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”
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.
Broadstone Stepping Stones will be providing help and information to people that suffer from memory problems, and also their friends, families and carers. The website is still being completed and will have other information available from time to time. We have a new Twitter account which is @broadstonesteps. If you require any information, then please complete the Contact form.