The Voluntary Action Calderdale Column – February 2019
The recollection of a memory can be a powerful thing, particularly for those who live with dementia. Throughout Calderdale, voluntary and community organisations not only provide support and advice to those living with dementia, but offer an array of services that work to continuously spark their memories.
When I was 19, I travelled around Australia, armed only with my backpack and an iPod shuffle. Whenever I hear Crazy by Gnarls Barkley, I am transported back to a Sydney beach with a sandy BBQ and the obligatory paddle in the sea. A walk down memory lane can be an incredibly emotive feeling and one that can be harder and harder to do for people who have dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Working at Voluntary Action Calderdale, I have insider knowledge on the fantastic organisations supporting people with dementia and in this month’s column I have the pleasure of introducing them to you!
The Arch-Way Project
The Arch-Way Project run a free weekly event called Past Times (pictured). The event is held at Arden Road Social Club and although it’s aimed at those living with or at risk from dementia, it is open to all.
Past Times is a night out (but on a Monday afternoon!). Every week, a live musician performs all your favourite hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Doors open at 1.30pm and start with a quiz designed to trigger memories, plusof course, a couple of games of bingo!
To find out more, please call 01422 251613.
Young Onset Dementia & Alzheimer’s (YODA)
YODA is a Calderdale based support group for those diagnosed with dementia under the age of 65. Any diagnosis of dementia is devastating, but when received at a younger age, the personal circumstances can be very different from those faced in later years.
YODA meets every Friday 2.00pm – 4pm in Halifax and offers a valuable lifeline for both those diagnosed and their carers. As well as offering signposting support to practical help, YODA embraces the positive attitudes and sense of humour that allow us to live positively with dementia.
To find out more please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Memory Lane Cafe
Memory Lane Cafe Calderdale is a local charity which provides support for people affected by dementia, other memory problems and isolation. They run regular pop-up cafes in Sowerby Bridge (2nd & 4th Saturday of the month at 1.30pm) and Halifax (1st & 3rd Wednesday at 2.00pm).
The cafes offer a varied programme of games, crafts, information, live music, conversation and cake!
To find out more, please call 01422 706373 or visit www.memorylanecafe.org.
‘Time to Think’ is a new service at Overgate Hospice specifically for people with dementia to attend with their carers. Time to Think offers a holistic approach to individual needs, focusing on person-centred care and support for people living with dementia. The programme provides a safe, friendly environment where people with dementia can attend, with their carers, and gain access to advice, information and support from a dedicated team of staff and volunteers. The programme also includes music as therapy and relaxation alongside activities throughout each session.
To access this service, please speak to your GP or Healthcare professional about making a referral on your behalf.
Next month’s column will be looking at the local organisations that have their community at the centre of everything they do.
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