Time for You is a weekly session for people living with dementia and their carers.
Our care workers are on hand to spend time reminiscing, chatting, supporting with games, jigsaws, looking at vintage photos. We also have volunteers, many who have been carers themselves, on hand to provide emotional support to carers who may benefit from some time to themselves.
Our sessions are free-flow, and people can choose to take part in individual activities, join with others or spend time quietly chatting or relaxing in peace.
During the sessions, we also use vintage music and singing, though this is optional of course.
We provide a light lunch (soup and sandwiches) and refreshments throughout the session.
Our range of sensory activities helps stimulate personal memories for those living with dementia. They are an innovative and creative way of using multiple senses to spark conversation with people who may otherwise find difficult to interact.
For time to reminiscence; time to connect; time to rest, we have Time for You.
Carers are welcome to stay or leave the person they are caring for in the safe hands of our trained, qualified care workers.
The sessions are coordinated by our Dementia Session Coordinator, Elaine Holding.
There is a suggested donation of £7.50 per person, to cover the cost of respite care, hot food/refreshments and activities.
We are currently working with My Colourful Memories CIC to create bespoke colouring albums, made up of people's own special photos.
To find out more please call 01200 422104.
Also, see our other project Lunch Club.
Our project incorporates reminiscence in every session. Typically, a person with dementia is more able to recall things from many years ago than recent memories, so reminiscence draws on this strength. Reminiscence give people with dementia a sense of competence and confidence through using a skill they still have. Many people with dementia find themselves routinely having things done ‘for’ them or ‘to’ them. When a person shares something about their past and another person shows interest or enjoyment, it is a wonderful opportunity for that person to feel that they are the one who is giving something to another human being, rather than always being the one who is receiving or listening. Talking about the past can also bring up happy memories and good feelings, and this can be wonderful in itself, but particularly if a person is finding life difficult.