Crickhowell - working towards becoming a Dementia Friendly Town
Dementia puts an enormous amount of strain on the individual, their carer and family, particularly as the disease progresses. Families often feel isolated from their communities; shopping and socialising can be difficult due to a lack of understanding and awareness, and that isolation can get worse as friends and neighbours keep their distance, not knowing how to best to adapt to the changing needs of a person living with dementia.
Around 2,500 people in Powys are living with dementia, and this number will only increase in the coming years. Over two-thirds of these people are living in the community. One-third live alone.
A Dementia Friendly Community is made up of the whole community - shop assistants, public service workers, faith groups, businesses, police, fire and ambulance staff, bus drivers, school pupils, clubs and societies, and community leaders - people who are committed to working together to help those living with dementia to remain part of their community.
This involves everyone having a greater awareness and understanding of dementia and doing very simple and practical things to accommodate it in everyday life. In turn, this then gives people with dementia as much independence and dignity as possible whilst supporting them and their carers to live well and contribute to the community.
A great website for carers support is Talking Point, an online community from the Alzheimer's Society. Please click on this link here the take you to their website for more information.
There are many regular events and groups that meet locally to encourage interaction and to support those people with Dementia or their carers. Such events are:
Every Tuesday 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Tea, Chat & Activities – Brecon
Held at Kensington Church Hall, Kensington, Brecon - A weekly session for people living with dementia as well as friends and families affected by dementia. An opportunity to meet other people in a similar position and to try out some activities designed specifically for people with dementia. The sessions are also an opportunity to pick up information about dementia and dementia services in the area. Contact Enid Edwards 01874 712083.
Every Thursday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Friendship Circle, Kensington Church hall
A weekly friendship circle encouraging well-being and quality of life, particularly for those living with dementia and memory loss who may be isolated in our community. Held at the Kensington Church Hall, Brecon, From Thursday, 1st August 2017 For an opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones as well as to get advice and support. A light lunch will be provided. Contact Yvie on 01874 611723 for further details
Every Thursday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Brecon Library Knit and Knatter
Brecon Library’s friendly Knit & Natter Group runs every Thursday upstairs in the Library. Beginners and visitors are welcome!
Every other Tuesday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ystradgynlais Meeting Centre
For those living with dementia, their families and carers. Held every other week at the Ystradgynlais Rugby Club, Ynyscedwyn Road, SA9 1BH. Visit DMiP facebook page for each days programme.
20th of every month 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Llyswen Friendship Café
Are you spending too much time on your own? Are you forgetting things more often? Are you a Carer looking for more support? Then why not come along to our new monthly café for some fun, a cuppa and some delicious cake in Llyswen Hall starting on Monday, 20 March, 2.30 – 4pm. Like to come and join us? Hay Dial-a-Ride will be available. No matter where you live you are very welcome to come along. We’re also looking for volunteers to help! We think that more support should be available in our community, especially as there are no day centre facilities or other social groups focused on people with a dementia in our locality. We hope that by getting together on a regular basis we will help to enhance the well-being and dignity of people with a dementia (and associated conditions) and their carers. We want to provide an opportunity for people to meet in an everyday social setting so that they can enjoy each other's company, share information, have fun and take part in stimulating activities. We believe that this will help achieve an improvement in the quality of life for participants and enhance their social inclusion. If you would like more information, want to help or want to come along but cannot make this date then please contact the Rector on 01874 754255.
Every 4th Wednesday 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Hay Day Cafe – Clyro
Hayday Clyro offers a light lunch, some fun and a cuppa in Clyro Village Hall on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 12.30 until 3pm. This cafe is primarily for people who live alone, feel lonely from time to time, are finding it difficult to remember things and for Carers looking for more support Contact Trish Richardson for more details on 07792 790213 / 01497 82138 Transport can be arranged.
Every 1st Monday 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Get Active - Inclusive activity sessions (Brecon)
Healthy Body Healthy Mind. Why not get active and try out the Inclusive Friendly Fun Activity Sessions at Brecon Leisure Centre. Accessible equipment and facilities, assistance from specially trained staff. Activities can include boccia, indoor tennis, indoor archery, dry bowls, trigolf and swimming. £2 per person - Carers come for free.
Every 1st Monday 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
HayDay provides a safe and supportive atmosphere where people who have had a dementia or associated condition, and their carers, can enjoy socialising in a café setting and have the opportunity to have some fun. The Café meets on the first Monday of every month from 2.30pm until 4pm at Cusop Village Hall, Nr Hay, HR3 5RW – contact Trish Richardson · email@example.com · 07792 790213.
At The Parish Hall, Church Lane, Crickhowell
The café will be a monthly event to start with and is for everyone. It will offer a fun, welcoming and relaxing environment for people to take part in social activities. The cafe is where you can make new friends and enjoy talking together or sit back and read a newspaper or magazine. You can take up the opportunity to take part in activities like arts and crafts and games and lots more.
Future activities may include animal therapy, performances from choirs, entertainers; if desired, outings to restaurants, visits to museums, concerts, other cultural venues as the opportunities arise. The way the cafe develops will be guided by those who attend.
We look forward to meeting you.
If you would like to make a donation or volunteer as a helper, please contact Mike & Suzan Alderton at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you.
The way the cafe develops will be guided by those who attend, so please let us know what you would like from Caffi Croeso. Please tick the following or just write down any ideas you have.
Entertainment – Name a style of music
Magic Show/Arts and crafts/Board Games -Play your Cards Right and others
Read and Remember Session
Every Monday at 2:30 pm to 3.30 pm at the Crickhowell Resource and Information Centre meeting room, for anyone with memory problems. A passage from a book is read out that is descriptive enough to prompt memories and these begin a discussion around reminiscing.
All are welcome to come along for a cuppa and a chat. For more information, please can call Barb Evans on 07749 413482.
First Tuesday of each month at 10 30am. Organised by Sally Rees from St. Edmunds Church.
The Oakland Care Home
In Llangynidr have a pianist called Barbara Elliott every other Wednesday who plays hymns and encourages singing (one verse only - (not to put too much pressure on people with dementia). All Carers and people with Dementia are invited.
If you are a Carer, please click here for information that may interest you.