2017 has got off to a good start for our Dementia Friends champions in Prestatyn.
With awareness sessions held for NEWCIS at North Wales Bowling Centre conducted by North Wales Police PCSO Laura. With assistance from Sue of Prestatyn Town Council and Lucie from Home Instead.
At the same time Steve from Artisans Collective CIC was undergoing his Champions training at Abergele.
Later in the afternoon Artisans Collective held a local champions drop-in session at the Old Library in Prestatyn. This enabled a great exchange of idea’s for further development of our Dementia Friendly Community.
Later that evening Pete gave a presentation to Prestatyn Business Forum. Encouraging shop and business owners and staff to become Dementia friends.
We are in the final stages of setting up regular dementia friends engagement events at The Old Library on Nant Hall Road in Prestatyn.
This is achievable due to kind funding from i61 Church, and ICF funding via DVSC, with contributions from the Dyserth W.I. Plus some very kind private donations.
Steve is ready, willing and prepared to deliver Dementia friends awareness sessions. Therefore we can cater for smaller sessions to be held at The Old Library on a regular basis.
During these friendly and interactive Sessions. You will increase your understanding of dementia, and think about the small things that you can do to make a difference to people affected by dementia in our community.
Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend – we want school children and young people to be involved, as well as older people.
You don’t need any previous experience or knowledge of dementia to be a Dementia Friend. You do need to want to know a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turn that understanding into something that could make a difference to people with dementia living in Prestatyn
Please join us. Because, together, we can make Prestatyn an even more dementia friendly community.
Police team in Prestatyn are all now Dementia Friends.
We are very pleased that the North Wales Police safer neighbourhood team in Prestatyn have become Dementia Friends.
Peter Harrison quoted “As chair of Prestatyn Dementia community it has been fantastic to have the support from Mark and his team from the very start of the initiative, including team members taking up active roles on our steering group.
To have all members of his team now dementia friends shows great commitment to our local community and will help raise awareness of Dementia in our locality.”
This week as part of the Health4All event held at Artisans Collective in co-production with Healthy Prestatyn .
The Police stand promoted all of the great community work they do and offered lots of advice.
The weekly Mind Music group sang all morning outside the Old Library.
Whilst we had information available via Artisans Collective and the town council.
A number of people living with Dementia attended on the day some of them attracted by the banner now outside the Old Library Building.
A big part of what we do, being part of the i61 church £10 Challenge again in 2016 is really helping us spread the word.
We are involved with the i61 Ten Pound Challenge in 3 ways in 2016.
- Our Chair Pete built an electric bike to ride the Great Orme in LLandudno. He was sponsored to raise money for all of the charities involved and at the same time raising awareness for our Dementia Friendly Community and its Dementia Friends.
- He is now using the bike each day and donating his fuel savings to the cause.
- We would love Prestatyn Dementia friendly community to be one of the recipients of the funding, to enable us to raise even more awareness of Dementia Friends in our locality. You can vote for us here.
Below is more about the i61 church and the Ten pound Challenge, taken from their website
CONNECTING & ENGAGING YOUR COMMUNITY:
The £10 Challenge was developed specifically to help our local community and connect us with them in positive ways
What we have succeeded to do so far:-
1. Build relationships with local people, local shops and business’s
2. Build relationships with a lot of local individual volunteer workers, charities and local groups.
3. Raise the profile of our church in our community significantly
4. Build relationship with the local press who now run stories almost on a weekly basis during the £10 Challenge
5. Bless a lot of small local groups and smaller charities running some great projects who struggle to secure any funding from government and who struggle to fund raise because of their size. e.g. Brownies, Cubs, Junior football teams, feeding the homeless, Foodbanks etc. Instead of giving our initial outlay of £1,000 to 10 local good causes i.e. £100 each, we were able in year 1, to give each of them £1,000.
This year they are supporting…
- Conwy Brownie & Conwy Rainbows unit
- St David’s Hospice
- Llandudno FC Girls teams
- Clwb-Yr-Efail, Conwy
- Craft Companions – Colwyn Bay
- Rotary Club Llandudno
- CreataSmile North Wales
- & 3 to be Selected by Public Vote (lets hope this is us)