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.
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.
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.
Another wonderful outdoor group meeting was held at The Backlands – one of our favourite venues over the years. The gardens were looking beautiful, and we had a lovely time pottering around and taking in all the colours and scents of the flowers. A great time had by all.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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!