Dementia Support Services
Thinking Differently About Dementia (TDAD), is a 3-year National Lottery funded project, delivered by Agewell and Dementia Pathfinders, which provides community support for people in Sandwell with mild or moderate dementia and their family carers.
For the past few years, Agewell, in partnership with other local organisations, has been delivering highly successful specialist dementia services through projects such as Kingfisher Buddies and the Sandwell Dementia Navigator Service. TDAD is enabling our work to continue.
Our aims are to:
- Provide sensitive and timely support to families dealing with a diagnosis of dementia and supporting them to access wider services
- Offer support for people living with dementia from our experienced and understanding staff by delivering social opportunities in local group settings, as well as online activities, to enhance quality of life
- Provide opportunities to share concerns with other people and gain useful information around their diagnosis within a supportive environment
- Support family carers to become involved in our groups where they can receive peer support, have some 'time out' and benefit from information, advice and guidance on specific areas relating to their caring role
Please contact us for further information. We look forward to hearing from you. Contact us on 0121 796 9333 or email: email@example.com
We run two Meeting Centres per week, every Monday and every Thursday, 11am to 3pm, at The Flame Community Church in Blackheath, Rowley Regis.
Meeting Centres are social clubs for people living with early stage dementia and their family carers / friends. £10 per session, per person with a light lunch, refreshments and some activities included.
Activities include bingo, giant jenga, quiz time, walks (weather permitting), memorabilia afternoons, craft sessions, gentle exercise, sing-a-longs,informative talks and more.
The Meeting Centre model originated in the Netherlands. The Association of Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester is helping organisations like Agewell to establish Meeting Centres in different parts of the UK to work with their communities to support people and families affected by dementia. These centres will be set up in ordinary community venues and will form the backbone of community-based dementia support across the country.
Research has shown that being able to talk to other people and have fun helps people to cope with living with the symptoms and changes that dementia brings. Each Meeting Centre has a social club at its heart and everyone becomes a member of that club.
Call Agewell on 0121 796 9333 if you are interested in finding out more.
DEEP Dreamers in Oldbury
As part of our TDAD project, we have set up and support a weekly group called ‘DEEP Dreamers’ which meets every Wednesday afternoon at Queensridge Court in Oldbury.
The group is part of a UK-wide network called DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project). There are already 80 DEEP groups nationwide where people can share their experiences and support each other.
Our popular DEEP Dreamers group offers support and friendship but also gives people a voice in terms of how the group is run and what it does.
If you, or someone you know, has recently been diagnosed with dementia and is interested in getting involved, please get in touch with us on 0121 796 9333.
De-Cafe in Rowley Regis
Our popular De-Cafe for people living with dementia provides a local, safe and supportive place for you and others in the same boat.
Enjoy lots of chatting, play some games and get some advice. Bottomless tea, coffee and busicuts - all for £2.50 per session.
Your friends and family are welcome too.
2pm - 4pm. Last Tuesday in the month. Elizabeth Prout Gardens, High Street, Rowley Regis B65 0EJ
Just turn up or call Agewell on 0121 796 9333 for more information.