All singing and all dancing with Dementia

We are pleased to announce a week of events arranged in conjunction with Bath & North East Somerset Dementia Action Alliance.

Events are taking place Monday 4th February to Sun 10th February 2019.

Please see this flyer for more information.

Keynsham based events include a Make a Move session on Monday 4th February in St Dunstan’s at 2-3pm (booking required). They’ll be resources and information in the Library on Tuesday 5th.

The regular Music for the Mind session will run in St Dunstan’s on Thursday 14th.

Christmas Music for the mind session

At our Music for the Mind session on Thursday December 13th at St Dunstan’s Church Hall we had a number of visitors. At her personal request, we received a second visit from Cllr Karen Walker (Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Council) and to add to the occasion we had a visit from a class of children from St John’s Church of England School who sang a selection of carols for our clients and the volunteers.

All of the children were given squash and ginger bread men. All of our clients were also given a small gift. As the children and teachers left they asked if it could become a regular annual visit and we were happy to accept that offer.

A couple of pictures from the event are shown below.

Saltford Morning WI Craft Sale fundraise

Over the last few weeks the local Women’s Institute were working hard to raise money through their creations. This culminated in the main craft sale held 1 December. Their excellent work facilitated by the group’s President, Merrial Knight, have raised approximately £650 to help the local Dementia Action Alliance. A fantastic effort by all but particular thanks also go to Louise Martin for her significant efforts.

Merrial and Louise at the craft sale.

Some of items that were up for sale.

Louise Martin with some of her creations.

Music for the Mind and Craft Sales

An excellent session of Music for the Mind was held on the 8th November.

It was a great attendance of 16 people with dementia, with a very positive atmosphere. If you know of someone who would benefit from attending please invite them along, or get in contact.

A craft sale was also held, which will also be available over the next two meetings. This was to help raise funds for Keynsham Dementia Action Alliance.

The two ladies pictured attend our twice monthly music for the mind sessions and kindly agreed for the picture showing their handiwork. The two ladies are residents at Sunnymede care home in Keynsham and are shown with their carer Jodie in the middle.

The main craft sale is being held at Saltford hall on Saturday December 1st from 10am.

All of the craft items are being made by Saltford morning WI who have chosen Keynsham Dementia Action Alliance to be their charity of the year. Please do attend and find something to take home with you, whilst supporting a great cause.

Keynsham Dementia Action Alliance meet with Keynsham Walking Football Club

Walking Football.

On June 1st, two members of the KDAA, Secretary Merrial Knight and Treasurer Mike Knight attended a special event at Keynsham Town Football Club where the members of the Keynsham Walking Football Club had raised money for three charities one of which was the KDAA and they presented a cheque to Mr & Mrs Knight for £500.

Keynsham Walking Football Club secretary Martin Coles told us “As a walking football club we have a great time, keeping fit and enjoying ourselves but it also enables us to help charitable organisations and it was good that this year we were able to help two local charities, one of which was the Keynsham Dementia Action Alliance. We recognise that dementia is a growing issue and we were pleased to help what is being done locally for those living with dementia.”

The KDAA are working towards making both Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Friendly and have recently distributed guidance booklets to High Street and Temple Street businesses giving advice to customer facing staff in order to make it easier for them serving those with dementia.

KDAA Chairman Alan Hale told us “We are most grateful to Keynsham Walking Football Club for their very kind donation. It will help us to make what we do sustainable and at the same time it will spread the word regarding the KDAA through the football club members and their friends and family.”