Broadstone Stepping Stones – Looking back and Looking forward

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.

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Dementia Training for Broadstone businesses, organisations and interested individuals

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.

A very special Book Group

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.

Steering Group Members

The members of the Steering Group are:   

  • Dame Annette Brooke
  • Rev Linda Carter – St John’s Church
  • Tony Weber – Coles Miller solicitors representing the Chamber of Trade
  • David Anderson
  • Peter Jones – psychiatric nurse and dementia champion
  • Lesley – Librarian at Broadstone Library
  • Elaine Frew – representing Broadstone Neighbourhood Watch
  • Judith Bacon – Poole Wellbeing Collaborative