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.
On May 24th the Alzheimer’s Society invited Joan Brown and Rhiannon Davies, the Co-chairs of Brecon Dementia Friendly Community, to attend a Dementia Friendly Communities Showcase at Wales Millenium Centre in Cardiff to celebrate the communities, organisations and individuals helping to make Wales a dementia-friendly nation. Brecon’s work was highlighted through a film the Society had compiled and Joan Brown received a special award for being only one of two Dementia Friends Champions who have created over 1000 Dementia Friends. Sadly, Joan was unable to attend the event as she was unwell, but in recognition of her invaluable work and commitment we too add our congratulations. Well done, Joan!
The balloons below represent 45,000 Dementia Friends in Wales!
During Dementia Awareness Week, on Friday 20th May, a Coffee, Cake and Chat morning was held at Brecon Guildhall. A broad range of organisations were on-hand – Age Cymru, Alzheimer’s Society, Brecon MIND, Powys Carers Service, Crossroads, Mid and West Wales Fire Service, Care and Repair, Brecon Library and Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery – to give advice and information. Particularly welcome were the children from Llanfaes and Mount Street Primary schools who put up displays showing their commitment to becoming dementia-friendly.
Co-ordinated by Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community, the event was well attended with a lot of positive feedback. In addition we made £162 from coffee and cake sales and the lovely hand-sewn items made by Eileen Price.
A big thank you to everyone who contributed to make the event such a success. All working together to make a difference!
A big thank you to Russell, Baldwin and Bright for supporting Dementia Awareness Week by sponsoring the banner this year.
Thank you to TGV Hydro too - Nick, Gren and Gareth - for getting up early on a Sunday morning to hang it!
Photo: Leesa Williams from Russel Baldwin & Bright presenting a cheque for £350.
Llangors Primary School have been working to become Dementia Friendly for some time, having had awareness-raising sessions for staff and year 5 and 6 pupils in 2015 and being involved in an inter-generational project with Brookside Care Home.
In order to continue its commitment to being a Dementia Friendly School and to work towards dementia awareness becoming integral to school life, the current year 5 pupils recently attended a Dementia Friends session and what a great session it was! All 25 pupils were thoroughly engaged and enthusiastic and actively contributed to what was a very lively session. They were all extremely keen to become Dementia Friends and it is hoped that another inter-generational project can be developed so watch out for updates!