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New dementia garden for Kensal Green

From left to right: Chris Hodge (Director of Shackadelic), Lucie Sporle and Gary Williams.

Our charity has been awarded a donation from the Morrisons Foundation to start creating a dementia garden in Kensal Green. Work will start in autumn, so that older people using the charity’s services can enjoy spring and summer outdoors.

Karolina Januszek, Operations Director at Elders Voice applied to Morrisons Foundation for a small grant after a number of clients who attend Elders Voice Day Centre had expressed their desire to do some gardening. “A vast number of our clients have sundown syndrome, which is a neurological phenomenon associated with increased confusion and restlessness in people with dementia. My main motivator for this project were the people whom we work with. I wanted to give them the tools and the space to get busy and do something that resonated for them in the past – gardening” says Karolina.

It turned out that one gentlemen who attends our Day Centre on Thursday was a gardener. His sundown syndrome makes him confused and wanting to leave the Day Centre in the early hours of the afternoon. While taking a walk with that client, he told Karolina about plants and when to cut them and how to care for them in general. At that point it became apparent, that this client would hugely benefit from having a safe space to go out to and do some gardening work in. And that’s how the dementia garden project came alive. Read More

Elders Voice Monday Club by Christopher Dunham

We recently unearthed a poem written by Christopher Dunham, Chair of Trustees, over 15 years ago when he volunteered in the Elders Voice Day Centre. A lot has changed since then and Chris has played a big part in this, so we thought it apt to open our blog with his poem.

 

New flooring for Clubhouse & Rainbow Room

We have been fortunate to secure funding from the Brent Community Infrastructure Levy, to spend on new flooring in the Elders Voice Clubhouse and Rainbow Room. Currently home to the Elders Voice Day Centre, Dementia Café and Exercise & Activity Programme, the Clubhouse is a much loved and much used space. Flooded with natural light through its south facing windows, and furnished with soft seating, a piano and kitchenette, it is agreed by all to be a warm and welcoming community hub. The Rainbow Room, named after its colourful curtains, is a break-out space adjoining the Clubhouse. Smaller in size, the Rainbow Room is where the Day Centre clients take their lunch and enjoy arts & crafts. It is also home to Bolder Voices’ choir practise and a dementia carers’ support group.

The new flooring will be installed by the New Year and we want your help rebranding the space! “Clubhouse” and “Rainbow Room” have served us well but we think once the flooring is laid these spaces deserve new names. Submit your ideas to info@eldersvoice.org.uk with “Name Ideas” in the subject line. Names will be selected and announced by January 2019, so you have plenty of time to get your creative juices flowing.

Get Involved!

We have launched a community blog and would love for you to be involved. See below for details.

 

Research project seeks women over 70

If you are a woman aged 70 or over who has lived in the same home for 30 years, perhaps you would be interested in taking part in a research project? See below for more information.

 

Elders Voice celebrates 25 years

This year is our 25th anniversary and to celebrate we hosted a street party. The party was attended by our clients, friends, families and neighbours who enjoyed entertainment by Rock Choir, Company of Elders, All Angels Steel Orchestra and a close-up magician. Love and laughter was shared by all and we even made the local paper!

Dementia Café Service

Elders Voice has won a tender for running Dementia/Memory Cafés in Brent and this service starts with immediate effect. We shall be developing an existing café in Hay Lane in Kingsbury and developing a new café at Elders Voice beginning in January 2018. We are delighted that we have the opportunity to offer this service to people with dementia and their families and carers. There will be more information about the cafés soon, please stay tuned.

 

Calling all grandparents!

Shiver Productions are developing an exciting new television programme for a major broadcaster and are looking for vibrant, fun and outgoing grandparents who want to spend more time with their adult grandchildren (who must be 18+).

With a lot of grandparents reportedly only seeing their grandkids on average twice a year, it’s not surprising the two generations often know little about each other’s lives. In this new TV programme grandparents will spend one-on-one time with their multiple grandchildren in an attempt to get to know them better and see if they can offer any help.

Along the way they will learn about the pressures their grandchildren face, the lifestyle choices they make, their hopes for the future and what, if anything, is standing in their way of achieving them. The programme will allow grandparents to share their knowledge, advice and practical help while learning more about the lives, hopes and aspirations of their grandchildren.

If you are interested in appearing in this new television programme, please call 0207 157 4588.

Become a Blumer! Let flexible work find you.

Blume is a new enterprise which finds paid flexible work for older people – and it is free to sign up. The work will range from DIY tasks to dog walking and mystery shopping and much more besides. There will also be telephone and computer jobs that you can do from home. In fact, if you have a skill that you think others will find useful then please tell Blume about it and we will do our best to promote it. You decide what you want to do and when you want to do it. You also decide how much you want to charge as long as it is above the national living wage – and if you don’t need the money the site allows you to donate what you earn to charities. To find out more visit https://blume.life/ and become a blumer!

Floating Support Service

From 1st September 2017, Elders Voice will be delivering a Floating Support Service along with the Handyperson Service. Please watch this space for more details!