Alzheimer’s Society renews K&SDAA ‘Working Towards Dementia Friendly’ status

The Keynsham & Saltford Dementia Action Alliance (K&SDAA) have this week received the good news that as a result of their efforts over the last twelve months they have successfully retained and renewed their status of ‘Working Towards Dementia Friendly 2019-2020.

Chairman of the group Alan Hale told us “This renewal speaks volumes for the work that the volunteers on the DAA put into trying to make the two communities dementia friendly for those living with dementia and also their carers.”

The group run a regular ‘Music for the Mind’ on the second and fourth Thursday at St Dunstan’s Church Hall between 1030 and 1215 and this event recently celebrated its 50th session. Since its small beginning it now attracts up to eighteen people living with dementia together with their carers. Anyone who has received a diagnosis of dementia is welcome to attend with a carer and the sessions are provided free.

Volunteers also carry out ‘dementia friendly surveys’ of shops and business premises where the public have access and these are advisory and provided free. The group are keen to hear from customer facing businesses to invite them to conduct the survey.

‘Dementia Friends’ sessions are also available from the group and these can be delivered to businesses, groups such as churches, clubs or any other gathering. The sessions last just sixty minutes and the aim is to give those who attend a much better understanding of dementia and the challenges for those living with dementia. They can also tailor a shorter presentation delivering the main messages if time is limited for the attendees.

Recently the DAA partnered with Churches Together in Keynsham & Saltford to support an initiative by Barbara Outhwaite to provide a short church service for those living with dementia. Seven people living with dementia attended with carers and a few supporters from the churches and it is anticipated, that in the same way that Music For The Mind has grown, the attendance at the services will grow exponentially in November and December. The DAA provided a tea after the service.

Currently Homemakers at the Baptist Church are supporting the DAA as are Tangent who meet at the Saltford Golf Club.

Anyone or any organisation or company interested in any of the services that the DAA provide can make contact with them on email at dementiafriendlykeynsham@gmail.com or on 0117 9837923.

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