Funding boost for 'Tea, Chat and Activities' dementia support sessions
A weekly drop-in session in Brecon offering support to people diagnosed with dementia and their carers has had a funding boost.
The weekly 'Tea and Chat' sessions run by the Alzheimer's Society in St David's House, Free Street, Brecon started this year initially only had funding up to March 31 but have been so successful that funding has been extended for a further three months.
Pictured below is MP Roger Williams who came along to hear first hand of the issues faced by those living with dementia in Powys.
The invaluable drop-in sessions which began in February now attract more than a dozen regulars including couples – typically one person a carer, the other diagnosed with dementia – and carers who come by themselves to gain support and share their experiences with other carers.
They're run by Alzheimer's Society dementia support worker, Jean Nowell, with support from the Making Brecon Dementia Friendly Community group and other volunteers.
As well as tea, biscuits and chat for everyone there are break-out sessions with stimulating table-top activities such as flower arranging and board games, for people with dementia. This week the group enjoyed singing with a specialist voice practitioner, and storytelling is planned for the future.
Jean Nowell said; “We're all starting to get to know each other. For carers it's a chance to spend time with other carers and have a little bit of time to themselves. And it's the same for people with dementia who get to spend a bit of independent time away from their carers in a stimulating atmosphere.”
Rhiannon Davies, chair of the Making Brecon Dementia Friendly Community group, said: “One of the carers recently told me that knowing her husband is close-by and enjoying himself, and being with others who understand what they are experiencing is a life-line to them both. I think the staff and volunteers are doing a great job offering a really important, supportive service. We'd love to encourage others to come along, either if they're a carer, a person diagnosed with dementia or a new volunteer. Everyone is welcome.”
Last week, MP Roger Williams came along to hear first hand some of the issues those living with dementia in Powys are facing.
Want to volunteer?
Please get in touch with Rhiannon Davies of the Dementia Friendly Brecon group by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07946 445234 / 01874 676617 if you'd like to volunteer. If you'd like to attend just come along and drop in or phone Jean Nowell, Alzheimers Society on 01874 712083.