A host of activities were organised for Dementia Awareness Week aimed both at celebrating the great progress made in making Brecon a Dementia Friendly Community and also to continue to raise awareness of the issues around the condition. The week was undoubtedly a huge success!
There were displays around town on most days and lots of information was distributed; events were held for people living with Dementia and their carers in MIND, Brecon Cathedral and The Muse; sponsored events were held to raise much needed funds, and open Dementia Awareness Sessions were available in a range of locations every day during the week.
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Dementia Awareness sessions were also delivered during Dementia Awareness Week to staff and pupils in Ysgol y Bannau, Penmaes School and Christ College, and in Brecon Group Practice, Social Services and Llanfrynach Community Hall. In addition, Bronllys Day Hospital distributed information about Dementia and related services throughout the week, and held a drop-in to provide positive advice and support to anyone affected by Dementia.
During the course of the week a film crew from Powys County Council interviewed a number of people involved with the Brecon Dementia Friends Initiative and filmed various ongoing activities including the inter-generational project involving Llanfaes CP School and Trenewydd Care Home. The film that is being produced will be used across Powys to share the progress made in Brecon and to encourage other groups and organisations to continue working to make their communities Dementia Friendly.
The week was a resounding success and culminated in a concert on Saturday 23rd May in Brecon Guild Hall with music from Cor Meibion Aberhonddu and Llanfaes CP School choir. There was also a taster of the Singing for Life initiative and an audience singalong, which went down very well! Chris Roberts, who has been living with Dementia for several years travelled from North Wales with his wife Jayne and made an inspirational speech which set the tone for the evening.
Clearly the concert was hugely successful, most importantly for the impact it had on those who attended who are living with Dementia and their carers. The comments from them tended to follow a similar theme: “I can’t remember the last time I had an evening out.” “Tonight was wonderful and we felt really welcome”; “Tonight was the best night I’ve had in such a long time. When are you doing it again?” These reactions made all of the hard work leading up to the event so worthwhile and we certainly hope to do it again before too long!