Continuing Support from Llangors Primary School

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!

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Priory Church in Wales Primary School

Priory Church in Wales School is the latest primary school in the Brecon area to commit to becoming Dementia Friendly. Staff recently attended an awareness-raising session resulting in making another 15 Dementia Friends. Year 5 and 6 pupils will be having their sessions on 14th June, following which plans are in the pipeline to establish an inter-generational project with Morgannwg House, so watch this space for updates on developments!

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Scouts are Dementia Friends

Two groups of scouts in Brecon have recently attended Dementia Friends Awareness Sessions, delivered by Joan Brown, Joint Chair of Brecon Dementia Friendly Community, which they appeared to enjoy and find interesting.  At the end of each session all of the scouts committed to taking actions as Dementia Friends and were keen to share what they'd learned with their families.  29 new Dementia Friends were made, further strengthening Brecon's growing Dementia Friendly generation.

 

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Liverpool SURF - Tommy Dunne

Tommy Dunne is co-chair of the highly successful and effective Liverpool SURF Group, which is run by and for people living with dementia and their carers. SURF Liverpool has had a huge impact on the lives of those involved, not only providing much needed support and advice but also having input to a range of statutory and third sector organisations which have an impact on those affected by dementia, and thereby influencing services and developments.

In addition to his pivotal role in Liverpool SURF, Tommy is hugely active and influential on the board of the Dementia Action Alliance and as a member of the DAA national and local transport groups. Tommy has given presentations to conferences in Holland, Belgium and Hungary and at various events across the UK. Tommy can be seen on YouTube in a film made by the Department for Health, "Meet Tommy Dunne".

Joan Brown, co-chair of Brecon Area Dementia Friendly Community has had the privilege of attending a SURF meeting and of getting to know Tommy and his lovely wife Joyce, who is shortlisted for Merseyside Women of the Year 2016, and describes them both as inspirational. Joan will be attending the next SURF meeting on 3rd June and Brecon Area DFC is hoping to establish a SURF group locally in the coming months based on the Liverpool model.

Click here to read a moving and inspirational speech delivered by Tommy at a recent conference in Hungary and you can follow Tommy on Twitter using @TommyTommytee18

Pictured below are Tommy Dunne and Joan Brown

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Brecon Community Give Generously

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Bag packing volunteers at Morrisons Superstore collected an impressive £497.04 on Saturday 21st May.  The money raised will go directly to support those in our local community living with, or supporting someone with dementia.  Joint-Chair of Brecon Dementia Friendly Community, Rhiannon Davies, said "Once again the people of Brecon have shown their support and given so generously.  All the money raised will go directly to support local activities and events.  Thank you to everyone who donated, and our volunteers and the staff at Morrisons store."  Check out our 'What's On' page to find out about local events and activities.

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The Big Lottery Fund - Thinking About Dementia

The Big Lottery Fund shared their thoughts on dementia during Dementia Week.  Click here to see their blog and links to other dementia projects across the country.

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Alzheimer's Society Consultation

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Ageing Creatively Event at Theatr Brycheiniog

Don't miss this exciting event at Theatr Brycheiniog this Tuesday!  Click here for the full timetable.  Some events are free and for some there is a small charge.  All are welcome. 

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Dementia Friendly Events at Hereford Courtyard

A host of dementia friendly activities are taking place at the Courtyard, Hereford as part of their Remember Me 2016 programme.  Click here for full details.  All activities are free, but some do require booking - so don't leave it too late!

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Dementia Meeting Centre Initiative

Dementia Meeting Centres are a new dementia support service catering for people with mild to moderate dementia and their carers.  Leominster is leading the way, and it is hoped that Brecon will also have it's own Meeting Centre soon.

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