Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group was set up by June Cooke in 2010 after her father, George, was diagnosed with dementia in 2008.
She found there were services and support available for the individual diagnosed with the condition, but very little for their families and those closest to them and limited access to groups which welcomed both.
June was already heavily involved with the King’s Fund Project in Hull, which was set up to enhance the healing environment within the Hull Memory Clinic for those experiencing memory loss.
Having gained vast knowledge of dementia during her time with the project, she took the step to establish Butterflies. Since then, the group has continued to grow and currently has around 80 members. They enjoy monthly social gatherings, singing, walking, community events, day trips and support for them and their families.
In conjunction with the Methodist Homes Association, Butterflies also runs a weekly luncheon club for gentlemen who feel isolated - 80 per cent of those in the group have been diagnosed with dementia.
Butterflies also provides workshops for carers to help them develop ways of coping with the challenges they face.