Local community group, Sale Square Mile, is starting a project to make Sale a 'dementia friendly town' by helping local organisations become dementia friendly by receiving awareness training from Home Instead Senior Care.
The first organisation to undergo the training was St Paul's Church who have now gone on to start a community choir that is for everyone in the community but particularly 'dementia friendly' & runs every Friday at 1pm.
Michelle Cropper, Care Manager at Home Instead & who delivered the training, said
'It is great to see that the awareness has given everyone the confidence & understanding to establish an interactive activity, such as singing old time music. People with dementia struggle most with their short term memory so recalling information from the distant past is normally really enjoyable & builds confidence. Techniques such as these are taken from the City & Guilds accredited course that Home Instead has specially developed & which is taught to our CAREGivers.”
Rev Barbara sharp added “The awareness training gave me and the church's volunteers the confidence we needed to go ahead with our community choir which is one of the ways we are reaching out into the local community to meet our mission statement which is serving God and the community.”
Further awareness training will now be provided to other organisations as part of the project & will be covered by The Advertiser. If any organisations are interested in the dementia friendly project then the next meeting will be held at St Paul's Church on Fri 13th at 10:00 or contact
Alan Savage on 07879-495427.