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Dementia Friends Cramlington

Dementia Friends are helping Cramlington become a dementia friendly town with their Dementia Friends monthly coffee mornings.

During this year’s Dementia Action Week the Cramlington dementia working group and Manor Walks Shopping Centre joined forces and created a Thought Wall. Having reviewed all the comments received the group came up with the idea of a meeting place for carers, support workers, dementia friends and people living with the condition.

Coffee mornings will take place on the first Thursday of every month at Nando’s in Cramlington. It’s a great opportunity to meet people, find support and advice on living with dementia and also to discuss ideas to support the town in becoming dementia friendly.

Dementia Friends are on hand to give information and help suggest other available support services  – these things can make a huge difference when you or someone you know has dementia. The coffee morning aims to provide a safe and supportive place for you to:

  • Discuss your own dementia diagnosis, or someone else’s, and think about what it means for the future.
  • Speak to  Dementia Friends and discuss how to help make Cramlington a dementia friendly town.
  • Meet and learn from other people in similar situations.
  • Keep active, make new friends and feel more confident.

You can join in at Nando’s, Cramlington from 10.00am to12.00pm on the first Thursday of the month and everyone is welcome.

Find out more about support with dementia at our Dementia Page

Dementia report

Are people with dementia getting the right support?

To find out whether people are getting the right dementia support as their condition deteriorates, Healthwatch England reviewed:

  • What over 700 people said about their care
  • Data from 97 councils about whether people’s needs are being assessed and reviewed
Fewer than half of all people with dementia, who use social care, are getting the regular care reviews they are entitled to. Councils must ensure that these reviews are happening in a timely fashion, to meet the requirements of the Care Act 2014 and to make all care plans responsive to people’s changing needs.

Key Findings

  • People don’t always have a clear understanding of the support available to them and how to access care.
  • On average, people wait over two months between requesting support for dementia from the council, to that support being put in place. However by the time that people ask, they are at crisis point.
  • Once people have a care plan, only 45% are reviewed annually.
  • People with dementia are more likely to receive unplanned reviews triggered by an emergency or sudden event than general social care users.
  • 65% of people with dementia who had a review were referred for a full reassessment. However, half of these reassessments led to no change in the level of care and support.
  • One third of people with dementia, using long-term care services did not receive any review, whether planned or unplanned.

 

Morpeth Memory Cafe

Morpeth memory Cafe is held at Morpeth Methodist Church and Centre for the Community. The cafe is for people with memory problems or dementia, and their family and friends. Come along for a chat, to pick up information and to enjoy some social time with others in a similar situation to your own. No need to book,  you can just drop in.

Refreshments will be available.

The café will run on the Thursdays shown below from 10.30am to 12.00pm in the coffee lounge at the Morpeth Methodist Centre, Howard Terrace, Morpeth. For further information please contact the church office on 01670 511078 or e-mail office@morpethmeth.org.

 

Memory Café Dates  June  – December 2019

June 6th and 20th

July 4th and 18th

August 1st and 15th

September 5th and 19th

October 3rd and 17th

November 7th and 21st

December 5th and 19th

 

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NICE Guide to Dementia – Support after Diagnosis

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced a useful guide for people who have received a dementia diagnosis and their families. A diagnosis of dementia may create very mixed emotions. Coming to terms with it, making decisions and planning ahead are all part of living well with dementia. Getting information and support when you need it from people working in health and social care can make a real difference.

Read the NICE Dementia Support Guide

 

 

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Magic Memories Dementia Group Cafe

This special cafe is for people with memory problems or dementia and their carers. Come along for a chat, to pick up information and to enjoy some social time with others in a similar situation to your own where you can share ideas and experiences.

No need to book, just drop in. Refreshments will be available.

The café will run fortnightly on Mondays on the dates shown below, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm in the Church Hall at Blyth Central Methodist Church, Beaconsfield Street.

Please note that the cafe is independent to any of the church groups or activities. For further information please contact Kath on: 07762 743579 or Joanne on: 07762 403292, or you can email: magicmemories2018@gmail.com.

 

Magic Memories Dementia Café Dates 2019. Open on Mondays

January 14th and 28th

February 11th and 25th

March 11th and 25th

April 8th and 29th

May 13th

June 3rd and 17th

July 1st, 15th and 29th

August 12th

September 9th, 23rd

October 7th and 21st

November 4th and 18th

December 2nd and 16th

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Alzheimers UK Hexham drop-ins

Are you worried about your memory? Come and have an informal chat with a dementia adviser at one of the new monthly drop-ins at Cafe @ Burn Lane, from Alzheimers UK. The drop-ins take place on the first Monday of the month, starting 3 December, between 11.00am and 1.00pm.

For more information contact: northumberland@alzheimers.org.uk.

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Northumberland Side by Side Service

Alzheimer’s Society’s Side by Side service has a real focus on empowering people affected by dementia. Volunteers support people living with dementia to identify their own personal talents, strengths and capabilities and help them to maintain fulfilling relationships with their peers and the wider community. Volunteers encourage people with dementia to get out and about, be active, retain old activities and take up new interests where possible.

This might be anything from taking part in a local activity and accessing universal services such as public transport, employment agencies to visiting museums, cinemas, pubs, and participating in everyday leisure pursuits.

We know that not every person with dementia will wish to be active within the community, so Side by Side volunteers will also support people with dementia who wish to take part in dementia specific activity/groups or maybe want to engage in hobbies or leisure pursuits in their own home.

The primary aim of Side by Side, however, will remain to encourage and support people with dementia to remain active within their communities.

Our volunteers are fully trained and supported by a Side by Side Coordinator.

 

The outcomes of the Side By Side service are to ensure:

  • People with dementia have more contact and are more integrated with the wider community.
  • People with dementia are involved and engaged in regular community based activity and have access to universal services in their community.
  • People with dementia see an increase in their social networks.
  • More people with dementia are empowered to have a voice as active citizens.
  • There is a wider range of opportunities to engage in community based activity within a local area.

The Northumberland services covers all of the county.

If you would like to access the service or require any further information please contact the Side by Side Coordinators on:

01670 813255 or email sidebysidenorthumberland@alzheimers.org.uk.

Gold Stars

Magic Memories Dementia Group Cafe

This group is for people with memory problems or dementia and their carers. The cafe is held at Blyth Central Methodist Church Hall, Beaconsfield Street, Blyth and is a place to chat, pick up information and enjoy some social time with others in a similar situation to your own where you can share ideas and experiences.

There’s no need to book, just drop in.  Refreshments will be available.

The café will run every two weeks on Mondays, dates shown below, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm in the church hall.

For further information please contact Kath on: 07762 743579 or Joanne on: 07762 403292 or email: Magicmemories2018@gmail.com.

 

Magic Memories Dementia Café Dates 2018

23 April

7 and 21 May

4 and 18 June

2, 16 and 30 July

13 and 27 August

10 and 24 September

8 and 22 October

5 and 19 November

3, 17 and 31 December

 

 

Memory Cafe

Morpeth Memory Cafe

Dates for Morpeth Memory Cafe have been confirmed up to the end of the year.

For people with memory problems or dementia and their family and friends, the cafe is a great place to come along for a chat, pick up some information and to enjoy social time with others in a similar situation to your own. No need to book, just drop in!

Refreshments are available.

The café takes place on the Thursdays shown below, from 10.30 am to 12.00 noon in the coffee lounge at the Morpeth Methodist Centre. For further information please contact the church office on 01670 511078 or e-mail office@morpethmeth.org

 

Memory Café Dates 2017:

17th August

7th and 21st September

5th and 19th October

2nd and 16th November

7th and 21st December

For more information and support please see our Dementia page.

Events

Become a Dementia Friend

Come along to this free, interactive information session to learn how dementia affects a person and what you can do to make a difference. Become a Dementia Friend and join more than two million others taking action. From being more patient in a shop queue to campaigning for change, every action counts.

Anyone of any age can become a Dementia Friend.

Taking place at:

The Beaumont Hotel, Hexham NE46 3LT

5.15pm (for one hour)

All welcome. Please book in advance by emailing: edward.chivers@alzheimers.org.uk or call or text: 07784 224678.

Community Information Morning Hexham

The next Information Morning is on Thursday 14 November, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Call in to this free event for a cuppa and slice of cake and discover more about what’s on offer locally. Advice and information about health and wellbeing, local services, social activities and more. There’s so much out there – come along and see what there is for you.

The Big Sing at Adapt (NE)

Adapt (NE) will be holding a ‘Big Sing’ at Cafe @ Burn Lane on BBC Music Day, Thursday 26 September. Music Day is the UK wide, annual celebration of the power of music to change lives, with over a thousand events across the UK and broadcasts on TV, radio and digital. The theme this year is music and wellbeing; the power of music to inspire, bring us together and make a positive impact.

The plan for The Big Sing in Northumberland is to get as many people, groups, organisations and places singing the same song at the same time: 11.00am on Thursday.

As part of this initiative, BBC Music Day will be launching an ambitious project, to help bring music to everyone living with dementia by 2020. September is also World Alzheimer’s Month, with World Alzheimer’s Day being on 21st September each year.

You are invited to join in at 10.45am, ready for The Big Sing at 11.00am. The chosen song is Hey Jude and we will provide the words and accompanying music. It would be great to have your support – everyone is welcome! We will be filming the event.

Summer flowers

Ageing Well Summer Roadshow

This summer roadshow is a great way to find out more about staying active, staying involved and staying well. You can also find out about local activities and volunteering opportunities near you.

For more information contact Karen Cox on: 01670 858688 or email: karen.cox@northumberlandcva.org.uk.

A Space at the Table

Screening of locally made film about dementia

Peter Woods of HexhamTV has made a film with a group of carers from Amble who are looking after their partners with dementia.

The film  is called ‘A Space at the Table’ because the space at the table that the person living with dementia would normally fill is gradually fading away with far reaching implications for each person living with dementia and also for their partners.

The film which lasts for an hour and 16 minutes is very personal and powerful and comes with a warning that it is not suitable to be shown to those living with dementia, those under 16 or to people who may be adversely affected by seeing its contents

With the kind support of Tynedale Dementia Action Group and The Forum Cinema, Hexham, Peter’s film is now being shown during Dementia Action Week 2019, on Wednesday 22 May, to highlight the honest and truthful experience of carers of partners living with dementia in Northumberland..

For more details and to book for this free screening click here.

For information and support regarding dementia please visit our dementia page

Hexham Abbey Living well in tynedale

Living Well in Tynedale

This event is hosted by Tynedale Dementia Action Alliance and is designed to be a fun afternoon that can help optimise physical and mental health.

Everyone is welcome to come along and find out what support and activities are available in the area. Highlights will include:

  • How to stay active and fit
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Start new hobbies and interests
  • Financial advice and resources
  • Live music

Refreshments will be available at the event. Healthwatch Northumberland will be there so make sure you come and say hello!

Middle aged woman chatting to a man

Alzheimers Drop-in Session March

Are you worried about your memory? Come and have an informal chat with a dementia adviser at one of the new monthly drop-ins at Cafe @ Burn Lane at Adapt (NE) in Hexham. The drop-ins take place on the first Monday of the month, between 11.00am and 1.00pm.

For more information call: 01434 607318 or email: northumberland@alzheimers.org.uk.

Middle aged woman chatting to a man

Alzheimers Drop-in Session February

Are you worried about your memory? Come and have an informal chat with a dementia adviser at one of the new monthly drop-ins at Cafe @ Burn Lane at Adapt (NE) in Hexham. The drop-ins take place on the first Monday of the month, between 11.00am and 1.00pm.

For more information call: 01434 607318 or email: northumberland@alzheimers.org.uk.

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Dementia Training for Carers

Dementia training for carers.. 10 Helpful Hints for Carers

Do you care for a person with dementia? The Dementia Training Centre is offering FREE Dementia Training for Carers. They will be holding a session in Morpeth on Tuesday 17 April 2018 at the Northumberland County Blind Association.

The event gives practical information and help which draws on research and knowledge developed over the last 25 years. It provides an opportunity for carers to explore specific issues which matter to them, both with each other and with experts from Dementia Services Development Centre. The training is delivered in a relaxed environment by experts who have both professional and personal experience of caring for a family member with dementia. There will also be an opportunity for private questions.

Dementia Training for Carers days are free to attend, thanks to support from the Dementia Fund (Comic Relief, The Ballinger Trust and Northern Rock) and are available for family and unpaid carers living in the North East of England and Cumbria. The training takes place from 10:30am for a 11am start until 3pm with lunch and refreshments provided. To book contact the Carers Northumberland information line on: 01670 320025 or email: info@carersnorthumberland.org.uk

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Stepping into Spring – Prudhoe

This event is from Ageing Well in Northumberland is a chance to meet local communities and charities for older people. The aim is to help older people in the area find out more about staying active, involved and well, plus activities and volunteering opportunities in the area. Local organisations, including Healthwatch Northumberland, will be there with information stands, brimming with useful advice for local residents. MP Guy Opperman will be there to answer any questions and there will be complimentary tea and cake on offer.

This event is rescheduled from March.

For more information please email: karenquinn.guyopperman@gmail.com.