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'My family and I feel so blessed to have received the help from the Filo Project. At times you can feel a little lost and overwhelmed when living with Alzheimer’s but they really have offered us the support we needed. Nanna got so much from her time in their care. For a “home bird” she loved her days out with her friends and built such a love for her hosts. I can’t thank them enough for every smile they put on her face and every new experience they gave her. Not only this but the respite they gave to my Aunt who cared for Nanna. The Filo Project made a tough time easier and helped my family more than I can say. We can’t thank and praise them enough.'
- Granddaughter of client 

‘I know the project is having a positive effect on my Dad – it seems to be one of the rare things he can visualise in the future.’ - Son of client

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An older woman in a turquoise jacket and grey beret laughs joyfully with an open mouth

'My heartfelt thanks for all you have done for my Mum and to support me over the past couple of years. Without it there’s absolutely no doubt she would not have been able to extend her independent lifestyle for as long as she has, and I know she’s really enjoyed being “out with her friends” whenever she’s been on her days away.' - Step-son of client

'I know that Filo is definitely working for mum and she is benefitting. Mum was smiling when she got out of the car and I haven’t seen her like that for ages. I am so pleased with how it’s going.' - Daughter of client 

'The impact on my mum of the unique support that The Filo Project offers has been incredible. Although Mum is a hugely sociable, people-loving person, she can really struggle in group situations with strangers, feeling isolated and disengaged. The Filo’s nurturing approach with an intimate circle of regular companions is perfect for her; she’s really come out of her shell and you can see her old fun-loving self coming back!  Prior to attending The Filo Project, my mum’s memory loss caused some really upsetting changes. The intensely fashion-conscious and creatively curious person I adored became dishevelled, distinterested and lost. Once we’d natter for hours; now she could barely hold a few minutes of conversation without lots of repetition, or remember old friends or what day it was.


Now, Mum always sounds lively and engaged on the phone: I can even chat happily for 10 minutes, with only a few repetitions. And what’s more, she’s becoming conscious of her appearance again, which was always so important to her.' - Daughter of client

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An older man with grey hair and glasses reads the newspaper

‘After Mum died, I was concerned that Dad would become isolated and withdrawn as he was never the outgoing type after having my mum for sole company for nearly 60 years. The Filo Project has been amazing, he has become a more confident person who engages in daily life and has a good sense of contentment. After only a few weeks I saw “the light bulb” moment in him. The great thing is it has stimulated him to the degree where he now lives a fairly normal life; cooking, cleaning and really making a good effort. We have days when his short term memory is not so good but he doesn’t rely on me so much. He’s gone from telephoning me 9 times a day to possibly 4 times a week. We seem to have part of his old self back. To sum it up dad was a hostage of his vascular dementia, feeling uneasy in public not knowing what to say or do, The Filo Project has given him a new lease of life and a greater way of coping with his illness.’ - Peter, son of client

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‘My father was very withdrawn, and not eating or looking after himself well, last year. I despaired of him ever getting back to any semblance of normality. He was diagnosed with moderate dementia and depression. Being a very independent man, he struggled to admit there was a problem. He was a little reluctant to go to The Filo Project at first, but within a few weeks, was already feeling very much at home. He has blossomed and even accepts his confusion as part of him rather than railing against it as he was doing. He is more content and accepting. He has also returned to singing with the male voice choir, something I thought he would never do, and I believe that is down to the self confidence instilled by the FILO Project. In our case, I think it would not be too dramatic to say that the  FILO project really did save Dad’s life and has enhanced and enriched his final years, giving him a sense of worth in an otherwise confusing world.’ - Daughter of client

'I’m so happy with how my husband has settled at The Filo Project. He never says he doesn’t want to go.  I don’t need to stay and I’m very pleased to have a few hours to myself. I feel “at ease” dropping him and I don’t need to worry about him whilst I’m gone.' - Wife of client

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‘Dad was so happy at The Filo Project, the only days he would get up were the Tuesdays and Thursdays when he came to you’. - Daughter of client

'I just wanted to reiterate how important the Filo group is for John. On a Tuesday and Thursday evening, following his Filo sessions, he is at his best. He is in a good mood, he is not worrying about things or falsely accusing people of things. On Mondays and Wednesdays when he is struggling with his Alzheimer’s I can usually help bring him out of his confusion, paranoia and depression by talking about where he is going the next day.' - Carer of client

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