CASS’s own Living Well with Dementia initiative is specifically designed to meet the needs of carers of people living with dementia living in Staffordshire. Carers are supported and encouraged to look after their own needs to determine what input could make a positive difference. Carers will be provided with information to help them build up resilience and reduce the negative impacts of caring.
CASS’s Megan Wilton recently attended a Dementia information day at County Hospital, Stafford. Here’s what she found…………….
A very thought provoking and well delivered day that saw guest speakers talk about their personal journeys with dementia alongside health professionals who challenged the way we care for people with dementia.
The real star guest speaker came from Tommy Whitelaw. A former carer for his mother, Joan, who battled dementia for five and a half years and has now gone on to help thousands of other carers fight their own battles. He delivered an honest, emotional and inspiring speech that questioned everyone in the room about how we can make a positive difference to someone who is being cared for. Tommy has gone on to start his own initiative with nearly 12,000 people making a pledge to make a difference, including health care professionals, carers and even First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon.
If you would like to follow Tommy’s continuous journey or to make your own pledge please visit – http://www.tommyontour2011.blogspot.com/ or follow Tommy on twitter @tommyNtour
The rest of the day was spent with many health professionals challenging our immediate outset on dementia, speaking about their role in the community and how we can help care for someone with dementia. A great day to hear about what other services offer already and promoting our own work and forthcoming events (all to be found on our social media accounts)
What you can expect at a Living Well with Dementia Group:
- A friendly welcome on arrival
- Opportunity to get to know others and share experiences.
- Bite-sized information sessions.
- Refreshments (Small charge for lunch)
- Time to socialise, make new friends and talk on a one to one basis with professionals
- Entertainment, quiz or an activity and a raffle.
Donations are welcome.
Groups available near you:
Burntwood – meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month. 11am to 1pm.
The Scouts Hut, Ironside Road, Chase Terrace, Burntwood, WS7 1LL
Burton – meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month. 1pm to 3pm.
Carlton Court, Shobnall Road, Burton upon Trent, DE14 2BU
Cannock – meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month. 11am to 1pm.
St Lukes Church Hall, Church Street, Cannock, WS11 1DE
South Staffs – meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month. 11am to 1pm. Codsall Village Hall, Wolverhampton Road, Codsall, WV8 1PW
Stafford – meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month. 11am to 1pm. St Bertelin’s Church Hall, Holmcroft Road, Stafford, ST16 1JB
Tamworth – meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month. 7pm to 9pm. Carnegie Centre, Corporation Street, Tamworth, B79 7DN
There is no need to book – just turn up!
For any queries on Living Well with Dementia Groups, please contact:
01785 606675 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org