Another entertaining afternoon was spent at the monthly ‘Stepping Out’ Community Tea dance held on the third Friday of the month at Broadstone Memorial Hall. All are welcome to attend to join in with a mixture of singing, dancing and hand jiving. Tea and home-made cakes are served in the interval.
Although there was a mixture of dances, Ballroom, Latin and Sequence, the most popular one seemed to be the Twist when almost everyone in the room took part! John Phelan especially enjoyed dancing with Dorothy and is looking forward to the next event on Friday 16th August from 2pm – 4pm. Tickets are £5 with Carers being sponsored by the Leonardo Trust. For more information and to book your place ring: 01202658833
John and Dorothy are shown here Tripping the Light Fantastic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To sign up for a one hour session 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.