Teesside Park – Buddi Device

As of Monday 1st February 2016 Teesside Park in Stockton-on-Tees will be providing Buddi equipment free of charge to people living with dementia and their carers whilst out shopping.

The Buddi will be able to be used by customers who need it for the duration of their visit on at the shopping park, the scheme will run for one month (February 2016) in order to assess the operational capability and the customer demand.

The aim is to provide customers with further support by the use of technology and reduce the time taken to locate any persons that are missing or separated from carers and loved ones. These will be free to use and collected from the management centre on the park, an onsite control room will monitor the movements of the device and be ready to deploy security staff if needed.

For more information contact David Beech – Operations Supervisor, Teesside Shopping Park, Management Centre Tel: 01642 679447.

Dementia Friendly Carol Service

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It will soon be the beginning of Advent, and preparations for celebrating Christmas begin.  For many people attending a carol service will be part of these celebrations, and this year in Middlesbrough there will be a special carol service for people living with dementia and their carers.

The Carol Service will take place on Tuesday 15th December 2pm at Holy Trinity Church North Ormesby. The invitation is for anyone living with dementia and their carers to enjoy singing carols, listening to familiar readings and words from the Christmas story, and an opportunity to pray for loved ones.  Everyone will also be invited to enjoy a festive tea with mince pies after the service, courtesy of sponsorship from Asda Community Foundation.

The idea for the Carol Service has grown out of the Singing for the Brain group that meets at the Trinity Centre in North Ormesby. The group is for people living with dementia and their carers to enjoy an afternoon of music with favourite songs that bring back memories of times, places and people that are loved.

One of the key factors in living well with dementia is the understanding that, while short term memory is often affected and therefore someone with dementia may not remember the details of an activity, the ability to recall feelings is intact for much longer. Research has shown that even when some memories are hard to retrieve, music is one of the easier things to recall. Who hasn’t switched on the radio and had their spirits lifted by a favourite song, or been reminded of a loved one on hearing something they loved to dance to?

Christmas Carols are a significant part of that memory of music, being sung every year from early childhood, and connecting with happy memories of family and community celebrations. We hope that this special Carol Service will be a wonderful afternoon of celebration, memories and sharing together at this special time of year. To find out more please contact Maddy Fisher at the Trinity Centre 01642 286122 maddy.fisher@trinitycentre.org or Heather Black heather.black@trintiycentre.org

Warm Homes Healthy People Scheme

The health and wellbeing of the Borough residents vulnerable to cold is high on the agenda this winter, as the Warm Homes Healthy People campaign returns to offer support which is targeted at the residents in most need of assistance.

There are set criteria to determine whether help can be provided to individuals through the scheme, including any of the following:

  • being aged 75 or over
  • being in receipt of disability benefits
  • having a long term illness that is made worse by cold weather
  • living with a child (under five) who has a long term illness made worse by the cold

The support on offer ranges from help with emergency heating, energy tariffs, debt and welfare advice to the installation of smoke alarms, a home handyman service and carbon monoxide detectors where needed.

Also available is a ‘buddying’ scheme, where volunteers can keep in touch with residents during spells of cold weather to give any support that is needed.

Help with boiler servicing and repairs may also be offered to those in receipt of qualifying benefits.

To find out what support could be available through Warm Homes Healthy People – contact Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council on 01642 528215 or visit www.stockton.gov.uk/warmhomes

Lines are open from 8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Information is also being sent directly to homes in high fuel poverty areas.

For emergency help with heating outside of these hours, contact Cleveland Fire Brigade on their 24-hour helpline on Tel: 01429 874063

Community School becomes dementia friendly

A Stockton-on-Tees Borough primary school is the first to sign up to a special project to promote awareness of dementia and memory loss among its staff and pupils.

Billingham South Community Primary School has committed to become a ‘dementia friendly’ school by pledging to increase understanding about dementia and reduce stigma about the condition.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Health and Wellbeing Librarian has been working with the school to teach children about dementia through innovative lessons involving interesting storybook sessions and memory games.

To gain the special status the school agreed for all staff to attend ‘dementia friends’ sessions and raise dementia awareness with all the children in school. The school has now appointed two champions to promote understanding about memory loss and dementia. They will also provide an annual update of their progress.

The project is part of wider work Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Cleveland Alzheimer’s Residential Centre (Clevearc) and its partners are doing to make Stockton-on-Tees a nationally recognised dementia friendly community.

Gayle Tweed, Chief Executive of Clevearc, visited the school to present staff and pupils with their working to become ‘Dementia Friendly Stockton’ certificate.

Pam Edwards, Head Teacher of Billingham South Community Primary School, said: “I am so proud that our school is the first primary school in Stockton Borough to be involved in this wonderful project and has been recognised for our work to become a dementia friendly school.”

Councillor Ann McCoy, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “We know a growing number of our residents’ lives are affected by dementia. This is why the Council is keen to educate people of all ages about this condition but especially children and younger people because it’s crucial that the next generation is dementia friendly.

“I’m really pleased that Billingham South Primary is our first school to sign up to this project and I congratulate them on their efforts. I’d encourage any school interested in this project to get in touch and find out more how children develop their confidence and understanding of this condition.”

Billingham South Community Primary will now be able to display the national working to become dementia friendly logo and will be promoted on the Dementia Friendly Stockton website – www.dementiafriendlystockton.co.uk

To find out more about the project contact Karen Morris, Health and Wellbeing Librarian at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council on 01642 526518 or email Karen.Morris@stockton.gov.uk

ARC Stockton Arts Centre Group Leader

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Group Leader required to support delivery of a creative arts programme for people living with dementia, their families and carers


ARC is looking for a Group Leader to support Creative Age, a new programme of activity for people living with dementia, their families and carers, to be run in collaboration with Equal Arts, Gateshead. The project will involve working with professional artists, using Imagination models of engagement, across a range of artforms.

ARC runs a highly successful and extensive programme of activity for older people, and is working to increase access to arts activity for older people who face barriers to participating. Equal Arts is an organisation which aims to improve the life of older people through providing creative activities, working in partnership with culture, health and social care organisations.

The purpose of this project is to provide regular creative activities for independent people experiencing the early stages of dementia, their families and carers. The project will deliver sessions using Imagination models of engagement, which are non-linear and do not rely on memory. It is planned that the project will initially run for 18 months, offering creative sessions across a range of artforms, in a series of activity blocks. Towards the end of project period, participants and other community groups will undertake a one-off fundraising creative challenge/event, to help support the future sustainability of the project.

The objectives of the project are:

  • Positive creative experiences for people living with dementia, which focus on abilities and what people living with dementia can achieve
  • Increased self-esteem and confidence
  • Improved motivation
  • Skills gained in artistic activities
  • Engaging with other creative and community groupsThe post of Group Leader is designed to bring to the project significant direct experience of working with people living with dementia.

The post will offer participants a consistent presence through the life of the project and directly support the artists who are delivering creative activities. We envisage that the post would be suitable for people with a background in health or social care, or an artist with significant experience of working with people living with dementia.

The project is funded by Arts Council England, Comic Relief, Ballinger Charitable Trust and Northern Rock Foundation. It is anticipated that delivery will begin in early autumn 2015 and run for approximately 72 weeks

 The Group Leader will need to deliver the following outcomes:
  • To provide advice and support to participants attending sessions
  • To provide specialist advice and support to artists, in relation to the needs of people experiencing the early stages of dementia and their carers
  • To enable all those attending to take part and enjoy the sessions
  • To support artists to enable participants to use their creative ideas to take part in the project
  • To ensure all participants involved have an opportunity to share their ideas
  • To ensure the participants’ safety and wellbeing at all times and to adhere to ARC’s safeguarding policies
  • To undertake regular evaluation of the participants’ experience, along with the professional artists, to feed into a full project evaluation

We require a practitioner with the following experience:

  • A proven track record of working with adults living with dementia
  • A proven track record of working on collaborative projects
  • A proven track record of working on projects which respond to the interests and ideas of participants
  • A proven track record of, or interest in, working with creative artists
  • An ability to work alongside participants to develop and progress their individual talents,allowing participants to contribute positively to the project outcomes

We welcome applications from individuals, or from organisations who may be interested in seconding a member of staff to work on the project on a weekly basis.


Weekly fee of £60 per session (approximately 2 hours per week, probably on a Tuesday morning) including travel and subsistence.

In addition, there is a small budget to cover the Group Leader’s contribution to delivering project training events.

Application Process

Please submit brief overview of how you would approach working with the client group to katherine.anderson@arconline.co.uk by email putting “Creative Age project” in the subject header. Please include contact details for two referees and attach your CV (organisations should attach the CV of the person they wish to second to the project). Applications to be received by 10am on Friday 21st August 2015.

We are committed to ensuring that this opportunity is open and accessible to everyone. If you experience or anticipate any barriers within the application process, or require any help to make an application, please contact us as soon as possible.

Carers Education Sessions

Carers Education Sessions

Carers Education Sessions – Each session will have 10 paces available, so its important that you let us know if you are unable to attend so that your place can be reallocated.

Carers Education Sessions