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Thinking Differently About Dementia – Family Carers Seminar

Read on for more information about possible Carers Seminars from Dementia Adventure:

Dementia Adventure have successfully applied for funding in order to run some Carer Seminars around the UK and we would like to run one in Warwickshire.  The seminars will be free for family carers and we are looking for like-minded partner organisations who currently support people living with dementia and their family carers.

We believe that our ‘Thinking differently about dementia family carers seminars’ enable carers to have a more detailed understanding of the disease, be able to recognise some of the key symptoms that people living with dementia may demonstrate and will assist in the development of key strategies to help both them and the person with dementia to live with these emotional, behavioural and sensory changes.

Our training focuses on delivering a positive message, we use a variety of delivery methods and the use of personal stories to assist people in putting the key messages into context.

We understand that it is essential for family carers to develop a core support network in their local areas to help them to carry on caring for their loved ones to the best of their ability, which is why we have chosen you as a potential partner organisation. We hope that by offering this partnership we can provide the key learning through training and the follow up support through local networks.

Session structure

Thinking Differently about Dementia, the objectives of the seminar:

What is dementia, the pathology in the brain, key symptoms, the importance of a diagnosis, communication strategies, looking at language, perception and the environment, why getting out in nature is important, looking at how we can do this through a sensory approach, discussing local and national networks of support.

Sessions last 3 hours with breaks and include some sensory exercises.

Participation in our seminars is important to us.  We keep the audiences small with 12-25 people on average attending. We aim to create a safe learning environment, supporting carers to feel comfortable enough to share their stories and to learn from each other.

Delegates will receive a delegate pack, containing key information covered on the day and information directing them to local/national support services/networks.

We would like to run one or two sessions in a day.

    • Session one, 1.30pm to 4.40pm.
    • Session two,  5.30pm to 8.30pm.

If possible we would like to run the afternoon session in conjunction with an existing support service, to enable carers who may need support around care for their dependant to attend (with the person with dementia attending the support service/group).   Places for the support service/group are to be booked by the person/carer, if required.

Dementia Adventure will arrange/supply all refreshments.

We would appreciate assistance from our partnership organisation to:

  • Find the right venue
  • Source an appropriate support service/group.
  • Assistance marketing the seminars to the right audience.
  • Attendance at the seminar by 1 or 2 members of staff or volunteers, who would receive free training and delegate pack.
  • Information and literature referencing local support/network organisations.

We would like to start running the seminars in the first quarter of 2017 and would ideally like to have venues/support services in place before the end of December 2016.

Should you feel that this is of interest to your organisation please do not hesitate to contact me on Tel 07531 215918 or by email kath@dementiaadventure.co.uk.


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Spotlight on Dementia Navigator Service

The Dementia Navigator Service is provided by the Alzheimer’s Society and commissioned by Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire Public Health. The service covers the county of Warwickshire and is designed to support people with dementia and their carers and families at any stage during the progression of dementia. This tailored support, identified via robust assessment, is provided in four ways:

Information – examples include

  • Factual information on dementia, tailored to specific diagnoses
  • Information on support groups/activities
  • Information on cognitive enhancers
  • Legal, financial and welfare information

Advice – examples include

  • Coping strategies
  • Care options and planning for the future
  • Coping with forgetfulness and day to day living

Signposting and referral – examples include

  • Benefit checks and applications
  • Statutory services, including liaison with the Memory Service, GP etc.

Emotional Support

  • For both the person with dementia and carers to support throughout the ongoing challenges of a progressive disease

Facts and Figures from April 2016 to March 2017

346 new referrals made to the service with 95% of those referrals responded to within one working day of the referral being received

A total of 734 clients of the service

770 visits made; outcomes fully met on 80% of all closed cases

1952 support phone calls made

Feedback from service users and professional referrers

“My navigator has been so supportive. She helped with information on specialist day care and alternative home care, which was just what I needed. She followed up on all the things she promised to do. I must also add that all the contact I’ve had with the Alzheimer’s Society has been very helpful. You do a great job.” (Carer)

“The navigator who came to see me was extremely helpful. We discussed every aspect of my husband’s condition. His condition continues to deteriorate but I am still able to cope.” (Carer)

“As far as I am concerned, I have nothing but praise for the dementia navigator’s service. The referral form is quick and easy to complete, initial contact is always made with the family/individual upon receipt of the referral and feedback from the relatives has been nothing but excellent. For our team, it is now an invaluable resource which we can signpost people to following diagnosis, or later on as their illness advances. We know that the navigators are highly qualified workers and I have no hesitation in referring to your service”   (Mental Health Professional).

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Support Stratford District to Become Dementia Friendly

Warwickshire County Council and Stratford District Council are asking for the help of the local population to support their community in becoming more dementia friendly and would like to invite you along to an event to find out more about how you and/or your organisation can get involved to support this initiative.

Date:Monday 11 September 2017

Time: 10.00am – 2.45pm

Location: Ettington Community Centre, Rogers Lane, Ettington CV37 7SX

While there you can:

  • Learn more about dementia;
  • Learn about the Dementia Friendly Communities initiative and the work of the Dementia Action Alliance;
  • Learn how to make a venue dementia friendly;
  • Participate in a Dementia Friends Session and become a Dementia Friend.

To book your place at this event or for more information please contact Marie Darwen by email marie.darwen@stratford‐dc.gov.uk or call 01789 260108. Please confirm attendance by Wednesday 6th September.


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Good Times Project hosts Tea Party Event on 18th August

On Friday 18th August, the Good Times Project will be hosting a 1950s Tea Party. The event will take place at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum. You can enjoy:
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  • Classic 1950s tunes;
  • Dancing from Strictly Jitterbug;
  • 1950s highlights from RAGM’s museum collection;
  • Crafts and board games;
  • Dressing up;
  • Refreshments (charges apply).



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