Virtual Dementia Carers Peer Support Group

Do you care for someone with dementia? Get support from someone who understands.

Alzheimer’s society  are running virtual support groups over Zoom.

During Covid Lockdown the zoom groups had a limited places. Now we have extended its capacity and can offer it to more dementia carers.

Carers benefit meeting experienced and very friendly carers and a Dementia Adviser.

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The Calderdale support groups run on the 3rd Thursday of each month 1.45pm – 3pm.

Please contact your local office before attending

email: candk.services@alzeimers.org.uk
phone: 01422 352789

CFFC launches Local Care Direct Health & Wellbeing Fund for Calderdale residents

Mother and Daughter – image courtesy of Pixability

Local residents to benefit from projects supporting their health and wellbeing.

The Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) have partnered with Local Care Direct to support people with their health and wellbeing. With grants of up to £5,000 available to not for profit organisations, the new fund created by Local Care Direct aims to make a real difference in these difficult times.

They are particularly interested in projects supporting residents in Calderdale to improve their health and wellbeing in the following key areas:

  1. Reducing Health Inequalities
  2. Mental Health
  3. Homelessness
  4. Tackling Isolation
  5. Dementia

Application deadline is 28th April 2021. For more details, eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit https://cffc.co.uk/local-care-direct-health-wellbeing-fund/

Steve Duncan, CEO of the Community Foundation for Calderdale explained, “the grants of up to £5,000 are available to organisations who are running projects to reduce health inequalities, help mental health, reduce homelessness, and tackle isolation and dementia for local residents.”

“We do not yet know the full impact of COVID 19 but we have already seen rises in incidences of domestic abuse, changes in employment impacting on deprivation and homelessness, and mental health being negatively affected for many people. Reducing health inequalities remains a challenge in Calderdale.”

Helen Carr, CEO of Local Care Direct, highlighted that they are delighted to be in a position to provide support, particularly during a pandemic when support is severely needed. When setting up the fund, she emphasised the need “to create real opportunities that would make a difference in the communities in which we live and serve. As a social enterprise it is important to us to partner with organisations with in-depth knowledge of our local area, charities and voluntary groups, to ensure the support available has the maximum impact. We’re excited to begin this process and are looking forward to seeing the applications.”

Constituted voluntary, community and faith groups, registered charities and groups and CICs who do not pay dividends can apply for a grant. The deadline for applications is 28th April 2021. For more details about the eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit https://cffc.co.uk/local-care-direct-health-wellbeing-fund/

 

Understanding Dementia Online Course in February 2019

Understanding Dementia is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), offering university-quality education about the latest in dementia research and care. This free course provides an opportunity to engage with the perspectives of an international community, without requiring exams or assignments.

Understanding Dementia is designed to be accessible and appealing to people from diverse backgrounds, including:

The mooc.utas.edu.au website enables access to the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) developed by the University of Tasmania, including the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre.

Health professionals

  • Community and residential facility support staff
  • People in the early stages of the disease, their families and carers
  • Social scientists
  • Health policymakers
  • Individuals with a general interest in dementia

Understanding Dementia addresses the foremost issues surrounding dementia, providing avenues for discussion as well as rich global networking opportunities to engage with this major international health Issue. The course provides knowledge designed to maximise quality of life across the trajectory of dementia for people with the condition, their families and carers.

To obtain the most from this course, participants should expect to spend approximately 3 hours per week engaging with the content and completing related course activities. There are 7 weeks of scheduled content. After completing the final quizzes for all three modules of the course: ‘The Brain’, ‘The Diseases’ and ‘The Person’, participants will be eligible to download a certificate of completion.

Course Outline
A background on basic brain anatomy and function

The Brain
The Brain provides background content on basic nervous system anatomy and function, followed by a discussion of the diseases that cause dementia, current dementia research and future directions.

Nervous system anatomy

  • Anatomy with Body Central
  • Pathology of dementia
  • Future directions of dementia research
  • Explores the differences between dementia and normal ageing

The Diseases

The Diseases explores differences between normal ageing and dementia, risk factors, issues surrounding diagnosis, as well as medical management.

Difference between normal ageing and dementia

  • Risk factors for dementia
  • Domains of dementia
  • Diagnosis of dementia
  • Younger onset dementia
  • Stages of dementia and focusing support
  • Medical management

The course addresses the difficulties in recognising symptoms, progression and staging of the disease and also what it is like to live with dementia

The Person
The Person addresses difficulties in recognising symptoms, living with dementia, palliation, pain, dementia friendly communities, dementia inclusive design, and non-pharmacological therapies.

Insidious onset of dementia

  • Living with dementia
  • Dementia palliation
  • Non-pharmacological therapies
  • Behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia
  • Pain and dementia
  • Advanced dementia symptoms and management
  • Dementia friendly communities
  • Dementia inclusive design

Enrolment Details
Enrolment opens: 4 November 2018
Enrolment closes: 8 March 8 2019 6:00am

Course Details
Course opens: 18 February 2019 10:00pm
Course closes: 3 May 2019 8:00 AM

Dementia event with the Calderdale Women’s Interfaith Group

The next event with the Calderdale Women’s Interfaith Group is a joint meeting with another group who are carrying out a project on Dementia this year.

Wednesday 5 April – 10am
At St Andrew’s Methodist Church, Huddersfield Road, Halifax, HX3 0AT

You will hear from Jayne O’Connell about dementia and how we can all help to improve the quality of life for people in our town who live with dementia.

North Halifax Staying Well – Dementia Awareness Session

Banner_Large4.pngDementia Champions Chris and June from the Memory Lane Cafe in Sowerby Bridge will be running a special dementia awareness session for North Halifax residents, businesses or organisations on Wednesday 7 September 2016

Learn more about what it is like to live with dementia and build your confidence to be able to support the people with dementia you live or work with.

This session will:

  • raise your awareness of memory loss and dementia
  • introduce you to becoming a ‘Dementia Friend’
  • help spread the word dementia

Suitable for anyone who lives, works or volunteers in North Halifax…  Register here…

On Wednesday 7 September 2016

10am – 12pm (arrive 9.30am for refreshements)

At Holy Nativity Church Mixenden – Sunny Bank Road
Mixenden, Halifax, HX2 8RX – View MapVOlunteer North Halifax

This is a FREE  event but please BOOK as places will be limited! 

Register here…

Raising Awareness of Dementia – VAC Training

This session will raise awareness around Dementia and help participants to understand more about the condition and explores how they can become involved in the Dementia Friends campaign.

Tuesday 12 July – 10am to 12pm
At Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall St, Halifax, HX1 5AY

Click here to book yourself a place

New Horizons Memory Cafe every Thursday

You and your carer/family member are invited to ‘The Memory Cafe’ which is for those who are  experiencing Early Stage Dementia/Memory Loss.

Every Thursday – 12.30pm to 2.30pm
At New Horizons Wheatley Lane, Lee Mount, HX3 5EG

It will provide a fun, relaxed environment where you can chat over a cup of tea,  make new friends or join in with Activitiesand a range of information/leaflets will  be available.

For further information call Sue on 01422 366911 / 07493 544279 or email newhorizons@noahsarkcentre.org.uk