‘This year, Dementia Awareness Week is changing to Dementia Action Week (21 to 27 May). Raising awareness and offering support will always be important, but it’s time we all act to make change happen for people affected by dementia.
In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes, yet too many people feel excluded and face the disease alone.’ Alzheimer’s Society
That’s why, this Dementia Action Week, the national campaign is asking people to unite and take actions big and small to make a difference to the everyday lives of people with dementia. It could be as simple as being more patient in queues or helping make your business dementia-friendly.
So what can we do in Broadstone? The monthly ‘drop in’ at Broadstone Methodist Church, the weekly Reading Group in Broadstone Library, the monthly Advice Surgery and our ‘Forget Me Not’ Church Services continue to flourish. The Home Safely scheme involving the wearing of safety bracelets is slowly growing but there is an enormous need to raise awareness for potential users and Broadstone Traders and residents.
My personal pledge is to visit every shop in Broadstone with a poster explaining the ‘home safely’ scheme. Can you ask shops whether their staff have undertaken dementia friendly training and ask them to get in contact with me to arrange a short training session? Stepping Stones has attractive stickers for our traders to display that Broadstone is Dementia Friendly – so far only the Post Office, the Library, the Methodist Church, the Harvey Practice, and Coles Miller Solicitors have participated in our scheme.
Are you part of a club or organisation that is able to support existing members within your group? Broadstone Bowls has achieved Dementia Friendly status under our local scheme. Again please contact me if you would like to have a short information session.
For more information on any of the above: please contact Annette Brooke 01202 696523
With support, people with memory loss can continue to enjoy and participate in activities which interest them and retain their quality of life for longer.
On Tuesday, April 3rd, an Easter Forget Me Not Service will be held at Broadstone United Reformed Church at 2pm. The service, lasting 30 minutes, will re-tell the Easter story through readings and hymns and will be followed by tea. It is particularly suitable for older people, Carers and those with memory loss, but all are welcome. This event is hosted by Broadstone Churches Together and the Broadstone Tuesday Club.
Our regular activities continue:
Drop in for tea and activities, every second Friday in the month, 9th March, 13th April, 11th May …., Broadstone Methodist Church Coffee Lounge, 2.15pm to 4pm.
Advice Surgery, every third Thursday in the month, 19th April, 17th May…, Broadstone Library, 10am to 12noon.
Reading and Listening Group, every Monday morning, Broadstone Library, 11am to 12noon
The Home Safely Scheme is available for Broadstone residents and makes it possible for Carers to be contacted quickly should anybody become lost in a public space. This scheme is operated in partnership with Poole Lifeline and involves wearing a simple bracelet. For a person just beginning to experience memory loss, the wearing of the bracelet gives confidence to continue to go out and about and reassurance to a Carer/relative. Currently, there is no charge for the bracelet or the service.
Our Christmas ‘Drop In’ session proved to be very popular with a record attendance. It was a very happy session with lots of chat and laughter, tea and homemade mince pies, Christmas crackers and activities. Some wonderful Christmas decorations were made with the guidance of an expert flower arranger whilst a small group enjoyed playing fiercely competitive dominoes. All the attendees were able to take a Christmas decoration home. Some beautiful Christmas ‘twiddler’ muffs were brought along by another volunteer for any carers to choose from if they wished.
Finally, as it was our Christmas session we concluded with some Christmas songs and carols.
Our next ‘drop in’ is Friday, 12th January, 2.15pm to 4pm, in the coffee lounge at Broadstone Methodist Church. All are welcome – carers, people with memory loss and older people.
One of the aims of our project is to work towards making Broadstone a Dementia Friendly Community. We have recently had some very attractive window stickers printed and there are already some on display in Broadstone shops and other organisations where staff have undertaken dementia friendly training. We need many more businesses and organisations to participate and display the window stickers to publicise that we are a Dementia Friendly Community. Please do contact Annette Brooke via this website for your free stickers if you feel that you already qualify as ‘dementia friendly’ or if you would like a short training session provided for your staff at a convenient time for you.
Tbe stickers have already been placed in the following locations in Broadstone :
Throughout the year people with dementia are found lost and confused not remembering where they live or who they are. It is distressing for everyone, and something that families of people living with dementia worry about happening.
Carers are now able to get a safety bracelet (pictured), for a person with dementia living at home in Broadstone.
If you see a person lost and confused and wearing a bracelet like this, gently ask to see it. There will be a telephone number engraved on it and a numeric code. Please note these. The telephone number is the Poole Lifeline service operating 24/7 throughout the year. Please telephone and give the numeric code. This will identify the person and Poole Lifeline service will contact the person’s carer.
A new scheme for Broadstone was launched at the recent Broadstone Neighbourhood Watch AGM during Dementia Awareness Week – the Home Safely Scheme. Throughout the year some people living with Dementia are found lost and confused not remembering where they live or who they are. If you are a Carer and this is a concern for you then this scheme may help you and the person for whom you are caring.
Thanks to donations in memory of Jack Miller and Broadstone Neighbourhood Watch, Stepping Stones (a Broadstone Dementia Project) has been able to purchase a number of safety bracelets. Each bracelet is supplied with a unique PIN number and Poole Lifeline’s telephone number. Poole Lifeline will hold the Carer’s contact details and information relating to the person with dementia and when telephoned and given the unique PIN number will contact the named Carer(s) and if necessary police/emergency services. A £30 ‘one-off payment’ is payable to Poole Lifeline but will currently be covered by the Better Care Fund.
As a High Street firm of solicitors serving the whole of the Poole Bournemouth conurbation my firm aims to provide the whole community with whatever legal advice support and assistance it may need. Given that there are estimated to be at least 5000 people living in Poole and Bournemouth with Dementia of varying types, they, their loved ones and their families are all likely to need legal services. Indeed it is believed that two thirds of these people are still living in the community. So for my firm it was an absolute no brainer to ensure that all of our reception team (as well as all staff in our specialist Wills and Probate department) at our 5 offices received training via the Alzheimer’s Society to become Dementia Friends a couple of years ago.
In partnership with Broadstone Churches Together and Broadstone Day Centre, on Tuesday, 18th April, at 2.30pm, there will be an Easter Forget Me Not Church Service, at Broadstone United Reformed Church, Higher Blandford Road, followed by tea at 3pm.
All are welcome including people with memory loss and their Carers, older people and anybody who would like to celebrate Easter within a short Church Service.
News item from Poole Churches Together and The Alzheimer’s Society –
Jackie Leswell Chair Churches Together in Poole
We are supporting an organisation who are setting up some activities in the local area for people with memory loss or dementia and their companions / carers to attend.
The first one that has been set up is an eight week choir, taking place at St Peters Church in Bournemouth, starting early February. Research indicates that keeping active and engaged is beneficial for the memory and for people in the early stages of dementia. We are therefore encouraging people, whether or not they have experience of being in a choir, to come along to this activity. Above all else it should also be a fun experience and provide feelings of wellbeing.
I would appreciate it if you were able to distribute the attached flyer, preferably with an explanation, to churches and congregations in the area, and encourage them to come along. It is of course open to anyone, so do pass on to anyone else you know who may be interested.Continue reading “Eight week choir for people with memory loss”
Broadstone Stepping Stones Project was launched following a very well attended conference at Broadstone Methodist Church in May 2014. Keynote speakers were Jeremy Hughes, CE of the Alzheimer’s Society and former Health and Care Minister, Paul Burstow. Presentations were also given from local health and voluntary organisations. The theme of the Conference was how could Broadstone work towards becoming a dementia friendly community.
Following the Conference a Steering Group was set up with representatives from key organisations in the community. A mission statement was drawn up and agreed.