Thursday, 14 February 2019

Become a volunteer with Somerset Sight

Sight impairment can happen to anyone and is largely age related. One in 5 people over 75 will suffer, making even the simplest of tasks difficult - going into one’s garden to see the flowers, making a cup of tea or reading the post. Driving is no longer possible so getting about is challenging, especially when there is little public transport. Occupying time becomes more difficult when you cannot read, go out for a walk or continue with hobbies that have been enjoyed throughout one’s life. Sight loss is known to increase the risk of depression, loneliness and isolation.
Somerset Sight has run a successful visiting service for more than 20 years, matching a trained volunteer with someone with sight loss. They meet for a couple of hours a week.
Sight impaired people in Somerset are waiting for a volunteer to help them with correspondence, trips out and socialising. To become a volunteer please contact Somerset Sight on 01823 333818. Full training and support is provided.

Activity Days

Reminiscence Learning are organising a series of Free Spring- and Summer-themed Activity days, the first of which is at Martock on 28th Feb. Details are on the poster which you can see by clicking here.
  • Everybody will take away a craft they have made 
  • Lunch and refreshments provided
  • Booking essential: contact office@reminiscencelearning.co.uk or phone 01823 323752

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Changes to Dementia day services in Somerset

Somerset County Council is changing the way it provides day time activities for people with memory loss or dementia. To move from a point of directly contracting one type of service to having a flourishing, sustainable colourful market of services SCC recognise pump prime funding is required to stimulate development of the market.
If you run, organise or plan to introduce a service that is relevant for those living with dementia, as an individual or organisation, meeting the priority needs below, grants may be available.
  1. Enabling day-time activities for people with moderate to severe dementia including supporting people experiencing complex symptoms of dementia. e.g. prone to wandering off or challenging behaviour.
  2. Enabling unpaid carers to have respite from their caring role.
  3. Enabling younger people (up to 60 years old) with memory loss or dementia to take part in activities and services which meet their needs
Contact: Heather Brumby
Senior Commissioning Officer,
Somerset County Council – Adult and Health Commissioning Team
Email: hbrumby@somerset.gov.uk

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Hear Dr Jennifer Bute at Bath

Bath and North East Somerset Dementia Action Alliance are organising a conference to be held at the Guildhall, Bath from 12-3.45pm on Thursday 7th Feb 2019.
There will be speakers including the amazing Dr Jennifer Bute, who has written a book on living with her dementia.
Tickets are free but you will need to sign up for them in advance on Eventbrite here.

Have you looked in our Diary?

The Diary page on our website contains details of events that take place in and around Somerton that are designed for, or appropriate to, those living with dementia. Take a look at it and please support the organisations listed there.
If you know of other activities taking place, please let us know so that we can keep the list up to date and relevant.

NICE guide for those newly-diagnosed with dementia


A diagnosis of dementia may create very mixed emotions. Coming to terms with it, making decisions and planning ahead are all part of living well with dementia.
Getting information and support when you need it from people working in health and social care can make a real difference.
NICE has produced a short guide for those facing a new diagnosis, to enable them to navigate the 'system' and obtain the right information quickly. See the NICE website for details.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Older drivers

Living with dementia often means the duties of driving change, so someone who's driven relatively infrequently, and often not for longer distances in strange areas, now has to take the responsibility.
Somerset Road Safety is running a free Route 60+ session in Yeovil to help older drivers drive safely for longer. It is on 28th Feb, at Yeovil Community Church, BA20 1QN from 10am -1pm. For more information, download the flyer, or contact Somerset Road Safety on 01823 423430 or roadsafety@somerset.gov.uk.