During the time that our inter-generational project between Llanfaes School and Trenewydd Care Home has been operating, real friendships have grown between the children and residents; Karen Lawrence, head of Llanfaes and I, (Dementia Friends Champion), also value the friendships formed with residents, and so it is such a sad day when one of our friends passes away.
The schools and care homes involved in our Dementia Friendly Inter-Generational projects thoroughly enjoyed sharing Christmas celebrations during the final sessions of their term last year.
Trenewydd residents joined in carol singing with the choir from Llanfaes School, and then shared a lovely buffet lunch that turned into a picnic! As well as singing and chatting, some of the children enjoyed dancing with Hazel, one of our very good friends. A great day all round and we look forward to more intergenerational projects and celebrations in 2017!
The Co-op recently became the latest business in Brecon to have achieved the status of Working Towards Becoming Dementia Friendly. Two sessions were delivered to staff, who were really interested, engaged and committed to supporting any of their customers needing additional help. Store manager Josh Morris was delighted to be presented with a sign which is now proudly displayed in the shop.
In Brookside Care Home the year 6 pupils from Llangorse School sang all of the songs from their Christmas concert, which was a novel and original telling of traditional Bible stories. The residents were enthralled, and family careers who were visiting on the day thoroughly enjoyed it too.
Year 6 pupils from Priory CiW School performed their entire Christmas play for the residents of Morgannwg House, who loved every minute. The children were brilliant and really enjoyed entertaining our friends with their take on the traditional nativity story.
We are pleased to confirm that Alzheimer’s Society Gwent will be running a Carers Information and Support Programme (CrISP) starting on 8th February 2017 The initial course consists of four weekly sessions aimed at carers, friends or family of people with dementia to understand what dementia is and how to care for someone with a diagnosis of dementia. The course also aims to provide and support carers in their caring role whilst maintaining their own health and wellbeing. A further programme will be run in March.
For further information please contact Enid Edwards, Dementia Support Worker, on 01874 712083. Or email Enid at email@example.com
Dementia Matters in Powys (DMiP) is a newly established organisation that has grown out of the grass roots initiative, Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community.
DMiP is seeking to recruit the following in conjunction with PAVO, who will initially host the post:
South Powys Dementia Friendly Communities Development Officer
For full details of this exciting new role click here.
A full house at Llangorse Village Hall gave Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community a big boost last week when £800 was raised from a lunch organised by members of Llangasty Womens Institute on Wednesday November 9th.
The event was coordinated by Frances Issacs, Gaynor Skyrme and Jean Calderwood - supported by other members of the WI branch, which normally meets on the first Wednesday of every month at Llangasty Village Hall.
Rhiannon Davies thanked all those who had been involved, with special thanks to Frances, Gaynor and Jean for all their evident hard-work in preparing such a delicious lunch.
“The fund-raising event at Llangorse exceeded all expectations. It was a great social occasion which got the Christmas season off to a really good start for Dementia Friendly Brecon, and we are very grateful to all those who made it such a successful and meaningful event.’
The Elderly, The Disabled, Carers: These three groups of people have similar, if not the same, struggles. Brecon Social Group is about bringing them all together in a safe, warm and comfortable place, to meet new people and share support over a cup of tea and biscuits (click here for further information).
As well as tea and biscuits, the £3 admission* includes access to a variety of activities such as chess/checkers, puzzles, books, cards and some card making materials. So why not challenge your new friend to a game of Bridge? If there is much interest in the group, there will also be the occasional quiz, bingo and cross words competition. Further ideas for the group are very welcome.
Located at Kensington Baptist Church Hall, with off site parking, disabled access and facilities. The group will be held weekly each Wednesday, 1.00 - 2:45pm.
A problem shared is a problem halved – all are welcome!