Never be alone in Dunbar

Dunbar Dementia Network exists to provide both regular and special support to those caring for others who are living with dementia or related conditions.

The charity is most appreciative of all donations which go towards providing this much needed support.

 

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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.

 

Regular Weekly Meetings

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 Community Windpower/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 weekly Zoom session (Tuesday evenings) which will run in tandem so that these valuable IT skills aren’t lost

Recent funding from the Baillie Gifford Community Awards Programme has allowed us to adapt and continue to look at new ways to support this wonderful group of people.

 

Weekly Face to Face Get-Togethers (Albeit It Mindfully and Cautiously!)

 

Since the end of June 2021 our wonderful group has been meeting weekly in the Bleachingfield Centre, where we have so enjoyed getting back together in person, enjoying each other’s company and friendship.  So far, activities enjoyed by all have included a poetry session, chair exercises and a wonderful trip to Lochend Woods with an event lead by the Dunbar Community Woodland Group. Looking forward optimistically but cautiously to several other outdoor and indoor events, ever mindful of the need to take care.

Cautious Return to Face to Face Weekly Carers Group Meetings

Since the end of June we have made a cautious return to our weekly get-togethers at the Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar.  Our pre-Lockdown Wednesday & Thursday groups have been combined and we are keeping a careful eye on numbers.

If you are a Carer of a person living in the Dunbar area who has received a diagnosis of a dementia-related condition, and would like to join our support group, please contact Lorna Bunney, Group Co -ordinator on 01620 870632 or email at dunbardementiacarers@gmail.com.

 

A Great Start to 2021

We have settled in well to our weekly Zoom sessions – never the same as meeting face to face, but what a great alternative in these current times.  The Scottish Government ‘Connecting Scotland’ initiative has not only allowed us to ‘see’ each other every week, but has greatly increased group members’ IT skills and has encouraged a sense of pride and achievement – desperately needed in these extra-challenging times.

As well as catching-up with each other, since the beginning of the year we have enjoyed a poetry session with Koren Calder of the Scottish Book Trust – the first of 3 planned sessions – as well as a Chair Exercise Session, led by one of our lovely volunteers, Chris Roberts.  Currently making arrangements for several other themed meetings, as well as being joined by some guest speakers.  All to look forward to!

Reflections on the Strangest of Years

Well we have managed to work our way through this strangest of years.  The additional challenges have made life so much harder for all of our group members, and there are several households who have  experienced huge life changes and are dealing with incredibly sad situations.  What is positive, though, is that we still exist as a group and have formed even stronger bonds with each other, with no shortage of support and friendship.

After several months of training and support (face-to-face when possible, plus via telephone) November saw us entering Zoom world – what an achievement!  Our first Zoom meeting was hosted by Sharing a Story CIC, when we were joined by author and poet Stuart Paterson.  Celebrating Book Week Scotland, we had a wonderful session and also enjoyed some very fine cupcakes!  There then followed some fun sessions making Christmas cards, painting Christmas plates and the grand finale for this year, our Christmas Afternoon Tea Party!

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We also found the time to work with Sharing a Story CIC to compile and publish our Community Cookbook (available from Knox Newsagents, High Street Co-up and McColls priced at £5.00).  So, all things considered, a busy, productive and wonderful year in many ways, with new skills learned and lots of love and caring doing the rounds.