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RUGBY DEMENTIA CONFERENCE

RUGBY DEMENTIA CONFERENCE

Supporting dementia friendly communities across Rugby Borough

 

Rugby’s first dementia conference took place on Wednesday 7 February 2018, as part of a series of events that are being organised across the county to help raise awareness of dementia and agree what action can be taken locally to make Rugby Borough more dementia friendly.

Approximately 75 people, mainly from across the community, voluntary and public sectors, attended the conference, to hear talks on the national context for people living with dementia, what is available in Warwickshire to support people living with dementia and some personal perspectives from people with direct experience of living with dementia, from those with the condition to those who are caring for people with dementia.

There was a “market place” where organisations offering services, support or activities for people living with dementia were able to network and provide information to those attending.

The conference also included a series of workshops focussing what we (individuals, groups and organisations) can do to make Rugby Borough more dementia friendly, under the following headings:

  • Dementia friendly environments
  • Dementia friendly groups
  • Dementia friendly communities

25 people also became Dementia Friends by attending the dementia friends information session at the end of the event. (for more information, please visit: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/

A booklet outlining the activities and support for people living with dementia in Rugby Borough was also launched. This will be available via the WCC Rugby Area Team webpage at: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/rugbyareainformation

The event was organised in partnership between: Warwickshire County Council Community Safety and Locality Working Service (Rugby Team), Rugby Dementia Support, Alzheimer’s Society, Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (WCAVA) and Rugby Borough Council.

Next steps: The conference planning group will be meeting at the beginning of March to look at the feedback from the event, both from the workshops and the evaluation forms. A follow up session will be organised to take any action forward.

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Thyme to Be

Thyme to Be is a project that has been designed to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of family carers by providing practical horticultural-related activities in a relaxed setting. The wealth of research shows carers are often significantly disadvantaged by their caring role experiencing social isolation, loneliness and depression and not having time for themselves, socialising, or general down time. It can lead to them feeling overwhelmed, frustrated and depressed. Garden Organic is encouraging them to take time to relax, take a break and explore their own interests. Time will be given for a sociable lunch using healthy, fresh, home grown produce. Our evidence shows being involved in growing/gardening and the outdoors encourages reduced stress, improved diet, eating more fruit and veg, and being more active. Carers we have contact with report how beneficial they would find this activity. At a recent session one carer said ‘I had thoroughly enjoyed doing some simple, practical activities and felt inspired to go home and share the experience with her mother whom she cares for…’

Contact us for more info:

Email: education@gardenorganic.org.uk

Tel: 0247 6217 747

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See, Hear, Act

People who receive social care support have said when they receive good care and support

“I have access to a range of support that helps me live my life“

“I am in control of my support in my own way “

“I have considerate support delivered by competent staff who treat me with dignity, care and compassion.”

To ensure people continue receive good care and support have you heard of ‘See, Hear, Act’ which has been developed by Warwickshire County Council to improve the quality of care in Warwickshire, well if you haven’t its part of their commitment to ensure that the support people receive from social care providers is of the highest quality and sets out how the council will work with social care providers to maintain good practice.

See Hear and Act actually encourages people to report, when they are at or visiting social care settings or in peoples own homes, what their experiences of social care services are, be this positive or negative .This is so that the council has a better understanding of the quality of services across Warwickshire and with your help the Council wants everyone to join together to support care providers to be the best that they can be. By ensuring everyone understands what they can expect from great quality care and support you will be able to see when someone is going the extra mile or if improvements might be needed and we need your feedback!

Knowing more about people’s experiences of social care and support is really important in understanding the quality of services. When a service does better than someone expects people usually talk about it and tend to recommend it. See, Hear, Act hopes to get people talking and promoting good practice even more widely.

For more details of how you can tell us something about residential care or any other adult support service please visit: warwickshire.gov.uk/seehearact.

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The White Hart Memory Café and Meet and Eat

Hello I am Julie Airey the Volunteer Coordinator and Administrator for The White Hart Memory Cafe and with Martin and other volunteers from the Atherstone Community our cafe opens its doors at the North Warwickshire Volunteer Centres White Hart Tea Rooms, Long Street, Atherstone, every Wednesday from 11am – 1pm. For only £8 we also have Meet and Eat get together on the 3rd Thursday of each month. We can arrange for you to be picked up from home at 11am and onwards, taken to the centre for a 2 course lunch and entertainment and dropped back at home from 2pm onwards. So give   Julie or Martin a ring on 01827 717073 and meet some new friends while enjoying some great food and entertainment

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