means a lot to the Rainbow Centre," she said.

"Having dementia can be really distressing for the person living with the disease. It can be a barrier to people accessing services.

"However we use the disease to look at how we can develop activities for people that aren't as inhibited as they once were.

"We've used this positive to develop some really creative activities.

"This award is about recognising how we can work creatively to engage with people with dementia.

"It's also a real honour to accept this award on behalf of all of our staff who've worked so hard to make a real difference to the people's lives that access our services.

"This award really is for all our staff, so well done everybody and thank you so much to Social Care Wales."