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Rosie’s Moments – a project for people living with dementia in Shepway

Project Summary

Rosie’s Moments
Age UK Hythe and Folkestone Sports Centre will each introduce a memory café, offering a range of stimulating and interesting participatory activities. These will complement the Volunteer Centre’s provision to result in three memory cafes running in Shepway

What do you want to do? Please explain the aims, milestones and outcomes.

  • A fortnightly session on Mondays at Age UK Hythe and Lyminge. We currently host a Community Mental Health service 8 week memory loss course for people recently diagnosed with dementia. Our Memory Café will be a place where people from this course – as well as others – can continue to meet.
  • A fortnightly session on Wednesdays at Folkestone Sports Centre
  • A fortnightly session on Fridays at Shepway Volunteer Centre (Déjà vu)

We are requesting funding for special activities to take place during these sessions for a trial period of six months.

  • We will promote the project under the banner “Rosie’s Moments” to reach as many new people as possible
  • People will be encouraged to attend as many sessions as they wish, at whichever location. Transport can be provided by all three organisations, so people can attend sessions at venues outside their immediate area if they choose.
  • Each host organisation will offer different activities. Guest speakers / session leaders will be invited to some sessions at each venue to ensure a varied programme. These sessions are likely to include activities such as singing / music, art, exercise, games, cooking, walking, use of tablets/ipads, story-telling and drama.
  • We will invite participants to document the activities they take part in, and their reflections, over a six month period. The intention is to create a personalised record, or diary, which they will be able to take away and keep. Participants will be encouraged to select the activities they most enjoy, or which have made the greatest impact on them and create a record, through photographs, written word and video.
  • A portable, dedicated photo printer will be available at each venue to enable participants to instantly print out photos and add to their diaries.
  • A video recorder will be available at each venue for use by participants. A facilitator will assist and advise on using the recorders. The facilitator will edit material from all participants into a short piece reflecting the whole project. This piece will be part of each individual’s diary record and will also be shown in public contexts.
  • At the end of the six months we will hold an open day and sharing session for the public and people with a professional interest.

How have you identified the need for the project

Regular comments from current users, interested members of the public and staff from other agencies have led these three organisations to consider how to make their services fully available to people living with dementia and their carers, especially immediately post-diagnosis. Age UK Hythe and Lyminge has several clients living with dementia for whom a tailored service is needed and Shepway Volunteer Centre runs Déjà vu, a fortnightly drop-in café, which is well-subscribed and ready to be further developed. Engagement with the Shepway Dementia Action Alliance has facilitated conversations between the three organisations and this has led to a commitment to working co-operatively on a combined project with the over-arching name, Rosie’s Moments.

Who will be involved and in what capacity? Please include all community input such as schools, residents and support groups.

Shepway Volunteer Centre, Folkestone Sports Centre and Age UK Hythe and Lyminge are three, independent community-led organisations which work to improve the quality of life of people across Shepway. Each organisation has its own specialist areas of expertise. For example, the Sports Centre has expertise in encouraging people to keep healthy through physical activities, Age UK Hythe and Lyminge has a deep understanding of the needs of older people and the Volunteer Centre can mobilise an extensive network of enthusiastic volunteers.

How will you measure the impact and success of the project, and when will this be done?

We will evaluate the project by assessing:

  • Numbers of people attending (our target is 12 people per session).
  • The level of satisfaction/enjoyment of attenders; the extent to which they felt in control of the activities and their self-assessment of the impact on their health and well-being.
  • Number of people attending the final open session and their feedback.

How will the project be sustained or transferred?

We anticipate the outcomes of the project will be:

  • An increase in services in Shepway for people living with dementia and their carers.
  • Innovative sessions including invited speakers/facilitators and participant-led activity.
  • A “take-away” for each participant in the form of their own, specially created diary.
  • A public event to raise awareness of dementia. (As well as the open session, we hope that participants will also present their material at an event during Normal: Festival of the Brain in May 2016 in Folkestone.)

Stronger working relationships, sharing of information and co-ordination between the partners

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