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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.