ANOTHER GREAT DEMENTIA ACTION WEEK IN BRECON!
Having been the first town in Wales to be awarded the status of a Dementia Friendly Community by the Alzheimer’s Society, Brecon continues to work towards improving the lives of its residents who are affected by dementia, and this was evident in its Dementia Action Week activities.
The main event was a Multi-Agency Information and Support day held in Brecon’s Guildhall, which was attended by Police, Ambulance and Fire Services, Mountain Rescue, PAVO, Age Cymru Powys, Credu, Alzheimer’s Society, DMiP and the soon to be opened Cultural Hub.
The day was given a rousing start when Brecon’s Town Crier, Councillor Marie Matthews, announced the event, in the loudest voice imaginable, with a brilliant dementia-themed poem she had written for the occasion!
Lots of people visited and, most importantly, some were able to access the help, support and information that they really need, either for themselves or for their loved ones. For some that was help filling in a form, for others it was specific information regarding sources of help, for a few it was simply an opportunity to talk to people who understand and empathise.
Pupils from Llanfaes and Priory Primary Schools and from Penmaes Specialist School were there to share their experiences of visiting local Care Homes and Arosfa Day Centre via Inter-Generational Projects, which they love being part of: they were also delighted to share their crafting expertise with any visitors who wished to join them! All of these schools, plus Llangors Primary, held dementia-themed assemblies during the week. Year 6 pupils in Llanfaes also made and sold cakes which raised £109 for the Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community, whose activities during the week, including a bag- pack in Morrisons, raised almost £600!
The Town Crier introduced the afternoon from the podium in the Guildhall and thoroughly enjoyed wielding the gavel to demand order! The Mayor of Brecon, Councillor Ann Mathias, who had kindly agreed to present certificates to local businesses on behalf of the Brecon Business Dementia Alliance, was then welcomed. The certificates were in recognition of each business having made a real commitment to becoming Dementia Friendly, not simply by having Dementia Awareness sessions delivered to staff, but also for agreeing to their premises being reviewed in order to ensure that they are providing an accessible, inclusive and dementia friendly environment.
The businesses which received certificates were Nicholls, Brecon Car Sales, The Tea Emporium, Morrisons, The Clarence, Brecon Surgery and Brecon Job Centre; The Hours, Brecon Leisure Centre and NatWest Bank were also eligible but could not attend and their certificates will be delivered by hand. The Mayor was assisted by Frances Isaacs, a local resident who is living with dementia and who, accompanied by volunteers, had reviewed the businesses in question and provided constructive advice and guidance to support them in creating a dementia friendly environment, to which they are all committed. Frances hot-footed it to The Guildhall straight from the train, as her poem had been selected by Transport For London to be displayed as part of their showcasing of poetry by people living with dementia, and she’d made a guest appearance in Hampstead Station that morning!
Do you care for someone who has dementia and worry that they may go missing? The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme which encourages carers, family members or friends to compile useful information which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.
Previously known as Dementia Awareness Week, in 2018 it was changed to Dementia Action Week in order to recognise the fact that, while raising awareness of issues surrounding dementia is important, more action is vital in order to create the changes in communities that people with dementia and their carers want and need; this year Dementia Action Week will take place
between the 20th - 26th May. The goal of Dementia Action Week is to encourage people to take action to improve the lives of those affected by dementia, working to create a dementia-friendly UK where those with dementia do not feel excluded. There are 850,000 people in the UK who are affected by dementia, and it does not just affect the elderly; 40,000 people in the UK under the age of 65 have early onset dementia. It is believed that by 2051 the number of people who have dementia in the UK will have risen to 2 million. During Dementia Action Week, everyone will be encouraged to undertake actions, whether large or small, to help make everyday life better for those with dementia. Across the UK a range of fundraising events from sports challenges to
bake-offs and quizzes will also be taking place.
Brecon Little Theatre in partnership with Theatr Brycheiniog present its own take on A Midsummer Night's Dream - a relaxed performance on Friday 31st May at 7.00pm - Tickets £10 available from Theatr Brycheiniog - www.brycheiniog.co.uk - Tel No 01874 611622.
Brecon Library’s friendly Knit and Natter Group runs every Thursday in the Library from 11.00am until 12 noon.
A celebration of World Book Day with a special storytime exclusively for grown-ups, exploring memories through storytelling.
Drums for All - Dementia Friendly Music Making at Theatr Brycheiniog, fortnightly Monday's 10.30 - 11.30am.
As part of their Welsh Baccalaureate Community Challenge, three Brecon High School students, David Penn, Keegan Williams and Prashant Rana undertook some fundraising activities to raise money for the Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community.Read more