Brecon Dementia Meeting Centre Initiative Group Meeting

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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.


Tea Dance at Leominster Meeting Centre

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Today we were invited to a Tea Dance at Leominster Meeting  Centre. The event which saw a good turnout of old friends and new, was led by dancer  Rachel Freeman from Everybody Dance. We had great fun dancing to a range of music from across the decades. After a much needed cup of tea and a piece of cake we ended with a rousing chorus of, and  much swaying to Tom Jones belting out ‘Delilah’. There is a tea dance about every six weeks at the Meeting Centre and there is something quite lovely  and special about dancing in the afternoon, it is not just for festival-goers, it is invigorating and just plain fun. There is a piano arriving this evening and this will be a wonderful addition to the many musical activities that go on including Blow your own Trumpet led  by a Meeting Centre member to name just one.