A trip down memory lane

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A new retro-styled room aimed at helping people with dementia is to be unveiled at a Ripley community centre today as part of a refurbishment.

The RemPod – a ‘pop-up’ room filled with authentic memorabilia from the 1950s aims to stimulate memories in dementia suffers.

The design came to fame after receiving £50,000 from both Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones on BBC1’s Dragon’s Den.

Ripley-based social landlord Futures Homescape recently revamped the interior décor at its Firs House Community Centre in Alfreton and this week the new-look Field Terrace, just off Slack Lane, Ripley, is to be unveiled after a similar make-over.

MP Nigel Mills and Futures Homescape executive director Paul Parkinson are expected to open the new pod this morning.

As well as hosting Memory Lane sessions- a dementia support group run by Futures in partnership with Age UK Derby and Derbyshire - Field Terrace also hosts a popular foot care service, and 18 children from Ripley Infant School are due to unveil a footprint canvas they have made.

The centre has been revamped to make it more user-friendly for people with dementia and was designed by paint experts Dulux.