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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
An innovative new dementia friendly project is up and running in Brecon. The Memory Box Loan Scheme, which is run by Brecon Museum and Art Gallery and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is aimed at those living with, or caring for, older people. Memory boxes have been made up and contain a range of objects from the 50's, 60's and 70's. The idea behind the boxes is that they can be used to stimulate memory and start conversations.
To find out more click here to read Jackie Newey's informative Blog. Jackie is the Project Officer for Powys Mental Health Information Service.
You may or may not be aware that this year Gwent will be having a very exciting flagship Memory Walk!
The Walk will be taking place on Sunday 9th October at 11am on the beautiful Glanusk Estate.
To make the Walk a success organisers need over 100 volunteers and they are therefore appealing to all of you to please consider volunteering at this event and to also spread the word far and wide to help recruit volunteers.
Click here to see the event flyer.
If you would like to volunteer please see contact details below.
Aimee Parker, Community Fundraiser - Gwent
Telephone: 07483 138049
A big thank you to the students of Class 4 at Penmaes School: Alanna, Abbie, Nia, Ethan, David, Colin, Andrew, Anne-Marie and Johnny, and their teacher Emma Hayes for the fundraising tea-party they held at the school at the end of the Summer term. It was a lovely afternoon, full of fun and laughter, in support of Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community. A special thank you to Anne Marie for her sponsored silence, which added to make a total donation of £109.11.
Well done and thank you to everyone involved. All working together to make a difference!
The party in full swing!
Rhiannon Davies, Joint Chair of Brecon Area DFC, enjoys the party
The host with the most!
On Tuesday 28th June, Rhiannon Davies and Trish Richardson delivered a Dementia Friends session to some of the trustees, staff and volunteers at Hay and District Dial a-Ride. 'Everyone thought it was very useful and interesting' said Lesley, the Dial-A-Ride manager. There are now plans to arrange a further session for those who were unable to attend.
A big thank you to those in Powys County Council Tenants Liaison Forum who became Dementia Friends at a session held in County Hall last week.
The session was very well received, sparking a lot of discussion, and Mrs Joyce Thomas, the Chair of the Forum, has since made contact with Simon Inkson, Head of Housing, requesting that all staff and management within the Housing department become Dementia Friends.
Click here to see Powys County Council's Tenant Newsletter, Open House, with a write up about Dementia Friends on page 6.