During October, Stepping Stones organised two sessions of dementia training. The aim of such training is to help businesses, clubs, churches and other community groups to be able to give better support, in small ways, to people with dementia. The course lasts for just an hour and is very straight forward. If you would like to attend such an event in the future please do contact:
‘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
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”