A local charity are looking for a holiday planner to support people with dementia enjoy a holiday


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A local charity are looking for a holiday planner to support people with dementia from Coventry, Nuneaton and North Warwickshire enjoy an assisted holiday.

Cherish Dementia Holiday Trust provide organised holidays and day trips to people with Dementia and their carers. So far, they have organised two day trips, one in the summer and one just before Christmas. They are also running two holidays each year one in the Spring and one in the Autumn.

Cherish was founded by Janet Wright, a former occupational therapist, who realised how beneficial assisted holidays and day trips can be for people with dementia and their carers, by giving them a hassle free break from their day-to-day routine.

An interesting opportunity has arisen for someone with a background in travel, charity or health and social care, and who would like to do some sessional work in the Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull area.

Cherish Dementia Holiday Trust are looking for an organised and personable individual who is sensitive to the needs of people with dementia and their carers to help organise two five-day holidays and one or two day trips over the next year.

This could be a very enjoyable and satisfying role for an organised person in good health who may have recently retired, or is looking to work extra hours, involving visiting hotels and day venues, negotiating price, planning itineraries, paperwork, budgeting and accompanying the couples on their holiday or trip.

Please email Janet Wright at cherish-dementia-trust@hotmail.com for further information. If you would like an informal chat, please email your number to Janet and she will give you a call.


New Buddies group set up for people with dementia living in Leamington Spa


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“Some where to come to
Give a reason to come out of the house
Meeting friends
Having a chat about anything
Telling jokes and having a laugh
I learn something new each time i come
NO pressures
Hearing and telling awesome stories
Talk about anything that comes into your head”

‘Buddies’ was set up by people living with dementia and memory issues and is run by people with dementia and memory issues.

The aim of the group is to meet others in similar circumstances who want to share their experiences of living with memory loss and have their voices heard.

Come along meet chat, share, laugh and stay involved! First hot drink is on the house.

The group meets once a week at a local pub in Leamington Spa from 2pm to 4pm on a Thursday. Next meeting will be held on:

Thursday 13th April 2017

For more information please contact – Hazel 07748383023 or Jill 07747632042

Escape Art, ‘who am I’ taster sessions for carers and professionals

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Following on from the successful ‘who I am’ dementia workshops held earlier this year in North Warwickshire, Escape Arts will be hosting further three sessions in North Warwickshire borough.

Escape Arts have three ‘taster’ sessions to give a flavour of the course so that those who work in this field can sample what the course is about. This will then lead on to three further 5 week courses for carers and those they look after to attend if they wish.

Book on a course if dementia is something that affects you, a loved one or is simply something you would like to be better able to support. You can choose from the following 3 dates:

Monday, 15th May 2017

Newtown Centre Newtown Rd Nuneaton CV11 4HG 10 – 12pm

Monday, 19th June 2017

Atherstone Library Long st, CV9 1AX 1 – 3pm

Friday, 7th July 2017

Newtown Centre Nuneaton CV11 4HG 10 – 12pm

To book a place, contact Corinne on 07792 053757, or Email: corinnedavies@escapearts.org.uk

Visit Escape Arts Warwickshire website to find out more about their work to improve personal and community wellbeing.

More info: Why not drop-by your local libraries for dementia picture books and sources of information. The library team are always on hand to talk you through different titles and pass on feedback from other library users.


Free training for carers of people with dementia

shutterstock_559521646In April 2017, Guideposts and Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust are offering free training to those who are caring for someone with a recent diagnosis of dementia.

The course will take place at Hatters Space in Nuneaton and will run on the following Wednesdays in April, from 1-3pm:

  • 5th April
  • 12th April
  • 19th April
  • 26th April

Activities will be provided for the person who is being cared for if needed.

For more information, or to book a place, please contact Andrea Randall at Guideposts on 02476 385 888.

North Warwickshire working towards being dementia friendly

Warwickshire County Council’s Localities and Partnerships team in North Warwickshire, and North Warwickshire Borough Council ran their first Dementia Event on Tuesday 31st January. The event aimed to increase awareness of dementia and support organisations and communities within North Warwickshire in order to become a Dementia Friendly Community.

The event was a huge success and was attended by around 60 people from across both the Voluntary and Public sector. The day included a number of presentations on a range of topics including dementia awareness, case studies from communities and dementia friendly environments which encourage organisations to make small changes to public used buildings in order for people living with dementia to feel more comfortable and supported. The event concluded with all attendee’s making a pledge to help support dementia work in the borough.

19 attendees also became Dementia Friends on the day by attending the Dementia Friend’s session at the end of the event. These events will now be run annually and themed around a specific area of dementia.

Dementia day pic




Dementia Friendly Screenings at the Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse


The Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse are delighted to announce two forthcoming Dementia-Friendly Screenings  due to take place in the coming weeks.

Wednesday 8th March 12:00

Dad’s Army: A fond remake of the BBC Sitcom, with the iconic roles being taken on by a great cast of actors.

Wednesday 12th April 12:00

Gentleman Prefer Blondes: A 1953 classic, starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. 

Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits will be on offer in the café bar before the show. Tickets are £4.00 each plus a free ticket is available for carers.


Thyme to Be project for carers living in Coventry and Warwickshire


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Thyme to Be is a new project, funded by the Bupa Foundation.

The Project will start in February with an open day being held on:

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 –
11:00am to 3:00pm
at: Ryton Organic Gardens
Wolston Lane

The open day will offer an opportunity to showcase a wide variety of garden and nature based activities available at Ryton Organic Gardens with a focus on the use of gardening as a meaningful activity to provide sensory stimulation, exercise and fun.

  • refreshments will be provided
  • transport and replacement care can be provided by the Carers Trust Heart of England (limited availability)
  • it’s free!

Places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book a place please contact Ryton Organic Gardens by email or phone to secure a place.


Contact Phone: 024 7621 7747
Email: cbond@gardenorganic.org.uk


For more details about this project please visit: http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/events/thyme-be-open-day


New Reminiscence Sessions from Coventry Transport Museum & The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum


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Awaken the Arts

This session looks at highlights from our paintings collection and includes works by Sir Thomas Lawrence, L.S. Lowry and Ben Nicholson. Themes include portraits, landscapes and abstract art, and we explore how painting styles changed over time. Participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts on the themes and emotions evoked by the works of art.


Back to my Rootes

This session will take you through the history of the Rootes Group car manufacturer and its importance to the local area. We will make pit stops along the way, taking in the competition department, farming, show stoppers, Royals and Rootes during WWII.  With the use of images, original documents and objects to enhance the experience.


These sessions last between 45 minutes and an hour, depending on the needs of the group. To cover travel, staffing and resources, outreach sessions cost £45 for Coventry based sessions and £55 for sessions in Warwickshire.

For more information or to book a session contact Stacey Bains on 024 76237537 or email stacey.bains@culturecoventry.com


The Herbert Protocol for People with Dementia Who Go Missing


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The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme which has been adopted by Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police. It encourages carers, families, friends or neighbours, to hold information about the person with dementia that can help the police find them if they do go missing. The information will help the police and other agencies locate the missing person as quickly as possible and return them to safety.

The basis of the scheme is to record vital information about the person in one easily accessible form, such as:
– medication, description, photograph,
– significant places in the person’s life,
– their daily routine and previous home address

Here is the link to the Herbert Protocol printable Herbert Protocol form.

The form is retained by the Care Home or Individual Responsible. It is the responsibility of the Care Home/person in charge of the individual to ensure the form is completed, kept up to date and stored appropriately. The form will only be requested by Police when the person goes missing. Forms must be returned to the Care Home/person responsible once the information contained has been recorded on Compact Missing Person IT system.

The Forms can be scanned onto the persons Compact Missing Record, in the documents section and Tasks should be created as with any other missing person investigation.

The Herbert Protocol can be extended to families who are caring for an elderly relative or a person who takes an active role in the care or welfare of an elderly neighbour. However these people can sometimes get overlooked since they are not part of a larger organisation or Care Home.

More information can be accessed via Warwickshire Police website: The Herbert Protocol

A new weekly Buddies Group for people with dementia is being set up in Leamington


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Buddies Group is for people with Memory issues or Dementia. The aim of the group is to meet others in similar circumstances who want to share their experiences of living with memory loss and have their voices heard.

Come along to meet, chat, share experience, laugh and stay involved. The group will be meeting weekly in Leamington. First hot drink is on the house!

First meeting will be held in the New Year on

Thursday 19th January 2017 – 2pm to 4pm

For more information please contact Hazel on 07748383023 or Jill on 07747632042 –

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