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.

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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


For more details about this project please visit:


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

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 –

Members of DEEP



Songs, books and memories at Atherstone Library – 8th December


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Atherstone Library will be hosting their second singing session for people with dementia  on 8th December.

Singing with people who have dementia builds on the fact that people with dementia can recall words of songs and melodies after other memories have faded. Singing can help people with dementia communicate and provides opportunities for people to express, explore or reflect on their emotions.  Some studies have shown that engagement in creative activity can help people to build a resistance to stressful situations that prevent them dealing with progressive health changes.

The condition of dementia is associated with profound and prolonged adjustmentshutterstock_3994576, for the people living with the condition and those closest to them. These adjustments relate to changes in an overall sense of wellbeing, communication (i.e. speaking and expressing needs and emotions), living in the world with others (relationships and social life), cognition and understanding – making sense of world and making decisions, organisation and structure, skills and physical abilities.

Through the music, confidence, mood and self-esteem are boosted.  But singing can also help to develop muscle mobility in face, throat and chest, which can collectively strengthen voice production, improve lung activity and capacity and improve posture.

As a creative and social activity, singing regularly in a social environment could support the well-being of people living with dementia and the people closest to them and help them deal with life changes.

Have fun together sharing memories with favourite songs,  as well as books and pictures at Atherstone Library. The next singing session will be held on:

Tuesday 8th December at 2.30pm

Atherstone Library, Long St, Atherstone, CV9 1AX.

To book a place please contact Atherstone Library on 01827 721675.



Coventry Community Festive Lunch and Pantomime – Wednesday 21st December


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At Herald Lodge  staff understand that Winter, and especially Christmas, can be a difficult and lonely time of year for the elderly.   The home prides itself on being an integral part of the local community and they are inviting local older people to join them for a festive feast on 21st December at 12:30. Staff feel this is a great benefit to people who may otherwise be lonely at Christmas, giving them much needed company and joy during the festive period, and also to their residents who continue to enjoy meeting new people with similar interests.shutterstock_3994576

The lunch is free of charge, and the invitation is open to all (although places may be limited). Following the Christmas lunch a Puss in Boots pantomime will be held at 14:30pm.

Herald Lodge is a 42 bed dementia care home which has a resident centred, varied activities programme, highly trained, caring and professional staff and state-of-the-art bedrooms with en-suite facilities.  The home also boasts a contemporary on-site hair salon and landscaped sensory gardens.

Please contact Herald Lodge’s Front of House Manager – Rachel Hallinan – on Tel: 02476 671 040 about any questions from yourself or your relatives, or please feel free to pop in for a look around the home, the address is below:

Herald Lodge, 100 Canley Road, Canley, Coventry, CV5 6AR


Side by Side – Vintage Afternoon Tea event in Bedworth, 26th November

Alzheimer’s Society Warwickshire are celebrating the launch of Side by Side Project across North Warwickshire and Coventry in 2016 and they would like to invite you to a Vintage Afternoon Tea held on Saturday 26th November at 1-4pm, at Bedworth Ex Servicemen’s Social Club, Rye Piece Ringway, Bedworth CV12 8JH.

The Society would love you to join them to meet other people living with dementia, carers, volunteers, Alzheimer’s Society staff and stakeholders involved with the project.


To get in the celebration spirit the Society have arranged music from the 50s and 60s and would love people to dress up in outfits from the era.

If you are unable to attend but think you may know others who would be interested please share details of this event with them.

To confirm your attendance please RSPV by either emailing

or by Telephoning 0121 700 7361.

We are looking forward to seeing you on 26th November!


Warwickshire’s NEW Living Well with Dementia website


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We wanted to let you know about exciting developments to enhance Warwickshire’s Living Well with Dementia website – previously, The Living Well with Dementia Portal.

The Living Well with Dementia Portal (website) was first launched in 2012 and has received much praise. As part of Warwickshire’s refreshed Living Well with Dementia Strategy (2016-2019),  WCC Public Health, Communications and Strategic Commissioning, People Group have been working with a local website developer – Formation Media, to enhance the website to maximise its use by people across Warwickshire. The new website will make navigation through the webpages easier and includes new features including a support and services map to enable people to search for dementia services in the local area. Developments have been based on local consultation and best practice guidance.


The new website can be accessed through the following URL:

The website can be used by anyone who would like to know more about dementia – this includes people with dementia, carers, family and friends of people living with dementia, individuals, groups and organisations who would like to know more about becoming dementia friendly and practitioners supporting people with dementia.


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