Like many organisations the Keynsham & Saltford Dementia Action Alliance (KSDAA) is coming out of the Covid hibernation looking to return to normal.
Once the Covid restrictions came into force in 2020 the KSDAA had to close its doors on its ever popular twice monthly Music For the Mind, sadly depriving many people who were living with dementia of two mornings out each month and the opportunity to sing many well known songs.
Chairman of KSDAA Alan Hale told us “Having to close was such a shame because many of our clients so enjoyed the sessions and many who had little communication would suddenly come out of themselves and sing all of the words of some of the songs. It was both heart-warming and rewarding. The mornings afforded some respite for the carers as well.”
The group is to reopen their sessions on July 22nd at St Dunstan’s Church Hall, Bristol Road, Keynsham and then continue on the second and fourth Thursday of each month between 1030am and 12.15pm. The sessions are free unless those attending wish to make a small donation. Carers must stay with those living with dementia. All sessions will be Covid safe. Temperatures will be taken and masks and sanitiser will be necessary. It is also hoped those attending will take a rapid flow test at home the day before but that will not be a requirement of attending.
The normal format of each session, is coffee, tea, cake and chat for half an hour and then in a circle a few light seated exercises but only doing what you can and then followed by singing and percussion with a professional facilitator. For the first few sessions until singing is permitted in groups, there will still be the coffee, tea, cakes and chat but then a bit of entertainment. Seating will be suitably spaced.
Mr Hale concluded “We the volunteers are really looking forward to receiving clients and carers again and we hope that we might see some new faces as well as our regulars, all are welcome if they have had a diagnosis of dementia.”
Anyone interested in attending the sessions should make contact with KSDAA via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 07776493221 or 0117 9837923.
The KSDAA are also setting up online Zoom sessions to deliver ‘Dementia Friends’ familiarisation sessions and can also offer informa surveys of shops and business premises in order to help make the venue more dementia friendly to those living with dementia.