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.
A Carer’s Information programme (CriSP) has been arranged to run in South Powys in June through to July through the Alzheimer’s Society. Click here for details. There will also be programmes scheduled to run through July and August and hopefully September and October. Only 12 places per session so book now! Topics covered include:
Financial and Legal affairs
Day to day support and care
Looking after yourself (carers)
The details are outlined below. Please could you contact us if you are interested.
Dates - Wednesday 29th June and 6th, 13th and 20th July
Venue - The Subud Centre, Canal Bank, Brecon LD3 7HH
Time: The events will run from 1 to 3pm
Everyone is warmly invited to join staff and residents at the Mountains Care Home in Libanus for an Open Day celebrating National Care Open Day and Father's Day. The event is on the 17th June and starts at 2pm. The afternoon will have beach theme with a buffet, live music and crafts and games. Click here for full details. Rhiannon Davies, Joint Chair of Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community will be there with a stand and cakes! Also, Pip Woolf who is working at the Care Home as Artist in Residence (supported by the Dementia Friendly Community initiative) will be displaying work that has been produced to date by residents and staff, as well as sharing her experiences of being part of the Mountains Care Home. Everyone is welcome.
Below is a message from Joan Brown, Joint-Chair of Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community, following her visit to Liverpool SURF:-
I just have to write something as I feel so inspired after attending my second Liverpool SURF meeting. For anyone who doesn't know about SURF, (Service User Reference Forum), it's a group run by and for people living with dementia and their carers and it's amazing! Not only does the group provide support, information, friendship and fun for members, its impact across statutory services in Liverpool is truly inspiring, with policies covering a range of issues checked by SURF's committee prior to ratification.Read more
Some months ago, the Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community hosted a workshop focused on Dementia Meeting Centres. These innovative centres have existed for some time in the Netherlands and two are now operational in England, in Droitwich Spa and Leominster.
The well-attended workshop was a great success and it was followed-up during the recent Dementia Awareness Week with a public meeting to explore the possibility of establishing a Dementia Meeting Centre here in Brecon.
The public meeting was attended by over 30 people and Dr Shirley Evans from Worcester University and Hilary Mansell, carer and volunteer in Droitwich Spa, delivered presentations highlighting the steps required to open a meeting centre, the benefits to people with dementia and their families and carers, and the funding needed to make it possible.
The majority of people who attended the meeting indicated that they are in favour of a Dementia Meeting Centre being set-up in Brecon and most committed to offering support in helping this initiative come to fruition.
The next step is to form an Initiative Group to start the planning process and to lead up to bidding for funds in order to make a Brecon Dementia Meeting Centre a reality. Anybody interested in getting involved in this exciting and innovative initiative should contact either of the co-chairs of Brecon Area DFC:
Rhiannon Davies: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07940 961006
Joan Brown: email@example.com / 07533768575
With the help of Powys Libraries, Sharing Stories is a new literature based scheme specifically designed for older people, including those living with mild to moderate dementia or depression, their families and their carers. The session will be led by Emma Van Woerkom who is a poet and Shared Reading facilitator.
Emma says "In simple terms, I read a selection of passages and poems to the participants and after each, if they want to, we discuss them. I hope to draw out individual memories, discover shared feelings and experiences between the participants and build on these. By linking literature, listening and lives we'll grow in confidence, stimulate our thoughts and, hopefully, enjoy a trip down memory lane together."
Brecon Library is hosting a Shared Reading taster event and you are welcome to come along. The event is taking place on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 from 2pm to 3pm at the Library. You don't need to bring anything - just come along and bring a friend, relative or carer and enjoy a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Click here for full details of the event.