Dementia training plays a key role in raising awareness of dementia and helping people to understand the needs of all those with memory loss. In the 1 hour sessions, participants are asked to reflect on values and challenge stereotypes and stigma. The primary aim of the sessions is to develop a culture of sensitivity and compassion toward those with some form of memory loss.
The greater the understanding and tolerance across our community, the longer dementia sufferers can carry on with everyday activities such as shopping or remaining part of a club.
Training sessions will be offered on the 4th Monday in every month (excluding bank holidays) from 2pm, lasting one hour at Broadstone Library, starting 25th April. If you would like to sign up for one of these sessions please contact Peter Jones via this website. Peter is a qualified psychiatric nurse and a dementia champion and will be running the training sessions.
We meet every Monday for an hour from 11am in Broadstone Library. We start with coffee and chat and then spend about 20 minutes reading or listening to short stories. We finish the session with more chat. Over the weeks we have enjoyed extracts from Pickwick Papers, the Railway Children, a short story by Maeve Binchy and much more!
The group is ideal for people who have always enjoyed reading but now get pleasure from very short sessions of reading or listening. Participants include older people, people just beginning to have memory loss, carers and volunteers.
People are welcome to drop in for a taster session to see if it suits them.
Members of the Steering Group for Stepping Stones have come up with many ideas for 2016 as we try to support people with memory loss in Broadstone. We shall be continuing and refining our existing activities to meet people’s needs, but in addition there are plans for a tea dance, a photographic exhibition of ‘old’ Broadstone, and a morning event providing specialist information and advice for Carers. Also working with Broadstone Neighbourhood Watch and the police, we want to make sure that people with memory loss are safe in our community.
We look forward to further dementia friendly church services and value our partnership working with Broadstone Churches Together and Broadstone Age Concern Day Centre.
In partnership with Broadstone Library, we are planning to run a taster session, from 2pm, Friday 15th January: listening to short stories, poems, newspaper and magazine articles, chatting and having tea! All are welcome!
Our regular monthly drop in, the 2nd Friday in every month, 2.30pm to 4pm, Broadstone Methodist Church coffee lounge, continues. In recent months Carers and partners/relations with memory loss have enjoyed playing board games and there is always the opportunity just to pop in for a cup of tea for a quiet chat with somebody.
Finally, there is a drop in, information surgery, with Peter Jones in Broadstone Library, the 3rd Thursday in each month, starting at 10am.
If you would be interested in contributing ideas or helping with any of these activities, please contact Annette Brooke, Chairman of Stepping Stones Steering Group, by sending your information by means of the Contact page.
The members of the Steering Group are:
- Dame Annette Brooke
- Rev Linda Carter – St John’s Church
- Tony Weber – Coles Miller solicitors representing the Chamber of Trade
- David Anderson – Broadstone Net
- Peter Jones – psychiatric nurse and dementia champion
- Mollie and Katie – Poole Wellbeing Collaborative who are working in our community for a year – particularly on the Waterloo Estate and the bottom end of York Road area
- Lesley – Librarian at Broadstone Library
- Elaine Frew – representing Broadstone Neighbourhood Watch
Broadstone Stepping Stones will be providing help and information to people that suffer from memory problems, and also their friends, families and carers. The website is still being completed and will have other information available from time to time. We have a new Twitter account which is @broadstonesteps. If you require any information, then please complete the Contact form.