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.
The following activities are now up and running and well established. A warm welcome is extended to all who wish to attend.
Memory Cafe – every 2nd Friday in the month, 2.15pm to 4pm, Broadstone Methodist Church. Tea, plenty of chat, laughter and activities.
Reading Group – held weekly, Broadstone Library, Monday, 11 to 12 noon, for older people and people with some memory loss. Coffee and chat, reading/ listening to a wide range of authors including E. Nesbit, Charles Dickens, Jane Austin and more!
Advice Surgery – for people with memory loss and their Carers, Broadstone Library, every 3rd Thursday in the month, 10 to 12 noon.
Dementia Friendly Church Services – Christmas, Easter, and Harvest Services are held at Broadstone United Reformed Church. Harvest Festival will be celebrated on Tuesday, 27th September and the Christmas Service is on 6th December. Coffee is served from 10.30am and the services start at 11am finishing at 11.30am.
Areas for further development include:
The local business community –
- Broadstone Post Office is fully signed up and an aspiration is for all the shops and other outlets in Broadstone Centre to have dementia friendly accreditation. Do make contact for further information.
Local community groups –
- Recently a group of 16 members of Broadstone Bowls Club received dementia friendly training with excellent outcomes. If a member of a club or organisation suffers from dementia how can they continue to be included and supported in activities? Training is offered to organisations on request.
- Currently Broadstone Methodist Church is working towards achieving dementia friendly accreditation.
Local schools –
- Contact and interaction is needed. The following ideas will be explored: sessions to enhance understanding and awareness of how dementia might be affecting family members, volunteers from ‘service to the local community’ schemes’, school choirs performing at the church services.
As with all local projects more volunteers are needed. The work is is incredibly rewarding and so needed. If you would like any more information on any of the above or would like to help with any of the activities please contact Annette Brooke.