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!
Living through Landscapes is an innovative new project designed to support people with dementia by transforming outdoor spaces at 30 care homes throughout the UK. The project aims to support settings to improve the use of outdoor space through a ‘dementia friendly’ consultation and engagement process, landscape changes, and training and support to care settings. Thirty settings will be directly funded throughout the three years of the project, but the resources developed including podcast or online versions of training and the garden designs will be available to any other setting who would like to take steps to improve the use of their own outside space.
Follow this link http://dementiagarden.org.uk/about/ to find out all about the project and how you could apply for a place on the project for your care home.
The organisation, Dementia Matters in Powys, has grown out of a grass roots initiative, the Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community. Led by community volunteers, the project’s strength lies in its partnership and facilitative approach; seeking out and sharing good practice, networking and linking with other organisations and agencies, highlighting potential and resources, and within all of this giving a voice to those living with dementia so all outcomes are based on identified need. Fundamental to this way of working is the importance of doing things ‘with’ people rather than ‘for’ them, thus creating a community that respects, values and empowers those living with dementia and their carers, promoting independence and choice.
Click here to read more.
Care and Repair Cymru are applying for funding to run a new project to help older people stay safe in their own homes. The initiative - known as The Attic Project - aims to help older people keep on top of their possessions and belongings, preventing the build up of too much 'clutter' which can become hazardous. The assistance would comprise practical help with sorting and sifting items to keep homes safe. Click here to read all about the proposed project and here if you would like to complete and return their questionnaire.
Big congratulations to Helen Perkins for completing the City to Sea walk between Exeter & Torquay, on 3rd September 2016. A total distance of 26 miles. Despite the torrential rain and the muddy conditions Helen kept going, and completed the walk in 10 hours raising £510 in sponsorship money.
The funds will go towards supporting ‘Tea, Chat and Activities’, a dementia-friendly community initiative in Brecon for those living with dementia and their family carers - click here for full details. Thank you, Helen, your thoughtfulness and generous contribution is much appreciated.
Become a Dementia Friends Champion by attending a whole day volunteer induction session. You’ll see a Dementia Friends Information Session delivered by a Regional Support Officer and then learn how to deliver the session yourself with the chance to discuss the activities and our key messages, before taking part in a practice presentation. Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own lunch.
For anyone interested in becoming a Dementia Friends Champion, and running Dementia Friends sessions within the community, there is training in Merthyr Tydfil on Monday 10th October, 10am – 4pm.
Registration is essential. Click here for full details.
We want to tell you about Brecon and District MIND! Brecon and District MIND offer a wide range of activities including art groups, outdoor activities, cookery, creative writing and pottery either in their Brecon premises or at one of the outreach projects. The activities are open to any member of the community in need of support with their mental well-being including those with dementia.
Visit their website at http://breconmind.org.uk/how-can-we-help/weekly-programme-activities/weekly-programme/
If you would like to find out more, please contact the office on 01874 611529 or info@firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Jacquie Brown, Neuro Voice Development Officer, recently visited Trenewydd Care Home in Llanfaes with Year 6 pupils of Llanfaes Primary School. Jacqui was able to see the transformation to the outside garden area - the result of an intergenerational project between Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community, Llanfaes Primary School pupils and residents at the Care Home. Click here for Jacqui's report, and a report of her visit to The Guildhall during Dementia Awareness Week.
We are pleased to confirm that Alzheimer’s Society Gwent will be running a Carers Information and Support Programme (CrISP) starting on 20th September 2016.
The initial course, which will take place at Crickhowell Parish Hall, 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 details.
Dementia Matters in Powys (DMP) is a newly established organisation that has grown out of a grass roots initiative, the Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community. In conjunction with PAVO, who will host the posts, DMP is seeking to recruit the following roles - a Dementia Community Support Officer and an Administrative Support Officer. For full details of these roles you can contact PAVO on 01597 822191, or visit their website at www.pavo.org.uk or click here for full details. The closing date for both roles is 9th September 2016 at 9am.