Stockton Churches Dementia Awareness event

As part of Stockton’s programme for Dementia Awareness Week (May 18 – 24), an ecumenical service will be held at the Church of St John the Baptist, Durham Road, Stockton, at 7.30p.m. on May 21.  St John’s is one of the first in the borough to sign up to the Dementia Friendly Stockton initiative.

Dr Anne Bell, from Roseberry Park Hospital in Middlesbrough, will give an address.

The official theme for this year’s Dementia Awareness Week, “Don’t Bottle it Up”, encourages openness about the challenges and stresses associated with the disease.   There will be plenty of literature about the condition itself and the range of services available locally, and an opportunity for people who in one way or another live with dementia to meet and share their experiences.

It is intended that the service will explore what it means to live well with dementia, reflect on the experiences of family and professional carers, and of people who are coping with the condition.

Carers have to carry burdens of stress and painful emotions as they watch loved ones gradually lose their faculties.  The challenge for church-goers as for others is about how to be “good neighbours” to both carers and people with dementia.

 

For more information please contact

Rev Richard Bradshaw

Mental Health Chaplain

Roseberry Park Hospital

Marton Road

Middlesbrough

TS4 3AF

 

01642 837396

 

The event flyer can be viewed here

Dementia Awareness Week 2014 Stockton-on-Tees

Volunteers, charities and local organisations are working together to host events at venues across Stockton-on-Tees to mark Dementia Awareness Week 2014.

The events, which will run from Monday 19th May, aim to increase awareness and understanding about dementia and will provide an opportunity for the public to find out what services are available for people with dementia and carers in Stockton-on-Tees.

The agenda for the week includes:

Monday

  • Information stall and café at Roseberry Library (Billingham) from 10am till 4pm
  • Story time session at Roseberry Library to increase dementia awareness with local school children
  • Bookchat with reminiscence from Hartlepool Museum at Stockton Central Library
  • Dementia Friends sessions at Roseberry Library from 12pm to 1pm

 

Tuesday

  • Information stall and café at Thornaby Library from 10am till 4pm
  • Story time session at Thornaby Library to increase dementia awareness with local school children

 

Wednesday

  • Information stall at Stockton Central Library from 10am till 4pm
  • Story time session at Stockton Central Library to increase dementia awareness with local school children
  • Busking in Wellington Square from 12:30pm till 1:15pm
  • A dementia friendly ecumenical service at St John the Baptist’s Church from 7:30pm
  • Health Walk (pick from Kirkdale at 9:30am)
  • Dementia Friends sessions at Stockton Central Library from 12pm to 1pm

 

Thursday

  • Information stall and café at Preston Hall Museum from 10am till 4pm
  • Story time session at a Yarm primary school to increase dementia awareness with local school children
  • History talk, music and café at Preston Hall Museum from 1pm to 3pm

 

Friday

  • The relaunch of the Halcyon Centre (Invite only event)
  • Story time sessions and tour of the Halcyon Centre for local school children

 

Throughout the week Lloyds Bank will be holding walkss to raise awareness of dementia and Healthy Heart Checks will be offered in Castlegate shopping centre.

Peter Otter, Chair of the Dementia Friendly Stockton project, said: “These events are a great way to raise awareness about dementia and will help people to find out what support is available in Stockton.

“It is great to see everyone from local churches, businesses, charities and individuals all working together to raise awareness of dementia. The range of events and the number of people getting involved throughout the week really demonstrates our community’s commitment to making sure that Stockton-on-Tees becomes a nationally leading dementia friendly community.”

For more details contact Cleveland Alzheimer’s on (01642) 611110 or visit the Dementia Friendly Stockton website at www.dementiafriendlystockton.co.uk

Dementia Friendly Stockton project publicly launched

On Friday 21st February people living with dementia, carers and representatives from local organisations celebrated the public launch of the Dementia Friendly Stockton project.

The launch, which took place at Stockton Baptist Tabernacle was chaired by Alex Cunningham MP and included an update on the project’s progress as well as entertainment from local performers the Tea Ladies.

The Dementia Friendly Stockton project is working with local businesses and other organisations to help them deliver their services in a way that is accessible to and inclusive of people living with dementia.  At the event Alex Cunningham MP awarded certificates to eleven local organisations who have already committed to becoming more dementia friendly including Lloyds Bank, Stockton Library Services, Cleveland Fire Brigade, St John the Baptist’s Church and others.

Organisations that sign up to become more dementia friendly will display the ‘Working to become dementia friendly’ symbol to show their commitment.  Chair of the Dementia Friendly Stockton project, Peter Otter explained “’It’s great that we already have so many local organisations committed to becoming more dementia friendly and that is why we wanted to celebrate their achievement with this event. This is however only the beginning and we will hopefully see many more local businesses following their example.”

To find out which organisations have committed to becoming more dementia friendly and how your organisation can join the project please contact Cleveland Alzheimer’s on  dfc@clevearc.com or visit the website at www.dementiafriendlystockton.co.uk

Dementia Friendly Stockton Launch Event

People living with dementia and carers in Stockton-on-Tees are being invited to attend the launch of the Dementia Friendly Stockton project.

The launch event will take place on Friday 21st February 2014 at Stockton Baptist Tabernacle and will last from 10:30 to 12:00 followed by lunch.

At the event attendees will be informed how the project will work to make the borough more dementia friendly and which organisations have already committed to becoming more dementia friendly.

The event will also include light entertainment, refreshments and lunch.

Attendance at the event is free however places are limited. Anyone hoping to attend the event is therefore asked to register their interest by contacting Cleveland Alzheimer’s on (01642) 611110 or email dfc@clevarc.com .

See the Launch Event flyer

Dementia Friendly Stockton Consultation Event

Approximately 50 people living with dementia and their carers have visited Preston Hall to take the first steps towards making Stockton-on-Tees a nationally recognised dementia friendly community.

The event at Preston Hall on Tuesday 2nd July provided people living with dementia and their carers with the opportunity to explain what changes would help them to remain active and included within their community.

During the event people suggested that they would be able to access their community more easily if people working in local organisations had a better understanding of dementia, if it was clear which organisations have committed to helping people living with dementia and if there was less of a stigma around dementia.

Peter Prior (Dementia Friendly Communities Link Worker for Cleveland Alzheimer’s) explained “it is great that so many people are getting behind the project and coming along to tell us what changes we need to make in Stockton”.

“Dementia affects the lives of so many people across our community and it is no longer enough to think that dementia is only an issue for people working in health and social care. Instead it is vital that every part of our community considers what they can do to help people living with dementia. This includes helping people with dementia access different parts of their community.

The event included presentations from Gayle Tweed (Chief Executive of Cleveland Alzheimer’s) and Peter Kelly (Director of Public Health in Stockton).

Cleveland Alzheimer’s are working in partnership with individuals and organisations across Stockton-on-Tees to develop the borough as a nationally recognised dementia-friendly community. The next stage of the project will involve addressing the issues highlighted during the event and approaching organisations from across Stockton-on-Tees to explain to them the benefits of becoming more dementia friendly.

For more information on the Dementia Friendly Stockton project or to find out how your organisation can become more dementia friendly please contact Cleveland Alzheimer’s on (01642) 611110 or email dfc@clevearc.com.