Brecon and District MIND - Open to All

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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@breconmind@org.uk for further information.

 

 

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Neuro Voice Powys

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.

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Carers Support and Information Programme (CrISP) - Crickhowell

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.

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Dementia Matters in Powys - Employment Opportunities

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.

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Support Llandrindod Memory Walk

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Thank You to Brecon Rotary Club

With thanks to Brecon Rotary Club for inviting us to share their tent at Brecon Show this year, and enabling us to attend Sennybridge Show on Saturday 3rd September.

We are very pleased and grateful to be working in partnership with the Club, which continues to be supportive in many ways and has named Brecon Area DFC as their local charity of the year. A big thank you to Mike Evans the President, and the Rotary members - all working together to make a difference!

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Magic Moments - Regional Seminar

A regional seminar is to be held on 16th September 2016, from 9.30am to 4.00pm at Llandewi Parish Hall in Llandrindod Wells.  The seminar is being run by The Older People's Commissioner for Wales, working in partnership with Credu: Connecting Carers (formerly known as Powys Carers Service) and Taith and aims to explore how to create magic moments that make life big for care home residents and build positive experiences for everyone living, working in or visiting care homes.

Click here for full details.

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Powys Dementia Network Meeting - Date Set

The date has been set for the First Powys Dementia Network Meeting.  The meeting will be held on 26 September 2016, from 2pm to 4.30pm and refreshments will be provided.  The venue will be in Knighton - exact details to follow shortly.

Agenda items will cover the following:

  • Innovative Speaker
  • Feedback from both conferences held in Powys in association with Older People's Commissioner
  • Update on Dementia Friendly Communities development in Powys
  • Updates about innovation in Dementia - Powys
  • Updates in memory assessment clinics and Butterfly schemes in hospitals
  • Opportunity to talk with colleagues from Health Board and Powys County Council

More information to follow shortly.  If you are interested click here to register your interest or contact PAVO for further information - Contact:  Ruth Middleton, PAVO - :    01597 822191 or email at ruth.middleton@pavo.org.uk

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A Dementia Friend's Inspiring Story

We wanted to share this inspiring story with you, courtesy of the Alzheimer's Society Dementia Friends' Newsletter.  The story comes from a Dementia Friend who attended a session run by Champion Sara Moreland.

'Over the weekend I went for a walk along the country lanes around the area where I live. During my walk I bumped into an elderly woman who asked me the way to get to Barming. At the time we were in East Farleigh, which is about a 20 minute walk at a brisk pace from Barming. I chatted with the woman and, based on the Session you gave us a while ago, I recognised that she may have dementia. I was not convinced she would be able to make it home on her own so I offered to escort her home. Fortunately she could remember her address so we set off and chatted as we walked.

The bookcase analogy you gave in the Session really helped me to understand her changing ability to remember where we were going and other events of her life. She could remember when she was born but not her age (89 years), she could remember her children, but also at times said that her father would be along shortly to give her a lift to school.

I think the Session you gave really helped me to recognise that this woman needed help and to understand how to help her and I can really see how Sessions like this could create a more dementia-friendly environment.'

Contact us if you would like to become a Dementia Friend and make a difference.

 

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Become a Dementia Friendly Retailer!

Dementia is everyone's business.  Here in Powys there are estimated to be as many as 2,500 people living with dementia, and that number is set to increase to more than 3,750.  Many people with dementia consider shopping to be one of their favourite activities but often no longer feel confident shopping alone as their dementia progresses.  Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community has produced a guide for businesses and retailers which explains more about dementia and offers practical ideas to help provide a dementia friendly environment for customers.  Click here to download the free guide.

The Alzheimer's Society have also produced guidance for retailers and you can find out more by visiting their site. Click here for more information.

 

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