Keynsham DAA – Who are we?
Keynsham Dementia Action Alliance is a group located in Keynsham and is registered with the Alzheimer’s Society. It has been established with a view to making Keynsham and Saltford dementia friendly. The term “dementia” describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia but not all dementia is due to Alzheimer’s.
If you would like to find out more about dementia and local support, there is more information available. Just click here.
For more information concerning our Alzheimer’s Society registration click here.
It is estimated that there were over 800,000 people in the UK who are affected by dementia in 2015.There has been a 56% rise in numbers between 2010/11 and 2015/16. For Dementia statistics in UK click here.
It can reasonably be estimated that Keynsham and Saltford together will have some 1000 inhabitants who will be affected by dementia between now and 2030. An upward trend is expected to continue in the next decade.
For more information about dementia please access the Alzheimer’s Society website click here
The Keynsham Dementia Action Alliance was formed in December 2016. Our strategic objective is to make the Keynsham and Saltford community more aware and supportive of those affected by dementia, their families, friends and carers. We plan that the community will ultimately become “dementia friendly”.
Our work has started and we plan to tackle our objective on three fronts:
1. EDUCATION: providing information to groups and organisations.
2. DIRECT ACTION: running events and activities for the benefit of those affected.
3. INFLUENCE: identifying issues and promoting action to improve the lives of those affected.
To read our strategic plan please click here
How can you help us?
We have established a regular event called “Music for the Mind”, at St. Dunstan’s church hall Keynsham, for those living with dementia and their carers. This provides the chance to meet people over tea or coffee, listen to some music and maybe sing along. Come along and make new friends, we would like you to be involved. If you live in the Keynsham or Saltford area and you are living with dementia or you know or care for someone who is then you may be interested in attending “Music for the Mind” which is free of charge (donations are welcome). The event takes place every second and fourth Thursday in the month at 10.30am until 12.15pm.
You can see a short video of our Music for the Mind event . Please click here
If you belong to an organisation a company or group, you might like more information and would like to invite us to present to your group or organisation (about 30-45 minute presentation). If so please click here for information about how to contact us.
You might wish to help us by volunteering, fundraising for us or by making a donation. If so, we would love to hear from you. Please click here to find out how to contact us.
Small Changes help
Making our community “dementia friendly” can sometimes involve making small changes that help the lives of those living with the
condition. Click here to watch a short video made by the Alzheimer’s Society which demonstrates this point.
The wonderful drawing was provided by 6 year old Sofia Vince-Greenwell who goes to school in Keynsham. Her step Grandad aged 58 years has dementia. Thank you Sofia.
A number of local organisations have kindly supported Keynsham Dementia Action Alliance for which we are very grateful. Included amongst these:
Coventry Building Society have kindly agreed to join as a community partner.
Saltford Parish Council which awarded a grant towards costs of running events.
National Westminster Bank which provided materials for “Music for the Mind”
Wessex Water which has awarded a grant towards costs of running events.
Waitrose Keynsham kindly donated funds through their “blue voucher” scheme.
Wales and West Utilities kindly donated funds to sponsor our Dial a Ride transport.
Tripps Art Gallery Keynsham kindly donated a framed picture of Bath Abbey & Pump Rooms for the purpose of fundraising.