18 knowledgeable and enthusiastic people from across the community attended the inaugural Brecon Dementia Meeting Centre Initiative Group (BDMCIG) meeting today at the Muse in Brecon.
The Association for Dementia Studies has been working with Dementia Friendly Brecon to move this initiative forward. Likewise Dementia Friendly Brecon has been supporting Dementia Friendly Leominster by offering advice and their experience of how to make a real impact in the community.
BDMCIG have been working very much to the Dutch MCSP model which has been used in Droitwich Spa and Leominster – using the Meeting Centre guide almost to the letter. A draft terms of reference was drawn up and there was an explanation of how a Charitable Incorporated Organisation called Dementia Matters would operate and relate to the Initiative Group. A Chair and Vice Chair were chosen. The first action for the group to be taken will be to carry out a feasibility/assessment of need within the community – a map of the local dementia care pathway with a list of existing services and opportunities. The next item on the agenda was when group members volunteered for the different working groups – key groups at this stage are the target group, location and of course finance.
It is really exciting to see how this is all taking shape and a privilege to attend the meetings and to be able to give some insight and use the learning from the first two Meeting Centres. Hopefully there will be many more to follow. The next meeting is in six weeks time and I am looking forward to finding out about how the project is developing.