Isolation Resources – November

It’s Happy Days Memory Cafe’s 5th birthday on 6th November. Normally we’d celebrate in person with cake but this year it’s online but there’s still cake! Helen from RWA has kindly created an activity for everyone to do at home this week. We’ll also be sharing some photos of the past five years on our Facebook page – doesn’t seem five minutes since ‘the Fonz’ opened it! 

We are delighted to have been chosen again by Co-op Community Fund. Please do support us by choosing BDAA as your charity. Further details here. We would appreciate it if you could help us promote this by using our poster or the link above.

We thought you might be interested in this webinar: Dementia research: updates and opportunities, Nov 10, 2020 1:00 PM London. Flyer here.

  • Dr James Selwood (CUBOId: Using Home Sensor Technology in Dementia Research @ReMemBr Group, University of Bristol)
  • Nicolle Appleton (The Julius Clinical Study: An Overview @Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE), Royal United Hospital, Bath)
  • Dr Tomas Welsh (Promoting Activity, Independence and Stability in Early Dementia (PrAISED) @Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE), Royal United Hospital, Bath)
  • Professor Rik Cheston (Enhancing dementia services for people from south Asian communities (ADAPT) @ University of the West of England
  • Vanessa Bishop (So you want to take part in a clinical trial: how to get involved @ Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE), Royal United Hospital, Bath) 

This ‘Communication and Dementia’ webinar sounds good. It is suitable for any colleagues, staff, volunteers, friends, family and carers of people living with dementia. This is being organised by Winsome Barrett-Muir at the South Glos Dementia Action Alliance, but relevant for people anywhere. It’s on 17th November at 10am. Here is their latest newsletter.

Western Power is inviting charities, community groups and local authorities to apply for awards of up to £1,500 to support initiatives such as those offering food and clothing parcels and hot meals, as well as gifts and support to vulnerable children, adults and the elderly over the Festive period.
Applications for the ‘In This Together – Community Matters Fund’ are welcome from registered charities, community groups and councils within the WPD distribution network area. The application winter holidays form is available from their website and the closing date for submissions is 15 November. Applicants will be notified as to whether their application has been successful or not by the end of November. Further details here..

Here is BRACE’s latest newsletter.

We Care Home Improvements has a new-look newsletter.

Please do pass on our details to any care homes/hospitals, individuals or organisations who could use MP3 players with people living with Dementia. We have funding to provide them free of charge with a personal playlist of 15 tracks in the Bristol area. This is part of the Purple Angel MP3 national scheme – they are urgently requesting any old MP3s that might be in a draw at home. See this information sheet.

We are pleased to be involved with Being a Dementia Friendly Church in a Pandemic zoom webinar on 27th November at 10.30am. Please book your free space on the Eventbrite page above and please share this poster.

Thanks to Pete at Alzheimer’s Society for this November Activity pack.

Celebrating Age Open Mic Night is on Wednesday, 25th November from 5pm via Zoom – sounds good!

In 2019, BDAA was funded by Bristol Community Health to work in partnership with the local Hindu Temple and Sikh Gurdwaras, to improve knowledge around dementia, and to hear about people’s dementia experiences or questions on this topic. We hope to build upon this project in the future. BDAA coordinates a network of dementia-friendly churches and we have some relevant resources available on our website which are useful for all faith-led organisations.  Please see this article by Subitha Baghirathan for further information about Diwali on 14th November 2020.

Here is the latest guidance from the government for unpaid carers.

Here is RWA’s latest newsletter. Lots of great activities to join in with.

BOPF’s latest newsletter.

An update from Silver Sunday including the story of the unknown warrior.

CASS is advertising for a Community Access Support Service Manager – job description and application form.

This celebration event sounds great.

The Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) undertook a survey of its members between May to July 2020 to assess the impact of Covid19 on services for people living with dementia and their carers. 
The survey covered a range of issues, from concerns for patient and staff safety and wellbeing, to specific issues on the impact on staff and patients of BAME origins. We received responses from 19 services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, providing invaluable insights into the difficulties encountered by all services during the COVID19 pandemic, but also the tremendous resourcefulness of staff on the ground in trying to cope and continue delivering vital services to patients and carers, albeit in modified form. 
Please see the attached survey report and Executive Summary.