Dementia Carers Support Service

Dates for your diary

Over the next few days, we will be updating the community calendar with programming for 2014 for dementiaCOMPASS and others in our community.  Whilst that happens, here are some dates for your to note:

Wednesday 18 December
Festival of Trees, Wesley Church, Short Street

We will meet at 1pm for an informal viewing of the twenty-some Christmas trees decorated by local groups, organisations and companies including read more…

Carers lunch club – Still Caring…

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We meet again for our carers’ lunch club on Wednesday August 14th.  This month I will be speaking to the group about “stress and distress and why things go pear-shaped.”  This was an area of focus in the recent training I offered at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and I believe will be of interest to our lunch attendees based on feedback I’ve received over the last few months.

I will talk about stress and distress from both the point of view of the carer as well as an individual with dementia and why we see more dementia symptoms when a person is feeling stressful.  I’ll also review research evidence of how the brain works and why the ways we manage stress can make things better or worse and suggest useful practical skills for stressful situations.

These lunches are open to all carers in the dementia community — those who are former carers, those whose caring roles have changed to supporting someone in a residential home and those who are actively caring at home.  There will be time for questions and discussion and the lunch finishes at 2:30pm.

If you’ve not joined us before and would like more information, additional details for the lunch can be found on this website here.

Lunch remains £9.  We gather after 12:30 to order our own drinks from the bar and put in our lunch order.  Lunch begins at 1pm.  Please note that bookings for the lunch are essential so numbers can be passed to Hugo at the Six Bells.

Anyone interested in the lunch can contact me or Sally Kitchin.

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Still Caring Lunch Club – July meeting

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On Wednesday July 10th, we continue our lunch club meetings.  This time we will welcome John Nicholson as our speaker.  John is the senior chaplain at Fulbourn Hospital.  If you haven’t met John yet, I encourage you to come along.  John and I have worked together for over a year developing a bereavement programme designed to support individuals who have lost their significant carer.  As you can imagine, this is a particular challenging experience and John has been instrumental in shaping these resources in a pragmatic, holistic way.  John isn’t going to speak about that programme at this lunch instead he wants to speak to carers as a carer himself in a talk he has called Finding your place, your way, your path.  How apropos, don’t you think?

If you’ve not joined us before and would like more information, additional details for the lunch can be found on this website.

Lunch remains £9.  We gather after 12:30 to order our own drinks from the bar and put in our lunch order.  Lunch begins at 1pm.  Please note that bookings for the lunch are essential so numbers can be passed to Hugo at the Six Bells.

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