We launched our allotment project in the spring of 2016. Watch the video to see what happens there:
The idea behind the Coming Together project is simple. EDUCATE members understood that the benefits of mutual support and involvement were helping them to live well, and wanted other people with dementia to have the same opportunity. It came as a surprise that groups like EDUCATE didn't exist in most localities. The group decided to help others set up their own groups.
EDUCATE members can be inspiring public speakers. After a member addressed one of their meetings the Rotary Club of Stockport decided to set up a Dementia Cafe and the cafe has now been meeting regularly for the last three years.
An award from the European Foundations' Initiative on Dementia allowed the scope of this work to increase and the Coming Together Project was launched.
Stockport Council chose the Marple locality for its Dementia Friendly Communities pilot site, because the area is isolated and has a high ratio of older people in its population. Local EDUCATE members helped by setting up a 'Drop-in' for people with dementia and their supporters at a local pub.
Coming Together has helped peple with dementia and their supporters to start new groups in other Stockport localities as well as further afield in cities like Oldham, Bradford and Cardiff. More recently we have worked with Young Dementia UK, staging workshops where people with dementia can learn from each other.
The project is available to any group of people with dementia and their supporters who want to set up an involvement group.
With support from the European Foundations Initiative on Dementia, EDUCATE members helped to set up the Drop-in for people living with dementia.
People with dementia using the Drop-in are listened to and consulted, which allows them to help influence the development of the project. The Drop-in provides mtual support and social activities and acts as a hub for information and advice about dementia
The Marple Drop-In takes place in the Marple Cricket Club from 11.30am to 1.30pm every Friday morning. All welcome.
We meet once a month at The Meadows to relax, swap tips, have a laugh and find out what's going on.
The Reading Group meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 10.30 -12.00 at the Meadows.
The group is about enjoying the moment, with no pressure to read before you come. We usually read a short story or two and some poems. The group suggests topics and authors. We tend to enjoy mystery and suspense, as well as light hearted and humorous readings. Our favourites include Roald Dahl, Alan Bennett , Pam Ayres Sue Townsend and Dylan Thomas.
Sometimes we choose childhood favourites, finding acute social comment and amazing humour in The Wind in the Willows and Alice in Wonderland. We enjoy sharing memories triggered by the texts. Some group members love to read aloud, others like to listen and people contribute as much or as little as they like to the discussion of the readings.
We welcome new members to the group but you may have to help with transport
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