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!
We are delighted to announce that Llanfaes CP School has won the award for 'Outstanding Contribution by Young Persons' for their contribution to creating a dementia friendly community. The award, from the Alzheimer’s Society, recognises Llanfaes CP School, which has been a beacon in its commitment to creating a Dementia Friendly Generation since 2014, especially via the inter-generational project which we set up with Trenewydd Care Home in April 2015. Joan Brown, Chair of Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community says “We are now on our third cohort of year 6 pupils and, without exception, the children involved have enjoyed their time with their Trenewydd friends, who absolutely love the weekly visits and shared activities.”
Working in collaboration with the Brecon Area DFC Artist in Residence at Mountains Care Home, Pip Woolf, a Big Draw event was held at Brecon Guildhall on Saturday October 22nd. This brought together care home residents and staff, the Tea, Chat and Activities Group and children and adults from the community to explore the theme 'This is Me'. 167 pictures were produced and all displayed in the front window of Brecon Visitors Centre. Thank you to Brecon Town Council for hosting the event and the artists, Pip Woolf, Gil, Phillipine Sowerby, Veronica Gibson and Robert MacDonald for facilitating it.
This is ME was held in memory of Ken Steer a resident who lived at Mountains Care Home. We are grateful to Gwyneth, his wife, for making the event possible. A great day!
My Home Life is a UK wide initiative that promotes quality of life and delivers positive change in care homes for older people. We thought you might like to read their latest newsletter and find out about their great work. Click here to be taken to their website and the latest Newsletter.
The Welsh Government is planning a new Dementia Strategy for Wales. DEEP and The Alzheimer's Society are working together to ensure you have the opportunity to have your say on the things that matter to you. Two consultation events are taking place in Newtown and Llandrindod Wells, Powys and you are invited to attend. They wish to hear from people living with dementia including family, friends, partners or carers.
Please click here for full details, or call Rachel – 07720 538851or by email at Niblock@myid.org.uk or
Hayley – 07711561170or by email at Hayley.email@example.com
Brecon Rotary Club are committed to supporting the work of Brecon and Hay Dementia Supportive Communities. To date they have undertaken Dementia Friends Awareness training, supported the sensory garden at Trenewydd Care Home, sponsored the production of books for school children explaining about dementia and helped to raise awareness across businesses locally. Click here to follow the link to their site.
Big congratulations to the team from Brecon Medical Practice, made up of 3 GPs, 2 managers, and 14 receptionists, for completing the Alzheimer's Society Memory Walk at Glan Usk Estate earlier this month.
Right now in rural areas of Wales, people with dementia are facing isolation and stigma. Due to poor transport links, they and their carers can’t access help. In other instances, younger people with dementia are put in the same box as older people affected by the condition.
The Alzheimer's Society are now working with the Welsh government to change this but need more voices to strengthen their case. You can help by sharing your experience.
Whether you’re someone living with dementia, caring for someone with dementia, or see the day-to-day challenges that exist, The Alzheimer's Society want to hear from you. Please email Amy Kitcher at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you.
Don't miss The Big Draw - This is Me! This creative event is to be held this Saturday, 22nd October, at the Guildhall in Brecon from 11am to 4pm. Everyone is welcome and adults probably need to be accompanied by children! The event is based on the theme 'This is Me' and is being organised by Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community. All materials will be provided - come and leave your mark. The event is being held in memory of Ken Steer who lived at the Mountains Care Home.
Click here for more information. We hope you can come and join us!