A few months ago we were approached by two students from Queens Park Community School, who were interested in learning about Elders Voice. Cassius and Ayan, close to finishing their first year of sixth form, had undertaken a project called Pay It Forward which involved connecting with local charities. Along with other students in their year, they had been set the task of researching a local charity and presenting their findings back to the school. The students with the best presentation won £500 to donate to their chosen charity.
Charming, intelligent and armed with their smartphones for taking notes, Cassius and Ayan grilled us with a variety of questions including what were our plans for the charity’s future and how would we spend £500, if we were to receive a donation of this amount. The feedback from the teachers was that Cassius and Ayan’s presentation was simple, moving and delivered with verve. In fact, it was Ayan’s impassioned plea to his fellow students, to take an interest in the local community and help others less fortunate, that swayed it for the teachers and the studious pair scooped the prize! Not long after, we were invited to the school and presented with a cheque for £500.
We are deeply touched by the interest Cassius and Ayan have shown in Elders Voice and incredibly grateful to Queens Park Community School for donating such a generous sum of money. Thank you to all involved for helping us support older people in Brent.
We are happy to announce a further extension of our Dementia Cafés until January 2020. This means our café members will continue to receive support, advice and respite for two hours every week. For more information about our Dementia Cafés, please call Lynn Burling on 0208 968 8170 or click here.
Healthwatch Brent is a statutory organisation which champions the voice of patients and carers locally. The organisation works to help local people get the best out of their health and social care services. Healthwatch Brent’s vision is that: “Brent residents can contribute to the development of quality health and social care services in Brent.”
Healthwatch Brent are involved in running, co-ordinating and supporting events, projects and activities. It gathers information and feedback from patients and service-users. So, have your say on healthcare in Brent and contact Healthwatch Brent today!
Inspired by Calendar Girls and born out of a desire to increase unrestricted funding; In Rude Health is a fundraising calendar dreamt up by Karolina Januszek, Operations Director at Elders Voice. In addition to raising money for Elders Voice, the calendar also aims to challenge stereotypes around ageing and change the public’s perception of age. Adorning the calendar months are a bevy of nude models including London based dancer Christopher Dunham, Founder of Bolder Voices Clair Chapwell and upcoming stand-up comedian Walter McLaren. The models were photographed by the amazingly talented Liam Young, who managed to capture the spirit of the campaign in every shot and coax out a cheeky but tasteful pose from each individual. We are forever grateful to these individuals for volunteering their time and daring to bare for a good cause. We hope In Rude Health will make you smile and maybe even blush but above all we hope it will inspire you to be bold at any age! To buy your copy of In Rude Health and help support older people in Brent, please click here.
During the month of April our Day Centre clients embarked on an intergenerational adventure with pupils from Newfield Primary School. In partnership with The Music Project, we hosted a weekly music session in which pupils visited our Day Centre and sang & danced with our clients. The musical repertoire included old favourites like “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain” and “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'”, which were sung with oomph & gusto and accompanied by the shaking of maracas & tambourines! The pupils’ infectious energy had a magical effect on our clients, some of whom have dementia, and by the end of each session there was a renewed sense of vitality and openness. In the very first session, the pupils gravitated towards Justin (a keen dancer) and Mary (a keen singer), and apparently talked about them with fervour on the journey home. The final session was held at Newfield Primary School in which the pupils and clients performed the songs they had been practising to the rest of the school. It was a riotous occasion with tea and cake at the end and a chance to say a fond farewell. This project not only enriched the present for some of our clients but also gave both children and adults the opportunity to discover a world beyond themselves. Amongst many other positive outcomes; intergenerational contact can strengthen communities and improve attitudes towards ageing, so we thank The Music Project and Newfield Primary School for bringing this project to life and inviting Elders Voice to be involved. We look forward to more intergenerational adventures in the future!
We previously reported that due to the early termination of funding, our Kensal Green Dementia Café would be closing at the end of May. Fortunately we have been able to extend the Kensal Green Café, which will now run until Friday 27th September. If you would like any further details, please contact Lynn Burling, Dementia Café Project Manager on 0208 968 8170 or email: email@example.com.
We are planning to expand our timetable of groups & activities and would like to know what older people in Brent would like to see on offer. Perhaps you would like to learn French, join a book club or play Bridge? Complete our short survey here and help us shape our future offering!
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In January 2018, thanks to funding from Wembley National Stadium Trust and The Aziz Foundation, Elders Voice began to deliver a one year pilot study project named Yoga Connects: Battling Dementia and Celebrating Life with Yoga. 45 weekly classes took place at Elders Voice in Kensal Green with short breaks in between to account for holiday and festive periods. In total, 53 people took part in this pilot project throughout the whole year.
Statistical data has been obtained in two ways. Three questionnaires were handed out to participants and/or their immediate carers/relatives. In situations where we couldn’t obtain relatives’ feedback, care workers were asked for help. The care workers’ feedback was subjective and based on their observations over the course of the year. The first questionnaire helped us establish a starting point for each client, in terms of their mental and physical health, so we could compare future findings with earlier data and track our clients’ progress. Read More