We have now launched an innovative series of short films in six different languages giving information about dementia and relevant support services in the city. We commissioned the six short films - in Urdu, Punjabi, Cantonese, Somali, Polish and English-language - to address the stigma, misunderstanding and lack of accurate information currently available for the culturally diverse communities across the city.
There are an estimated 25,000 BME people with dementia in the UK. While the number of white, British people with dementia is expected to double by 2051, the numbers of people from BME communities is expected to increase sevenfold within the same timeframe.
Mrs Kwan, who is originally from China, has lived in Bristol with her husband for 45 years and raised their family here. She is now carer to her husband who has dementia. She explains: “Life changes significantly for someone with dementia, and for their carer and family too. It’s really important to get help. In our community, a lot of people don’t know what dementia is, we don’t even have a word for it. This means that lots of people with the disease run the risk of being forgotten.”
Within each of the films, medical experts, people affected by dementia and members of the relevant communities explain what dementia is, outline how people can gain a diagnosis and access the free support available from the Dementia Wellbeing Service.
This issue is echoed across many communities, as well as within white-British communities, and one which the films address head on.
Khadra Abdi, who cares for her mother with dementia and is active in the Somali community in Bristol says: “Many older people within our community have limited English language, and when they don’t understand what dementia is it can be very scary. These films explain about the disease and the help available in a simple, clear way, and most importantly in their native language, making it far easier for them to gain a genuine understanding of dementia, get a diagnosis from their GP and to get support from the Dementia Wellbeing Service”.
You can now view the films from our homepage or via our YouTube channel and hardcopies are available from 0117 904 5151
Alzheimer's Society have updated their guides for both LGBT people living with dementia and for those supporting LGBT people with dementia.
If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans and have dementia, these guides talk about the things you can do to remain independent, get the emotional and practical support that’s right for you, and plan for your future.
You may feel that lots of the information and advice you are given, or lots of the support available, isn’t right for you. You may have, or feel you have, different circumstances to heterosexual or cisgender people (someone whose gender identity is the same as the sex they were assigned at birth). This could be because of your experiences, your living arrangements, the support you receive and who you have around you.
Dementia is challenging for everyone, and everyone’s situation will affect what living with dementia is like for them. However, being LGBT and having dementia can present extra difficulties. It can also mean that living well with dementia means something different to you – something that you don’t hear talked about as much.
It’s important to know that you aren’t alone. Support and advice is available, there are services and care settings designed to support you, and the law protects your rights to equal treatment and privacy. By knowing your rights, finding the right support, and planning for your future, it is possible to live well with dementia.
Unfortunately many older people, especially those with dementia, are targets for criminal scams to defraud them of their money. Jessica's Story is a powerful account that highlights the financial and emotional impact this can have on people and their families. Scams can take a number of forms:
Online scams, including fake emails
What you can do
- Ensure you have good virus protection online
- Keep an eye out for any emails that seem ‘too good to be true’ – they are!
Bogus traders on your doorstep
What you can do
- You can put up a sign saying that uninvited callers are not welcome
- Keep your door locked with the chain on, and ask to see any caller’s ID cards and call their company to see if they are genuine. If you have any doubts, don’t let them in – it is your home
- Tell them you are not interested or that it is inconvenient.
Phone scams and cold calls
What you can do
- You can sign up to the Telephone Preference Service – a free opt-out service so that you do not receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls
- You can also purchase a call blocker such as TrueCall which blocks unwelcome callers and asks unrecognised callers to identify themselves before it puts them through
Postal scams, such as ‘unclaimed prize’ scams, bogus debt letters, lottery or ‘hard luck story’ scams.
What you can do
- You never need to send money to claim a prize/inheritance
- Register with the Mailing Preference Service (MPS) – this can stop junk mail but the postal service has a legal obligation anything that is addressed directly to you
- Put a ‘no junk mail’ sign on the front door.
Useful advice on spotting and avoiding scams can be found on the Age UK website
And the Metropolitan Police have produced a handy Little Book of Big Scams which you can view here
To report a scam call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040
People can also be targeted by legitimate charities if they already support one or more charities, and this can place an undue pressure on people to sign-up for more charities than they can afford. A Fundraising Preference Service has now been launched to enable people to have more control over what charities contact them and how they are contacted.
The Dementia Wellbeing Service ran a pilot in partnership with the Forest of Avon Trust over the Summer and Autumn of 2016, hosting a Woodland Wellbeing Group for people with dementia and their carers. Following the pilot our Assistant Psychologist has published a paper which can be accessed here (link) The purpose of the paper is to understand whether a woodland-based intervention might offer something helpful and engaging for people affected by dementia.
We continue to run Woodland Wellbeing groups with our next season of courses starting on the 7th September at Kingsweston Estate and 14th September at Conham River Park. For further information please click here
We are recruiting for a Senior Dementia Practitoner - Therapist/Social Worker/RGN/RMN/Nurse
Please visit the NHS jobs website for further information:
A friendly and informal group for younger people with dementia (under 65). The group meets on the second Monday of each month 2pm - 4pm at
Bambalan, Podium Level, Colston Tower, Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4XE
No referral required, but on your first visit to the group, please come along with a Navigator or Practitioner from the Dementia Wellbeing Service.
Cost: Free Of Charge
For Further information please contact Sonya Pratt, Dementia Wellbeing Service 0117 9513410
In the Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service we are keen to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to be involved in research.
Research studies can take a number of forms and may investigate different aspects of dementia from clinical trials of new medicines to finding out which care treatments work best. Research can be beneficial in a number of ways, including the potential to improve one's own condition, wellbeing or quality of life, the ability to access treatments which may not be widely available and the possibility of helping other people with dementia in the future.
Examples of being involved in research can include talking to researchers about a particular subject, completing a questionnaire or attending a health centre for tests. Even if you sign-up to be involved in research, you are under no obligation to be part of any specific study, and you are always given full information about how you will be involved and what will happen - you can always change your mind at any time.
If you are interested in taking part in research, please get in touch with Shaun Popel, our Assistant Research Practitioner on 0117 904 5150 who will be happy to talk to you.
Bristol Wellbeing College - Second Step
Mon 5 June Coping with Anxiety (Session 1 of 3)
Mon 12 June Coping with Anxiety (Session 2 of 3)
Mon 19 June Coping with Anxiety (Session 3 of 3)
Mon 10 July Ways to Wellbeing
Mon 24 July Introduction to Mindfulness
Sessions run in Room 7 from 2pm – 4:30pm
The Greenway Centre
Address: Doncaster Road, Southmead, Bristol, BS10 5PY
Wed 7 June Confidence Building
Wed 14 June Introduction to Mindfulness
Wed 12 July Coping with Anxiety (Session 1 of 3)
Wed 19 July Coping with Anxiety (Session 2 of 3)
Wed 26 July Coping with Anxiety (Session 3 of 3)
Sessions run in the Scott Room from 2pm - 4:30pm
Address:10 Stillhouse Ln, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 4EB
Thurs 8 June Managing Depression (Session 1 of 3)
Thurs 15 June Managing Depression (Session 2 of 3)
Thurs 22 June Managing Depression (Session 3 of 3)
Thurs 6 July Introduction to Mindfulness
Thurs 20 July Ways to Wellbeing
Thurs 27 July Building Resilience ‘Bouncing Back’
Sessions run in Activity Room from 2pm – 4:30pm
Address: Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG
Fri 9 June Introduction to Mindfulness 10am – 12:30pm
Tues 13 June Building Resilience: ‘Bouncing Back’ 2pm – 4:30pm
Tues 20 June Wellbeing Event 1pm – 4:00pm
Fri 23 June Building Resilience ‘Bouncing Back’ 10am – 12:30pm
Fri 7 July Managing Depression (Session 1 of 3) 10am – 12:30pm
Tues 11 July Introduction to Confidence Building 2pm – 4:30pm
Fri 14 July Managing Depression (Session 2 of 3) 10am – 12:30pm
Tues 18 July Wellbeing Event 1pm – 4:00pm
Fri 21 July Managing Depression (Session 3 of 3) 10am – 12:30pm
Tues 25 July Ways to Wellbeing 2pm – 4:30pm
Courses are open to anyone using Bristol Mental Healthservices, carers and/or support workers. To find out more call 0117 914 5498
To book your place apply online at www.second-step.co.uk/bristol-wellbeing-college
Safe Places is a service to help people with communication difficulties stay safe when they are out and about.
An improved service, which includes direct access to police support 24 hours a day via the Safe Places telephone number, is being rolled out by Avon and Somerset Police from 10 May 2017.
When someone joins Safe Places, they are given a unique reference number which gives them direct access to police support 24 hours a day, via the Safe Places telephone number, which has a direct link into the police control room.
For further information please click here.
A new project in Bristol is seeking to understand the barriers and stigma that some black & minority ethnic older people encounter when talking about mental health. Through the pilot, people aged 50+ are also able to access free mental health groups and counselling in their own language.
"The Elders Project, led by Oasis-Talk and funded by Bristol Ageing Better, is hoping to better understand the reasons behind BME older people not accessing the help available to them. Shazia Riaz, Elders Community Worker at Oasis-Talk, will be visiting local community groups and encouraging people to talk about any experiences they have had of low mood, anxiety or sleeplessness. People will also be encouraged to share their encounters with mental health services in Bristol and how these could be improved. "
Through the project, older people who may benefit from some support will be able to access a choice of wellbeing services from local organisation Nilaari. These services will be culturally appropriate and delivered in the first language of the older person where possible.
Anyone wishing to take part in the project or find out more can contact Shazia Riaz on 0117 970 9423. For further information please refer to the Oasis Talk website
This pilot project will run until July 2017.
RemArc, or Reminiscence Archive, is designed to help trigger memories in people with dementia using BBC Archive material as stimulation. The archive provides access to a selection of content from the BBC Archives, designed to support reminiscence work with people with dementia.The principle of reminiscence work is to assist people who have dementia to interact and converse in a natural way by stimulating their long-term memory with material from the past. It is often the case that long-term memory can still function when the person’s working (short-term) memory is degraded. Tapping into long-term memory can make it possible once again for them to enjoy interacting with others, through their stories.
Click here to visit the archive
Love sport? Then come along to one of our friendly groups and share your sporting memories with other older sports fans!
We have FREE weekly groups across Bristol and South Gloucs.
To find out more, contact Chris at 07765 864484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Golden Memories sessions allow male and females aged 55 and over to not only reconnect with their sporting heritage through reminiscence, shared memories and object handling, but also to develop new community opportunities and social friendships.
Working to support older people across Bristol living with dementia, depression or other mental health issues, or who may be experiencing loneliness or isolation, these sporting memories sessions seek also to encourage participants into healthy social and physical activity as part of the programme.
Delivered at Bristol Indoor Bowls Centre in Ashton Vale (BS3 2TY) alongside the Centre’s qualified coaches - 90 minute reminiscence sessions will be followed by 60 minutes of free coached bowls on the international standard indoor green.
Sessions will focus on national and local sporting icons and famous events, as well as local sports venues, teams and achievements. Images, sound, video and physical objects will be used to stimulate personal memories and stories in a multi-sensory way - from the roar of the crowd in the local stadium or the Grandstand theme tune, to the taste and smell of a half-time pie.
Cost: Free of charge
If you or somebody you know may be interested in joining this group please register your interest by contacting email@example.com
For further information
Last week we shared the video Finding Patience which was one of two videos created by Health Education England aiming to raise awareness of dementia in the African Caribbean Community to facilitate early diagnosis.
Developed with experts from across the system, Finding Patience – The Later Years is the second film created by Health Education England that explores what makes good person-centred dementia care in care homes. The film follows the experiences of Patience and her family as she moves to a care home. It explores the challenges faced by care home staff and demonstrates what good quality patient-centred care looks like.
Link to the article
Link to video
Woodland Wellbeing provides a space for people with dementia and their carers to spend quality time together in the calming environment of a local woodland. We meet in small groups on a fortnightly basis. The groups are for people with Dementia and their carers who live in Bristol. All sessions involve activities intended to encourage 'being in the moment' and enjoying nature. Activities are led by your interests and ideas but could include: walking, wildlife-watching, art and campfire cooking.
This year we will have two bases: one in North Bristol (Kingsweston area); and one in South Bristol (Conham River Park). The groups will run fortnightly over three separate terms.
South group (Conham River Park) – Thursdays 10.30-12.30/13.00
Term 1 “Spring”: April 6th & 20th, May 4th & 18th, June 1st
Term 2 “Summer”: June 22nd, July 6th & 20th, Aug 3rd & 17th
Term 3 “Autumn”: Sep 14th & 28th, Oct 12th & 26th, Nov 9th + Xmas celebration date (tbc)
North group (Kingsweston area) – Thursdays 10.30 – 12.30/13.00
Term 1 “Summer”: June 15th & 29th, July 13th & 27th, Aug 10th
Term 2 “Autumn”: Sep 7th & 21st, Oct 5th & 19th, Nov 2nd + Xmas celebration date (tbc)
Booking is essential as places are limited. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0117 9045150 (extension 269).
Raising awareness of dementia in the African Caribbean Community to facilitate early diagnosis - A project by Health Education England
‘Finding Patience’ opens the door for health and care professionals to start talking about cultural sensitivities that may result in a reluctance to come forward and talk about concerns. It aims to encourage health and care professionals to break down barriers in order to reach people who may otherwise go undiagnosed or struggle in isolation to provide care within family units. It is also a resource for the African Caribbean community to help raise awareness and reduce some of the stigma surrounding dementia and encourage those who may have concerns about either themselves or a family member to seek early support.
Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service is working with BME communities across the city to produce a series of videos about dementia and the services currently available.
Each of the videos will include short interviews with members of the community, as well as health professionals with dementia expertise, and will be recorded in the spoken language of the community. The filming is set to take place in March 2017. All travel expenses will be paid.
If you are a Somali speaking GP, nurse, doctor with working experience of dementia and would like to know more about this project, please get in touch with Trish Caverly, Community Development Coordinator, Dementia Wellbeing Service via email: email@example.com
The Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service took part as partner organisation in the research project “The Dementia Experiences of people from Caribbean, Chinese and South Asian communities in Bristol” overseen by University of West of England (UWE) which has just been published. UWE spoke to older people and their families from African-Caribbean, Chinese and South Asian communities in Bristol in order to find out about the experiences of people with dementia.
The service is currently considering the report’s recommendations and will continue to work in partnership with community groups across Bristol to ensure the service is responsive to the needs and challenges for people with dementia across different communities.
A copy of the report can be viewed here and the suplimentary information here.
You can also hear about the experiences of dementia of people from BME communities in this film.
Funded by Tesco Bags of Help & Groundwork, Time to Grow is all about supporting the mental and physical health of people in Knowle West and neighbouring parts of south Bristol. Based at their beautiful, award-winning community allotment, Time to Grow offers 6 week gardening and growing courses for people experiencing mental health problems. Participation in the courses is free and people will learn a range of new practical skills
For further information contact allotment co-ordinator, Jessica Fish - firstname.lastname@example.org
BIHR has launched a new suite of resources on mental health, mental capacity and human rights. The series of 8 toolkits aim to build the knowledge and confidence of mental health and mental capacity practitioners to use human rights to design and deliver rights-respecting services. Mental Health, Mental Capacity and Human Rights contains crucial information on what practitioners need to know about human rights and the law. This is supported by 7 issue specific resources for different areas of mental health and mental capacity practice:
•Mental Health Care for Children and Young People
•Mental Health Early Intervention
•Mental Health Accommodation Support
•Social Care Intervention
The resources are a key outcome of BIHR's project Delivering Compassionate Care: Connecting Human Rights to the Frontline. Download your free copy by clicking here. If you'd like hard copies, please contact email@example.com
Our Senior Dementia Practitioner Lisa Clevely has also written a blog in relation to human rights in dementia care.
A best practice sharing event for care home staff and family members of care home residents with dementia in Bristol interested in engaging residents in gardening activities. Places at this event are subsidised by the Dementia Wellbeing Service for Bristol based care staff or families of people with dementia in Bristol.
There is a body of evidence to show that gardening activities and spending time outdoors in nature is good for our health and wellbeing. Providing a programme of regular gardening activities helps meet regulatory requirements and essential care standards and demonstrates to families that your care home is a great place to live. However it can be challenging to know what to do with residents in the garden, or how to engage them in accessible outdoor activities safely.
This training will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence that you need to effectively engage residents in gardening activities. Places on the training are subsidized by funding from the Dementia Wellbeing Service.
If you have any queries about the training please contact firstname.lastname@example.org To book a place please click here
The Growing Support Team
A trained facilitator will read aloud great stories and poems. You can relax, listen and join in the conversation about what they have read.
All reading material is provided, as are tea and biscuits.
Location: Bristol Central Library, Public Meeting Room on the first floor.
When: Tuesdays, 2pm to 3.30pm
Cost: Free of Charge
Location: Redland Library
Where: Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2PY
When: Tuesdays, 2-3.30pm
Cost: Free of charge
Location: Horfield Library
Where: Filton Ave, Bristol BS7 0BD
When: Tuesdays 1-2.30pm
Location: The Willows Day Centre (for over 55’s)
Where: 2nd Floor, Blaise Weston Court, Broadlands Drive, BS11 0LA
When: Wednesdays 11.30am -1pm
Location: Sea Mills Library
Where: Sylvan Way, Bristol BS9 2NA
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month 11.30am – 1pm
Location: Westbury on Trym Library
Where: Falcondale Rd, Bristol BS9 3JZ
When: Thursdays 11.30am - 1pm
Location: Hartcliffe Library
Where: Symes District Centre, Peterson Avenue, Avon Bristol BS13 0BE
When: Thursdays 3pm - 4.30pm
Location: Bedminster Library
Where: 4 St Peters Court/Bedminster Parade, Bristol BS3 4AQ
When: Thursdays, 11am - 12.30pm
Location: Junction 3 Library
Where: Lower Ashley Rd, Bristol BS5 0FJ
When: Fridays 3.30pm – 4.45pm
Cost: Free of Charge
For further information: email@example.com 07812 238 532
Each of the videos will include short interviews with members of the community, as well as health professionals with dementia expertise, and will be recorded in the spoken language of the community. Currently, we are considering six languages.
The filming is set to take place in early 2017, and the Dementia Wellbeing Service are now seeking health care professionals to take part, who are fluent in or whose first language is:
If you are a GP, nurse, doctor or dementia practitioner with a background in any of the above communities, please get in touch with Trish Caverly, Community Development Coordinator, Dementia Wellbeing Service via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to CASS - Community Access Support Service for providing the following information about looking after yourself at Christmas.
Christmas isn’t always an easy time and the added pressures of the festive season can cause negative effects on our mental health. Here are some tips for how to protect yourself during this time of year:
Be careful not to drink too much. Parties and social situations can mean there are more opportunities to drink but it’s important to remember that alcohol is a depressant. Protect your mental health by not drinking to excess.
Keep eating healthily. It is easy to eat a lot at Christmas, especially with the increase in chocolates, sweets and party snacks in the shops. Try and keep a good balance of fruit and vegetables along with the treats to prevent you from feeling tired and irritated.
Get moving. Exercise can help you to feel better and it’s easy to keep active even in the winter months. Walking, cycling or dancing are all alternatives if it’s too hard to use a gym.
Reach out. If you find yourself alone or struggling at this time of year, try contacting a neighbour or local service for support. Many local churches and charities offer Christmas meals in Bristol, like the Marmalade Trust. Bristol Mental Health have a guide to which support services are open over Christmas.
Take it easy. In between shopping, planning and cooking, try and take some time for yourself. Feeling the pressure to be perfect can cause anxiety and stress – it’s OK to relax!
Give back. Christmas is a great time to do good deeds for other people, like volunteering for charity, donating to a foodbank or helping a neighbour. Helping others is good for your mental health as it reduces stress and boosts self-esteem.
The Henpower Project comes to Bristol
Please note than the event below has been postponed until next year. Please keep checking back on our news page for further updates.
Would you like to share your story?
My name is Jenna and I am the Media Officer for Alzheimer’s Society in the South West. My job is to raise awareness of dementia and get people talking about it. I am responsible for working with journalists to raise awareness of the services we offer as well as highlighting some of the issues people with dementia face.
Journalists often phone me asking to speak to people with real life experiences of living with or supporting someone with dementia. It is our Media Champions who provide this essential human angle by sharing their stories.
Our Media Champions provide an essential and valuable dimension to our awareness-raising efforts, hugely increasing our chances of securing media coverage and reaching people with our messages.
Hilary Cunliffe, an Alzheimer’s Society volunteer, shares her thoughts on her experience of working with the media:
“Over the last few years, both while my husband was alive and after he died, I was able to do a variety of work with different forms of media. I was very keen to use our experiences to highlight the impact of dementia, for my husband, for me and our family and friends and raise the profile of this debilitating condition. I felt this was a positive contribution that I could make to help and inform other people who may be struggling with the condition.”
If you feel that this is something you would like to be involved in, please come along to Alzheimer’s Society’s office: Suite A, Verona House, Filwood Road, Bristol, BS16 3RY on Tuesday 13 December at 1.30pm where we will be hosting an informal chat over tea and cake!
If transport to the venue is an issue, let us know as we might be able to support this. If you are caring for someone with dementia, you are both welcome to join us. Let us know if we can do anything to help make it possible for you to attend.
For further information, or to register your interest in attending, please contact me. You can reach me by phone: 01249 444408 or 07483 138048 or by email: email@example.com
New Video of mental health services across the City
Bristol Mental Health (BMH) is excited to announce the release of a new video which aims to increase understanding of its services and to highlight the wide selection of services available within the BMH system.
The video is a tour through Bristol, travelling from one service to another, with short interviews from each service included. The team has also created longer interviews with staff which will be available soon. Watch this space!
We are pleased to present our first Quality Account which reflects on our first year of service. It includes information about what we do, what we set out to achieve, and our aims for the future. The priorities set out in the Quality Account are drawn from a number of different sources, including national requirements, areas of importance agreed with local commissioners and, of course, feedback from our staff, the people who use our services and their carers and families.
Please click on the title above to take you to the Quality Account.
There will be a limited number of printed copies available in the near future.
For the 850 thousand families in the UK living with dementia, the simple daily practise of eating a meal can escalate into a dreaded challenge. Spurred on by a listener's personal experience, Sheila Dillon meets people living with dementia to ask how their relationship with food has changed.
American food writer Paula Wolfert has written award winning books on the food of the Mediterranean. In 2012, she was diagnosed with a form of dementia and after careful research she transformed her daily diet. As Paula prepares to release what will be her final book, Sheila speaks to her about what food means now. Sheila also meets James Ashwell, a young entrepreneur whose online business venture was inspired by caring for his mother who loved to cook.
Sheila hears from Professor Margaret Rayman, who heads the nutritional medicine course at the University of Surrey. Her book 'Healthy Eating to Reduce the Risk of Dementia' draws on hundreds of academic papers into nutrition and the brain. And in an area which still requires so much research, Sheila speaks to an American academic embarking on what could be the 'gold standard' study into how what we eat affects the development of dementia.
Click here to play radio programme
Carers Support Centre have have received funding to run a pilot service for older Bristol carers. This is a telephone counselling service, funded through the Bristol Ageing Better programme, being delivered in partnership with Dhek Bhal. The pilot will run for 9 months and will be evaluated with a view to finding further funding.
The service will offer isolated carers living in Bristol, aged over 50, the chance to receive 6 weeks of telephone counselling. Each counselling session will be with a qualified counsellor and will last for 50 minutes. The service will run from January 2017 and will soon be open for referrals. To find out more about the service please contact CarersLine
Carers Support Centre Website
As part of our partnership with Growing Support, they have now produced an interactive map of Bristol.
Each green space or community garden is numbered on the map. Clicking on each number will give you an overview of the green space including:
-Transport & Accessibility
Please also visit Growing Support's website for further information.
Have your voice heard and join the Dementia HIT Volunteer Panel
The Bristol Health Partners’ Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) has set up a Volunteer Panel. You can join the panel if you would like to hear about patient & public involvement activities relevant to dementia.
Involvement activities might include:
You don’t have to take part in any of the activities you are offered.
The panel is open to people with dementia, their carers and interested members of the public.
Further information can be found on their website here
email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Tel: 0117 4148238
Do you care for someone with a diagnosis of dementia?
Do you need someone to talk to?
Bristol Dementia Wellbeing service will be holding a carers’ support group at Bedminster Down Ex Serviceman’s Club Winford Grove, Bedminster Down Bristol, BS13 7DY
This will be held in the games room every second Wednesday starting on Wednesday 21st October. 18.30 – 20.00
The person you care for is also welcome to attend
This is a free service. You will be able to purchase drinks at the venue
If you would like any more information then please contact
Agnes Randall on 07789713256
Dementia Friendly Swimming: Living with dementia and an active lifestyle.
Swimming sessions with experienced tutors who can offer swimming tuition, exercises or whatever support is needed
Hengrove Leisure Centre
When: Every Wednesday from 12:45pm
Cost: £3:20 per swim, but free for carers
Easton Leisure Centre
When: Anytime, but staff can advise on quieter times if preferred
Cost: £2:30 Per Swim, but free for carers
Contact: 0117 937020
What is Yoga for Alzheimer's
- One to Three hours of yoga led by experienced yoga teachers
- Open to all - beginners or experts
- Welcome participants of all levels and ages including those living with dementia
- No training is needed everyone will be made to feel comfortable and can rest at any time during the events
- All you need to wear is comfortable, loose clothing and have a bottle of water by your side
- Take part as an individual or rally a group of friends, colleagues or family together to take part
More information: http://www.yogawest.co.uk/2016/05/13/yoga-for-alzheimers-june-19/
We are pleased to announce that we have been named the Bristol Health Partners 'Team of the Year'.
These awards were organised by the Bristol Post in partnership with Bristol Health Partners and winners were revealed in a ceremony taking place on 10th March.
This award recognises the hard work of our staff and what we have achieved in our first year.
Be dementia aware
In 2015, Bristol CCG started running a new campaign urging all people to become 'dementia aware'. Across the city posters, leaflets and advertising appeared to encourage people to recognise the signs of dementia - and act if they do.
To support the campaign the CCG has developed a range of materials and also a number of videos.
For more information on the campaign, visit the Bristol CCG website or contact the Bristol CCG communications team on: 0117 900 2549.
The aim of taking the tour bus on the road was to reach 1000 local registrations to ‘Join dementia research’ by Christmas – that target was smashed, with around 500 registrations added since the week’s tour and the local total now standing at 1250, making the West the leading region nationwide for people signing up to the service, which currently has almost 15,000 people registered nationwide.
Vital studies into early diagnosis, prevention and new treatments for dementia are making progress but more volunteers, with dementia and people without the condition, are needed.
Please click on the header above for more information or visit https://www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk to sign up!
Following on from the 'How to be a Dementia Friendl Church' event on 16th October 2015, a new Memory Cafe will open at Westbury Baptist Church.
The cafe will be open from 14.00 - 16.00hrs on the first Friday of each month starting on Friday 6th November.
It will be open to all, but will concentrate its activities on carers and people with Dementia.
The cafe will provide teas, coffees, and home-made cakes, as well as an activity.
We need volunteers to help in running it - is that someting you could do?
If so, a training day will take place on Friday 9th October from 14.00-16.00hrs at Westbury Baptist Church in the new cafe area (the foyer).
We also need to give the cafe a name - can you suggest one? There will be a prize for the best name suggested!
For further information please call Tony Hall on 0117 968 1002
This small group workshop is for people with dementia and their partners/carers to attend together. Led by a mindfulness practitioner, the session will introduce participants to techniques that focus on being ‘in the moment’, relaxed and receptive. This will be followed by a session on mindful cooking and eating: the group will prepare and eat a simple meal together.
We hope you will go away with ideas and simple techniques that you can practise together at home. The workshops are provided by the Bristol Dementia Inclusion Programme and hosted by the Carers Support Centre.
Choose from two workshop dates, both to be held in the training kitchen at Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds:
Monday 23 November 2015, 10am to 1pm
Tuesday 19 January 2016, 10am to 1pm
How to book: To reserve a place on one of these workshops please contact us:
0117 958 9988 / email@example.com
Please leave your name, contact information and details of the session you are interested in. We will get back to you.
Launched at the Celebrating Age Festival this weekend, the Aardman animated Bristol Ageing Better promo is now out!
Bristol Ageing Better works with local organisations to help older people across the city live fulfilling lives.
We want you to know that you are not alone and that there are things you can do to be less lonely.
How do you explain dementia to a six year old? The Ally Bally Bee Project is on a mission to make such difficult conversations a little easier with our personalised children’s book about dementia.
Imagine being able to explain “granny’s dementia” to your child with a book that features both child and grandparent as the main character. From names and appearances to certain behavioural traits (after all, dementia affects everyone differently) – we plan to allow for such customisation through an interactive website. Simply create the story online then click to have it delivered to your door!
Bristol & Avon Chinese Women's Group have recently set up an information and signposting helpline for the Chinese community in the South West region.
Please click on the attached link to view their flyer.
North Bristol Alzheimer Cafe: First Tuesday of the month
The North Bristol Alzheimer Café at St Monica Trust, Oatley House Atrium restaurant, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3TN
3.30pm – 5.30pm
Further details can be found in the attached flyer (document link above)
We have now launched an innovative series of short films in six different languages giving information about dementia and relevant support services in the city. We commissioned the six short films - in Urdu, Punjabi, Cantonese, Somali, Polish and English-language - to address the stigma, misunderstanding and lack of accurate information currently available for the culturally diverse communities across the city. You can now view the films from our homepage or via our YouTube channel and hardcopies are available from 0117 904 5151
Some of the great feedback we have already received:
Participants/community leaders: “The films are fantastic as they are so respectful of culture and language. Beautifully done, with great thought. I can see the care and attention that have been put into them”
“Great work well done to you and the rest of the Team”.
Bristol BME Voice: “Fantastic short films on Dementia from @BristolDWS available in 6 languages!”
Local Councillor: “Thank you so much - what a great resource"
Local MPs: "This information is very valuable" / "Thank you once again for bringing these valuable educational resources to my attention"
Marvin Rees, Bristol Mayor: “Thank you for sharing these films with me. They will be a really useful tool for engaging with those communities who may otherwise find it difficult to access information on dementia.”
Posted at 09:16 on 01/08/2017
BREAKING NEWS! Our new short films talking about dementia and how you get can support in Bristol are now live!
Please click on the links under 'Dementia - Your questions answered' above
Posted at 16:11 on 31/07/2017
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