A message from Annette Brooke, Chairman of the Stepping Stones’ Steering Group
It is with regret that I must announce that all our activities are currently suspended. They will be relaunched as soon as it is safe so to do. If you need any information about dementia and would like to make contact with me or Peter Jones, our contact details are available at Broadstone Library. Alternatively, an e mail sent via this website will reach me.
During this crisis, I am hoping to set up a telephone network to support Carers and older people who normally attend Stepping Stones’ events.
Normally, the reading and listening group is weekly, 11 to 12 noon, Broadstone Library, the ‘drop in’ for tea and activities is every 2nd Friday in the month, 2.15pm to 4pm, Broadstone Methodist Church, the Community Tea Dance is every 3rd Friday in the month, 2 to 4pm, Broadstone War Memorial Hall.
The first Community Tea Dance In 2020 was extremely popular and a very enjoyable occasion, even I attempted the waltz!
The first Community Tea Dance In 2020 was extremely popular and a very enjoyable occasion, even I attempted the waltz! Regular attendees include people with different levels of dancing skills and some people who just enjoy the social occasion and of course the tea and cakes! Everybody is welcome, at Broadstone War Memorial Hall, 2pm to 4pm, Friday, 28th February, 20th March, 17th April…..
Tuesday, April 14th, 2pm at Broadstone United Reformed Church, Easter Forget Me Not Service – this service lasts just 30 minutes and is particularly suitable for older people, people with memory loss and their Carers.
Around 40 people attended the recent 4th tea dance. The first picture below is of an earlier tea dance, the other is of the delicious home made cakes which are served with tea and are all included in the price of £5.00 per person. ( Carers are free) We have music, expert dancers and a variety of dances to suit all tastes and skills – waltz, rumba, quick step, foxtrot, sequence, line, twist, YMCA…..
Broadstone Stepping Stones is pleased to be able to announce that the first tea dance will take place this month. All are welcome, including those living with memory loss and their carers. It will be free but places are limited and must be booked in advance through Lesley Shand on 01202 658833. Free tea/coffee and cake will be provided and the dancing will be led by ‘Shall we Dance’ – Dorothy, Hazel and Gerry.
Tickets for future tea dances will cost £5.00 per head but the Leonardo Trust (a charity supporting carers and based in Broadstone) will be offering support for carers. Stepping Stones are grateful for sponsorship from Lesley Shand which has made it possible to add this new venture to the range of activities which it offers – www.broadstonesteppingstones.uk
Community Tea Dance
Broadstone War Memorial Hall
Friday 21st June, 2 to 4pm
Contact 01202 658833 – tickets must be booked in advance
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”