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Every effort is made to network with the other organisations in the area who can also provide assistance and support so that the charity can become a go-to place for anyone seeking advice on such matters.
Dunbar Dementia Carers Support Group aims to provide support for anyone who is caring for a family member or friend who is living with a diagnosis of a dementia related condition. Pre-covid our two groups would meet weekly in the Bleachingfield Centre in Dunbar to provide companionship, fellowship and stimulation. We worked hard during Lockdown to provide continuity for our group members with weekly phone calls; publishing regular newsletters, providing deliveries of craft materials, gardening supplies and takeaway afternoon teas, moving on to organising both one-to-one and small, socially distanced, outdoor meetings within Scottish Government guidelines, when this was permissible.
Thanks to Scottish Government funding via the Connecting Scotland initiative, Corra funding and a generous donation from CommunityWindpower/BeGreen and The Life Changes Trust, ipad and Zoom training was rolled out to our members, which enabled us to hold weekly Zoom meetings. Now that our Thursday face to face meetings have been cautiously re-introduced, we will continue to hold a fortnightly Zoom session (Tuesday afternoons) which will run in tandem so that these valuable IT skills aren’t lost
Recent funding from the Baillie Gifford Community AwardsProgramme has allowed us to adapt and continue to look at new ways to support this wonderful group of people.
A lovely, happy afternoon with so many lovely shared stories around the tables. This was the first in a series of four art sessions led by Barbara. Today’s session involved tying memory knots in lengths of yarn, which we will be progressing over the next 3 sessions.
Building on last year’s experiences, the group continued to thrive and adapt to the the ever-changing situation. We enjoyed many Zoom sessions with guest visitors – Lorna Hill of Dunbar’s ‘Sharing A Story CIC’; Karell Sime, Volunteer at Dunbar’s Empire Gardens; Koren Calder from The Scottish Book Trust; Sandra & Rachel from ‘Age Scotland’. We also enjoyed Cookery Demonstrations from ‘Vegetarian for Life’, as well as Bingo Sessions with our Volunteer, Beth.
Outwith our Zoom sessions, we delivered delicious homemade soups (thank you to Rita Bradd for the tatties!) to our Carers’ households; enjoyed one-to-one meetings and walks when possible; delivered Easter treat bags and continued to provide telephone support for our members.
At the end of June we cautiously resumed face-to-face meetings, observing Scottish Government safety guidelines. What a joy to meet each other again. We enjoyed chair exercise sessions with Chris, another visit to Dunbar Community Woodlands and The Backlands; Afternoon Tea at Winterfield Golf Club; Fundraising Afternoon Tea Parties for both Macmillan and Maggie’s Centre, Edinburgh; a creative writing session with Lorna Hill; card-making sessions with Beth; celebrated Book Week Scotland with poet, Stuart Patterson; Christmas Decoration making with Marion Seath of ‘Fingers & Thumbs’ and ended the year with a sumptuous Christmas Lunch at the Winterfield. Oh what fun we had!!
A lovely afternoon had by all at our annual Macmillan fundraiser. Belts were loosened after a sumptuous spread of savouries and cakes, as well as Maggie’s legendary meringues! Just over £300 was raised for Macmillan – huge thanks to everyone in the group, plus friends, for making this such a great afternoon.