Members of our Social Care team who operate our Touchline Tea Stop café for local families affected by dementia, teamed up with Calderdale and Kirklees Alzheimer’s Society to help spread awareness on their Dementia Roadshow Bus and to speak to visitors about our café.
We are very proud of the significant relationships we continue to build with individuals, charities and organisations across our locations, all coproducing for a bigger cause beyond our own walls.
As part of our ongoing connections, we have partnered our local Alzheimer’s Society up with Halifax RLFC, who this week kindly presented players to a city centre event where members of the public were invited to hang up their messages confronting dementia, or a special memory, on their memory tree.
We have also connected them with highly accomplished Calderdale poet and poetry festival organiser, Winston Plowes, who will take these hangings and convert their main ideas into a poem, to be displayed outside their office on the main street.
Staff from one of our care home locations, Gilwood Lodge, also set up a stand in their local Asda to speak with shoppers and to be a presence for anyone wishing to chat about issues relating to dementia and their family. Another of our locations, Birchley Hall, invited families, friends and members of the wider community to a visiting theatre group, again, with the goal of raising awareness and offering support and advice.
These initiatives further support our membership of the Dementia Action Alliance, fulfilling our regional pledge to focus on ‘general awareness raising and partnership in our specific area to develop a dementia-friendly community’. This all contributes to the larger national aim of: ‘bringing about a society-wide response to dementia by encouraging and supporting communities and organisations across England to take practical actions to enable people to live well with dementia and reduce the risk of costly crisis intervention’.
We look forward to keeping you updated on the success of these and further initiatives.