Dig this! The popular regional shopping outlet and the empowering older persons’ charity have joined forces to promote wellbeing for carers and those they care for.

Tweedmill, St.Asaph, has been host to a garden developed by Age Connects North Wales Central, Denbigh, since 2015. The garden was designed to support those living with dementia to engage with the natural world and use gardening tasks in a constructive and therapeutic way.

The successful Perennials project is set to bloom thanks to the continued support of Tweedmill. Perennials, will be focusing on sowing seeds of hope and, cultivating community connections for anyone in a caring role and for those they care for; to participate together in the development of a ‘stroll garden’ at the site, learn more about gardening, pass on their skills or simply enjoy light gardening duties without the responsibility for the garden.

Participants will be able to grow food and flowers to take home and will be working together with a local school. Following the sessions, gardeners may choose to enjoy some retail therapy and a cuppa at the prominent attraction. Russell Booth one of the owners of Tweedmill says “It is important that Tweedmill works with and supports local charities, so as to give something back to the community in appreciation of all their loyal customers”

Last Thursday Eirianfa came alive with the Age Connects Christmas gathering. Children from Ysgol y Parc entertained us with the singing and they were treated to a visit by Father Christmas and an opportunity to sit in a police car.

We had a range of stall holders selling Christmas gifts and the Scouts had a fun competition for everyone to enjoy.

We were entertained by Brenda and her Band and the Ruthin U3A Ukulele Band The Pleasant Pluckers. Salford Community Café served refreshments.

The Mayor had the most difficult job of judging a drawing competition from children from Ysgol y Parc and Ysgol Fron

A lovely evening was had by all who attended and we would like to thank our kind volunteers who helped on the evening, Eirianfa, Saflord Community Café, Brenda and her Band, Pleasant Pluckers, Vale of Clwyd 1st Denbigh Scouts, Cheese2go, North Clwyd Animal Rescue, Teg for Textiles, The Kings Garden, Jewelscraft, Mayor of Denbigh, North Wales Police and of course Father Christmas.

Age Connects are holding a Christmas event on the 13th December in Eirinfa, Denbigh 5pm-9pm.  People of all ages are welcome to get together to celebrate the festive season. Father Christmas himself will be  making a special appearance together with live  music, refreshments, stalls and a raffle with some fabulous prizes.  Cllr Catherine Jones, Mayor of Denbigh will be attending as well as Town Councillors and Police Officers from the local police station.  All are welcome to join in the fun!   For further information please contact 0300 2345007

Edward Evans known as ‘Ted’ volunteer friend and colleague for over 13 years. Ted took up volunteering for ACNWC at the age of 82 years young!
He contributed to a number of our services, always with good humour and kindness.
Ted was a shining example of an older person being able to take on new challenges and make a difference to the lives of others. He made home visits to people who use our services and always ensured that the service users were given the best possible experience.
He always went the extra mile to ensure that if he wasn’t able to help them then he would signpost them to another agency or organisation.
He commanded huge respect amongst his colleagues for the way he took on board new information and the way he offered advice on how we could improve our service.

He will be sorely missed but we thank him for his huge contribution and friendship.

Age Connects NWC staff have decided to challenge themselves by walking 1,000,000 in one week to raise money and awareness of their projects in Denbighshire and Conwy whilst supporting their own health and well-being at the same time!

Monies raised will go towards events and future projects which support older people in Conwy and Denbighshire.

The challenge starts on the 18th November 2018 and ends on the 24th November 2018.

Keep up to date with their progress on by following their twitter page @ageconnectsnwc

To sponsor the team: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/1millionstepsacnwc

Last Thursday our Forum Coordinator for Denbighshire Abbe and Rebecca our Denbighshire Community Navigator spent the morning at the Ruthin Livestock Centre talking to farmers about health and well-being. They had a great morning talking to farmers about support which is available to them within the community, promoting our forums and informing people about the services provided by Age Connects. It was a successful morning and the pair managed to talk to over 20 people.

On Saturday, Rebecca attended the Flu Clinic at the Llangollen Health Centre, this very successful event meant that she spoke to over 35 people informing them of her role, promoting Talking Points, informing people about services within the community as well as promoting Dewis.

As part of Denbighshire County Council  Celebrating Age week we hosted an afternoon of fun filled activities at The Alive Church in Prestatyn

Over 70 people enjoyed the afternoon which included dancing, artwork, information about nature and gardening, nail painting and World War memorabilia. Our Speak UP project brought the seaside inside to brighten up the day and food was provided by Salford by the Sea Community Café. We would like to thank Kings Garden Enterprise, Bezaeel Arts, Abs-olute Beauty, Teg for Textiles, Salford by the Sea Community Café and the Alive Church for all your support.



This week Denbighshire County Council has been celebrating “Ageing Well in Denbighshire” by sharing a series of videos about initiatives involving older people. Here is the video about our “Speak UP” project.

Would you consider volunteering for only 2 hours a week?
You would be trained and have lots of support.

The project works in care homes in Denbighshire, Conwy and Gwynedd. Whatever your skill…. listening, singing, crafting, quizzing, chatting… you could add something to the project.

Interested?….then phone 01745 816947 or Contact Us via the webform.

Here are some very interesting numbers related to Older People in Denbighshire.

In the first year of SpeakUP, despite having to develop the activity programme for delivery, recruit and train all our volunteers and promote our new project, we were able to make contact with 40 care homes.

In addition we have delivered programmes in 16 establishments in the 3 counties, engaging with almost 100 residents. Outputs for year 2 are projected to more than double and the Comic Relief funder continues to support us in our objective of developing resilience and self-advocacy in residents.

Integral to SpeakUP is the Alzheimer’s Association’s Dementia Friends initiative and the Project Coordinators have achieved Dementia Champions status enabling them to provide information sessions to almost 100 people.

Photo: SpeakUP Coordinators with members of Dyserth WI, July 2017.