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.
Age Connects North Wales Central held its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 18th July 2017. The AGM was well attended by various members of the Conwy and Denbighshire communities, the Third Sector and Public Sector organisations.
Neil Bryson, Trustee chaired the proceedings, whilst Barry Haines, CEO presented the Chief Executives Report and Financial Report with contributions from project managers; Alison Price (Welsh Speaker) and Sue Wright. Chad Rogerson from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service followed on with an excellent presentation of the various services that the organisation offers. Together with information stands from Home Instead and NatWest Community Bankers, we were able to promote future networking opportunities.
The attendees later retired for refreshments including freshly made homemade cakes, courtesy of our veterans and forums coordinator, Jayne Spencer, which went down a treat.
A really good effort from everybody – feedback was very positive – ‘very enjoyable AGM’.
Thank you to all who attended on the day.
Barry Haines, CEO
December 14th, 2015, on video.
Last September 94 year old Ted Evans travelled to London to receive his award in Parliament.
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Recently we have been taking the Speak UP project to more care homes in the region. We have a presence in all three counties: Conwy, Denbighshire, and Gwynedd.
After a pilot scheme run over the Winter months we have refined the programme somewhat, and starting early March 2017 another cycle of Care Home visits by our volunteers is under way. There has been a lot of positive feedback from care home staff and residents alike, and now we are looking forward expanding the project in the coming months.
BBC News has recently run an article on its website about this most vexing of topics, a social tragedy hidden from view.
You will find the article, “Home care firms in Wales facing ‘desperate’ pressures”, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-39321818
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