Services and activities for people with memory loss or dementia and their carers
Delivering a wide variety of themed activities addressing individual need and utilising the vast library of resources already available, e.g. reminiscence sessions, art and craft, music and memories, armchair travel, seasonal sessions, feasts and festivals, fitness and fun, gardening, cooking and relaxation, games.
Partnership working has allowed the service to provide counselling for carers and other complimentary therapies and treatments.
Reveal Productions (A social and community theatre working as an agent for change)
A project supporting carers to share their stories through film in order to promote the need for meaningful and accessible respite for carers
The film is also promoted as a training resource aimed at professionals engaging with family carers.
Spark Somerset (A charity providing practical support to the voluntary sector across Somerset)
Working with small organisations across the county to support them to: develop sustainability plans, improve their accessibility, train their staff, develop links with local communities and provide better provision for people living with dementia and their carers.
The FILO Project (High quality day care in an intimate home setting)
Delivering engaging activities to small groups of up to four people with moderate dementia, based in peoples living rooms. Activities are person centred and bespoke depending on the interests of the individuals attending.
Transport is provided to ensure everyone can get to the ‘hosts’ living room for the day.
The project improves social connectedness for people who have become isolated and have lost their confidence due to memory problems.
The FrogLife Trust (A wildlife conservation charity)
The Green Pathways For Life aims to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers through conservation activities which help people to connect with nature.
Activities include: Wildlife gardening, Bird box building, Pond hibernacula or bog garden creation, Pond dipping, Wildlife Photography, Butterfly/bee observation, Willow weaving, Bird feeding and identification, Tree bark rubbings and stories etc.
Heads Up (Wells Based Mental Health Charity)
Delivering Memories Workshops for five hours a day, two days a week. Sessions include, woodwork, (with a trained instructor) Pottery, (focusing on creativity, dexterity and joint movement), Chair Yoga and Tai Chi, (with a focus on meditation, relaxation balance and agility) and Cookery, (focusing on senses, touch and smell and sharing memories related to cooking and food.)
Creative Innovation Centre (A Community Interest Company and a proactive and engaging arts and cultural centre.)
Delivering daytime arts programmes including specialist (10 week) art courses and Reminiscence Jazz Tea Dances led by Masters Of Fine Art and well known and respected Jazz Musicians.
The service is managed and supported by a team of professional staff and volunteers, allowing for carer respite.
The Reader Project (A wellbeing charity supporting people a love for reading)
The Feel Better with a Book Project work in partnership with a range of dementia and mental health charities to deliver engaging and enjoyable joint reading sessions for people with dementia and their carers.
The funding is being used to create a shared reading hub in Taunton Library to make this project more accessible.
The W.H.E.R.E Centre (A charity supporting isolated adults to connect)
Delivering group sessions five days a week, supporting people in activities including arts and crafts with an emphasis on relationship building.
Transport and lunch is provided which has improved accessibility and made life easier for carers.
Wincanton Dementia Cafe
A Dementia Café is a social gathering place for persons with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s or other dementia and their family and friends
There is a monthly programme of activities including, talks, quizzes, crafts and music to provide stimulation and socialisation. The space is safe and welcoming with access to information and support.
Starting in the Autumn of 2020 The Magdalen Environmental Trust, based in Winsham, near Chard, will be offering once-a-week sessions for adults with dementia and their carers on their organic farm with activities ranging from cookery and jam-making to polytunnel horticulture and meeting and feeding the animals
Arc at Egwood
Ark at Egwood provide activities which are predominantly land based, as the therapeutic use of outside spaces and animals has been proven to positively impact in helping restore wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem with people of all ages.
Activities may include: Horticulture/Gardening/ Hedge laying, Cooking/Baking
Singing/Music, Creative Crafts/Art activities/knitting or needlecraft, Animal Husbandry, Word games, Item identification, Practice in the use of money, Group discussion… etc. Whichever most appeals to each individual.
The Our Turn Project at Take Art is a 2 year programme of creative day time activities that provide dance and wordplay sessions to support people with memory loss or dementia and their carers.
Find Your Voice
The Find Your Voice Momentum project will bring together people living with dementia and their carers and support them in music and movement group work across a ten week course. There is an emphasis on using your voice, taking up space, being loud and expressing yourself. The funding will cover 39 10-week-courses across Somerset.
Cognitive Stimulation Therapy in Somerset. The Very First CST Programme facilitated by a charity in the UK. Participants will be led by 2 qualified, CST trained Age UK Somerset practitioners. Not only will participants benefit from the programme but carers will be able to benefit from 4 to 6 hours a week ‘free time’.