Award for Brecon Intergenerational Project

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.”
 

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Big Draw Success

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!

 

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My Home Life Newsletter

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.

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New Dementia Strategy for Wales - Have Your Say

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.horton@alzheimers.org.uk

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Brecon Rotary Club Support

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.

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Brecon Medical Practice Join in Memory Walk

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.

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Rural Isolation? Share Your Story

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  amy.kitcher@alzheimers.org.uk and someone will get back to you.

Thank you!

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Don't Miss The Big Draw - This is Me!

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!

 

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Next Carers Information and Support Programme

We are pleased to confirm that Alzheimer’s Society Gwent will be running a Carers Information and Support Programme (CrISP) starting on 25th October 2016.

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 well-being.  Click here for full information.  Please note:-

Places are limited to a maximum of 12 people and a minimum of 6

Venue:  The Subud Centre, Canal Bank, Brecon, Powys LD3 7HH

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Llanfaes Primary School - Walk and Award Nomination

Friday was a great day for the Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community.  Llanfaes Year 6 pupils, who are involved in our inter-generational project with Trenewydd Care Home, along with Year 5, did a Memory Walk to raise money for our group.

We started the day in Trenewydd with a warm-up led by the multi-talented Dementia Friends Champion Donna Gair, and some of the residents joined in with great enthusiasm from their chairs! We then completed a very scenic 5k walk, and lunching under cover of the trees when the rain came down didn't damp anyone's enthusiasm!  A huge thanks to GSM Automotive for sponsoring our tee-shirts, and also to Design4Ewe for making them.

We then walked back to Trenewydd for a celebration, but we weren't just celebrating the Memory Walk!  We were also able to tell the children that we have been shortlisted in the Alzheimers Society's National Awards (England & Wales), in the category 'Young Persons(s) Outstanding Contribution'.  We couldn't be more thrilled and excited!

Whatever the outcome this is a real tribute to all of the children who've been involved from the start (and we're now on our third Year 6 cohort), to the commitment of Llanfaes School as a whole and staff and residents of Trenewydd. The results will be announced at an event in London on 30th November, which will be attended by Llanfaes Head, Karen Lawrence, and Joan Brown, Joint Chair of Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community - so watch this space!

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