Awaken the Arts with people with memory problems – new sessions at Herbert Art Gallery

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Awaken the arts takes place every Tuesday of each month at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry. They are a chance to explore our visual arts collection with our arts education specialist Brian Scholes. The sessions are designed specifically for people experiencing difficulty with concentration or memory and their friend, partner or carer to enjoy together.

Tuesday 3rd May, 11am-12.30pm

The session will focus on the exhibition Degas’ Dancers – a small collection of works by the French Impressionist Edgar Degas, currently on loan from the Courtauld Institute.

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Tuesday 7th June, 11am-12.30pm

The session will look at Grayson Perry’s tapestries in his exhibition, The Vanity of Small Differences. Focusing on the idea of stories in art, other works in the collection will also be explored.

Tuesday 5th July, 11am-12.30pm

The session will look at some of the highlights from the collection including works by Stanley Spencer, David Bomberg, Joan Eardly and L.S.Lowry.

The session costs £5 per person.

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

To book you place please contact Stacey Bains on 024 7623 7537 or email stacey.bains@culturecoventry.com

For more details please visit the Herbert Art Gallery.

Dementia awareness training opportunities for front-line workers in Warwickshire

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Dementia is one of our most significant public health priorities, as it has far reaching effects on people who live with the condition, their carers, family, friends, communities, businesses, health, social care and voluntary services and the economy.

Please find attached information on Dementia Awareness – Dementia Friendly Communities training opportunities available from May 2016 to July 2016.  DFC_April_2016_ to_July_2016

These FREE half day workshops are aimed at those working in front-line community, health and social care organisations, and businesses in Warwickshire who may come into contact with people living with dementia, or their carers, as part of their day to day service provision.

The workshops have been commissioned by Warwickshire County Council through Public Health and will contribute to raising awareness and understanding of dementia – which is a key element of Warwickshire’s Living Well with Dementia Strategy. Sessions will also contribute to enhancing the skills of frontline workers in Making Every Contact Count.

The attached information gives further details, and information about how to book a place. Please forward this information to colleagues that you feel would benefit from this training, and where appropriate encourage their attendance.

If you are unable to attend a three hour face to face course but still want to find out more about Dementia, the Dementia Friends Initiative offers a range of opportunities for people to enhance their awareness of dementia. Dementia Friends Information Sessions last for up to one hour and may be ideal for groups / teams who do not have capacity to attend a three hour training course.

Alternatively, people can become Dementia Friends by signing up online by visiting www.dementiafriends.org.uk  Please see the attached ‘Dementia Friends’ resource to find out more. Dementia_Friends_getting_involved_Jan 16

Thank you for your support in helping us to work towards creating a Dementia Friendly Warwickshire.

Fore more information please email dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk

North Warwickshire Borough is on the way to becoming dementia friendly

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North Warwickshire Dementia Friendly Community held their inaugural meeting on 17th March to launch their approach and share commitment to becoming a dementia friendly community. The meeting was well attended and proved to be very successful. Partners included, for example, North Warwickshire Borough Council, Arley Community Centre, Guideposts carers support service and Age UK.

The dementia friendly communities programme focuses on improving the inclusion and quality of life of people with dementia so they could remain valued, connected and involved members of their local community. The programme was launched in line with the Prime Ministers challenge on dementia in July 2012.

North Warwickshire Dementia Friendly Community have already proved they are progressing the initiative locally, and managed to achieve the following:

  • Atherstone Leisure Complex are offering free swim vouchers for people living with dementia and their carers during Dementia Awareness Week. This entitles the person with dementia and their carer to go swimming for free at the centre, during the week commencing 16th May;
  • Following a premises environment check from the Alzheimer’s Society, a number of changes have taken place at the Atherstone Leisure Complex centre. These changes have included new flooring, removal of clutter, new signage, staff training and improved lighting;
  • A North Warwickshire event is being held on Wednesday 18th May at the Volunteers Centre in Atherstone to promote the range of activities being offered to people with dementia living in North Warwickshire. There will be an opportunity for community groups/organisations to attend to promote their service and offer activities. Activities will include, for example, musical sing-a-long, memory boxes or oomph session (a gentle seated exercise session). Please contact Martin Horner on 01827 717073  if you wish to book a space to promote your services;
  • A Dementia Friends session is being held on Thursday 19th May at Atherstone Leisure Complex. People can sign up to the course at https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/ or contact Becky Evans via details provided at the bottom of this article. If any groups or organisations would like to organise a Dementia Friends Session, please contact Keeley on Waldron@alzheimers.org.uk;
  • There are plans to start a number of dementia cafés in the community and local care homes, for example, a dementia café is due to start on May 6 (afternoon) in Water Orton.

On another note, the Aviva Women’s Tour (a prestigious world cycle race) is coming to North Warwickshire in June. Stage 2 of the event is actually starting in Atherstone on Thursday 16th June. To help create a carnival atmosphere we are asking all community groups/organisation, schools, nurseries, and children centres from across North Warwickshire borough, to decorate some bunting. We will provide the fabric, and we are asking everyone to decorate an individual piece of bunting which we will collect and join together. This will be used to decorate the route.

For more details please contact:

Becky Evans

Community Development Officer, North Warwickshire Borough

Tel: 01827 719346

Email: BeckyEvans@northwarks.gov.uk

 

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Warwickshire Reminiscence Action Project – reminiscence therapy and training in dementia awareness

Warwickshire Reminiscence Action Project are a voluntary run organisation supporting people with dementia and their families in Stratford upon Avon area. WRAP have over 20 years’ experience in reminiscence therapy and provision of support through a series of training options.
Here is information on training courses currently provided by WRAP:

Reminiscence Awareness Course

WRAP believes that this is the course for all who are caring for someone, especially if they are caring for individuals who are living with dementia or have other disabilities and of older age.

Learning outcomes for the day are geared to communication skills and knowledge of how Reminiscence Therapy improves wellbeing in participants and staff. Dementia Awareness is also discussed within the day’s programme which is activity based through group work.

This course is Level One accredited with the Open College Network, West Midlands.

All who work with people on the Dementia journey should attend this course
– previous delegate

Next Reminiscence Awareness course:
Date: Wednesday 27th April
Where: Briar Croft Alcester road Stratford upon Avon
Time: 09:30 – 16:00hrs
Cost: £89.00
Please contact WRAP to book.


Looking After A Loved One Support Programme (LAALO – previously CISP)

LAALO is an informal, people-friendly information and support programme for people looking after a loved one who is in the early stages of the dementia journey, regardless of the type diagnosed. The programme is free to attend and runs for two hours, one day a week, for eight weeks – all we ask is that you make a commitment to attend as many sessions as you can.

During the programme you will:

  • learn about the different types of dementia
  • receive help with finance and legal issues
  • find out how reminiscence promotes wellbeing for your loved one
  • discover techniques for coping with stress
  • meet with Guidepost Trust representatives and others

Places on the programme are limited to ten, if the next programme is full, you will automatically be placed on the waiting list.

Next LAALO programme:
Date:  Thursday 28th April
Where:  Wellesbourne Village Hall
Time: 10:00 – 12:00hrs
Cost: FREE
Please contact WRAP to book.


Reminiscence Therapy OCN Level 2/3 Course

If you wish to become proficient in delivering Reminiscence Therapy workshops, this is the course for you.

The Reminiscence Therapy course is an eight week training programme that involves some distance learning. It takes place at a venue of the learner’s choice, working with people who are volunteers for the duration of the training, supported by a WRAP tutor.

The programme starts with an information giving meeting which involves the trainee, the manager of the establishment where the training is to take place and the trainer, contracts are then exchanged and preparation meetings booked, volunteers recruited and all other necessary administration is carried out.

Access to WRAP’s extensive resources are provided via our resource library based at Stratford Hospital on a weekly basis.

The course is Level Two accredited with the Open College Network, West Midlands.

In addition a “life review” can be undertaken together with a written paper to achieve a Level Three pass. Both the Level Two and Three passes are dependent on a successful evaluation and observation at the end of the training period taking place. (See Fair Assessment PolicyOpens in a new window.)

As part of the package trainees will also receive a WRAP Reminiscence Manual and Trainee Record Book in addition to other supporting material.

Next Reminiscence Therapy programme:
Cost: £500
Please contact WRAP to discuss.


Bespoke Inter-Generational Training

WRAP also provides bespoke group training workshops for organisations. The staff team have experience of working in schools and with community groups that provide for those of older age. This type of inter-generational work is successful in bridging the cultures of today and those of yesteryear. WRAP has recently worked in Bidford on Avon on a project that looked at the topic of remembrance. Linking with the Jolly Tea Pot Cafe and its members, young people from Bidford recorded on film the members concepts of today’s youth and how they could work together. The remembrance part of the project involved those who where on the front line and those on the home front. The participants carried out workshops in the local school and children created Anderson shelters out of furniture and sheets. They also created a war-time meal and asked questions and listened to the experiences from the survivors.

Other workshops included poetry, music and games, that culminated in the young people taking part in the remembrance Sunday parade and the laying of poppies on the war memorial.

Other work has been with pupils from Alcester High School who have been working on a memory board that has been funded by Balfour Beatty Construction through the Prince’s Trust. It was presented to the community of Alcester.

Please contact WRAP for details.

A new Dementia Support Café to be launched in May in Rugby

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A new Forget-Me-Not Dementia Support Café is being launched at Anya Court care home, Dunchurch Road, Rugby, in their Tea for Two café, on

Tuesday 10 May

 from 2.30 – 4.30pm

Moving forwards this café will be held on the second Tuesday of every month as an informal get together over coffee & cake for those living with dementia and their carers.

The café will offer an informal get-together opportunity for carers and people living with dementia to share experiences, develop friendships and access information about support available locally.

There is charge for the café but any donations will be sent to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Please contact Karen Handley (Anya Court) for more details: 01788 811976.

Queen’s 90th Birthday – Coventry’s Reminiscence Sessions

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Looking for something special to celebrate the Queen’s birthday?

The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry can offer reminiscence sessions with a range of souvenirs and objects made especially to celebrate events involving the Queen’s family and her reign.

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The sessions can raise lots of fond memories about coronations, births, royal weddings and anniversaries that have happened in our Queen’s lifetime.

These sessions last between 45 minutes and an hour, depending on the needs of the group. Those taking part will be able to handle real museum objects from the past, learn about them from a museum learning officer and take part in active discussion within the group. The session costs £55 to cover travel, staffing and resources.

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

 

Bidford Dementia Cafe – a place to share memories and experiences

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Bidford Dementia Café is the initiative of the Patients Participation Group (PPG) linked to the Bidford Health Centre and fully supported by the Practice Partners.

The aim of the Café is to provide a safe and homely environment to help and support people with memory problems / dementia and their families, carers, and volunteers to enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable morning by socialising and participating in activities and sharing experiences with each other.

The Café is run by volunteers on a weekly basis every Monday (except Bank Holidays) between 10.30 am and 12.30 pm on a “drop in” basis, at Westholme Court in Bidford on Avon, B50 4AL. The Café is free of charge and refreshments are available. It is open to residents in Bidford and the surrounding areas.

There is a programme of activities which includes socialising, playing various games, musical and photographic memories, entertainment, presentations and various forms of exercise. You will be able to just sit and chat or join in with some social games and activities. We want you to feel a warm, friendly and social atmosphere and leave feeling that you have had a nice time.

In addition carers will have the opportunity to meet each other in order to get the much needed support they need. There will also be regular monthly group meetings for the carers including specialised talks from professionals.

As the Café gets more established then more activities and events will be added to the programme for everyone. We want to get to know you and understand your requirements in order to provide the help and support that everyone needs.

You can tell us what support you are looking for, it may be, for example:

  • Coping strategies · Coping with stress · Benefits · Homes checks · Home Help and Carers Short Break Services · Planning the future · Power of Attorney · Wills · Support services and signposting

We are here to help in any way we can, there is no need to feel alone!

For further information Telephone: Wendy on 0771 364 8716 (if no reply please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible)

 

Happy New Year from Coventry and Warwickshire Living Well with Dementia Partnership

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Happy New Year to all our followers!

Welcome back from the long Christmas break, we all hope you had a nice time despite the rainy and windy weather.

Officers at Warwickshire County Council have been busy setting priorities for the coming year and we wanted to share some of these with you:

  • We are finalising the refresh of Warwickshire’s Living Well with Dementia Strategy for the next 3 years to support people with dementia and their carers, who live in Warwickshire. The key objectives within the strategy will be:

– Raising Awareness and Understanding of dementia
– Provision of Timely Diagnosis and Support
– Living Well with Dementia through the provision of a wide range of community support services including support to carers
– Living Well with Dementia in acute/residential/housing with care setting
– Developing an informed and effective workforce across all services;

When this have been approved (expected by spring 2016) we will be publishing the re-freshed strategy on our living well with dementia portal: http://www.livingwellwithdementia.org

  • Warwickshire County Council and partners (such as Coventry City Council, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust, health services providers and voluntary sector agencies) will be raising awareness of dementia during this year’s Dementia Awareness Week in May, encouraging local service providers to showcase their offer of support available to citizens of Warwickshire;
  • We will be looking at developing a new Dementia and Arts pilot exploring the positive effects that arts activity can have for people living with different forms and stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia;
  • We will be working closely with the provider market, customers and carers to scope out and develop an improved local offer of Extra Care Housing[1] for people with dementia.
  • Coventry and Warwickshire Dementia Action Alliance will be progressing their priority areas for 2016 to increase the number of dementia friendly communities in Warwickshire. These priority areas are: transport, GPs, dentists, opticians, banks and retail market. Through the work of the Coventry and Warwickshire Dementia Action Alliance we will continue to work towards supporting development of more Dementia Friendly Communities and encouraging more individuals to become Dementia Friends.
  • We will work towards increasing the number of Dementia Friends in Warwickshire to 20,000 by the end of 2018;
  • We will work towards improving diagnosis rates and post diagnosis support offer, and improve access to co-ordinated but personalised advice, information, care and support. All people diagnosed with dementia will be receiving a Post Diagnostic Pack including a range of awareness raising and signposting resources helping them to find support during all stages of their diagnosis and post diagnosis journey;
  • We will be improving the interactivity of the Coventry and Warwickshire Living Well with Dementia Portal (livingwellwithdementia.org);
  • We will aim to further promote and increase sign up from health and care organisations to Warwickshire’s Dementia Workforce Vision and Pledge;
  • We will work with GP practices in Warwickshire to offer dementia awareness training for their reception staff.

It is estimated that there are currently 7,615 people in Warwickshire living with dementia. This number will increase by approximately 34% to just over 11,000 in the next ten years. By increasing awareness and understanding of dementia and developing a wider offer of support available we can make a real difference to improving the lives of people living with dementia and also support those who care for them.

For more details please contact Ewa Niepsuj on dementiapartnership@warwickshire.gov.uk

[1] Extra Care Housing is also known as assisted living or housing with care. People who live in Extra Care Housing have their own self-contained homes, their own front doors and a legal right to occupy the property, with varying levels of care and support available on site 24 hours. You can find out more about Extra Care Housing option is Warwickshire here. http://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/extracare

 

Dementia Wellbeing Cafe to be launched in Stratford upon Avon in December

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Are you living with dementia?

Dementia cafés are drop-in centres offering a friendly and safe environment, where people living with dementia, and their family and friends, can come to meet others who are in the same boat, have a chat over a cup of coffee, share experiences and information, and learn about support available in their local communities.

Dementia cafés offer sessions with speakers from a range of organisations covering a variety of topics that help to support individuals living with dementia, their spouses, partners or children. The cafés can also provide a range of fun activities including singing and playing games from the past.

Springfield Mind will soon be launching a new Dementia Wellbeing Café in Startford upon Avon to offer support local people living with dementia and their carers.

When:
Saturdays
10:00am – 12.00(noon)
Where:
Stratford Methodist Church
Old Town
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6BG

PROGRAMME for Saturday 5th December 2015:
Doors open at 10am for light refreshments
10:15 Welcome and meet the team
10:30 Presentation – 5 Ways to wellbeing
11:00 Sessions: Carers group / Activities for all
12:00 Close

For more information and other services visit our website: www.springfieldmind.org.uk, or Call our office: 01789 298615

MP shows his support to a local dementia café

Local MP, Nadhim Zahawi, visited Alcester Café in October, to see for himself how it had increased in number since his last visit, what improvements had been implemented and the vision for dementia care in Alcester.

After talking to various members at the café he sat with founder chairman Carole Zambonini and day care treasurer Margery Pickering to discuss how he could support them and the volunteer day care team with the next step – affordable day care for those with dementia.  The main problem they have is finding a site or suitable premises where day care could be held.

Day care will give carers some time for respite whilst the person with dementia is looked after in a friendly and safe environment. For more information regarding day care or the café contact Carole 01789 488088.

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