Welcome to the latest issue of Older Wiser Together (OWT).

The aim of OWT is to become a trusted and valued part of our community.

Welcome to the latest issue of Older Wiser Together (OWT).

Welcome to the latest issue of Older Wiser Together (OWT).

The aim of OWT is to become a trusted and valued part of our community, particularly for those aged 50 or over who may be looking for new opportunities, social events, and challenges, as well as tips for independent living. We cover from Bude, Launceston, Callington, Holsworthy, Okehampton, Tavistock, Saltash and Torpoint.  We hope you’ll find useful information on initiatives and activities in your area

You can read about the amazing lottery bid granted to Tavistock Dementia Alliance and the boost this will give to the community going forward.  There are also great plans for the Cycling Without Age Trishaw at Burrator – we will keep you posted!  In the meantime, the trishaws are particularly busy out in the community.

Love to Move continues down at Tavistock Area Support Services – TASS on Wednesday afternoon.  This seated exercise to movement programme is particularly good for those with dementia, helping to work the left and right sides of the brain. It is a great deal of fun and is supported by the British Gymnastics Foundation.There is time for a cuppa and a chat too.

If you care for a loved one, it is important to look after your own wellbeing too. Our Care Professionals can come to your home to give you a break from day-to-day caring of your loved one and offer you much-needed support.  Our Care Professionals can help to take a loved one out into the countryside maybe for a walk on the Tarka Trail near Hatherleigh or to visit a local cafe for a coffee.  Getting out and about is key to well-being and thus overall good health.

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We always welcome feedback, constructive criticism, and submissions for OWT, particularly from those of you with professional or charitable links to our community. Do get in touch if you have something you’d like to share. Please feel free to forward this Newsletter to family, friends, and colleagues.

Best wishes,

The Older Wiser Together team.

Lottery Success for  Dementia Alliance

Our Director, Lynn Roddy, is Chair of Tavistock Dementia Alliance. After lengthy work with theNational Lottery, the Alliance has been granted £131,000 to employ a Dementia Coordinator over five years. The Rt Hon Sir Geoffrey Cox KC MP joined Lynn and the Yelverton Friendship Group, including Heather Rayne and Terry Donnelly, at their Coronation celebrations to toast this success.  Read more here.

Tavistock Compassionate Community Day

Together with St Luke’s Hospice Community Friends and Ali Mansfield of Tavistock Methodist Church, we held a Compassionate Community Day on the 9th of May.  A Compassionate Community is one in which people in their local area look out for others and “make a difference” to those with a life limiting illness or are affected by loss.  A good number of the community attended and we are moving forward in setting up a fortnightly group.

Okey Memory Cafe

Okey Memory Cafe is going from strength to strength. We work with Community Links and OCRAto bring this supportive memory cafe to the community.  We play games, do quizzes, have themed weeks and have guest entertainers. Please do let anyone know who may benefit from coming along and get in touch if you are interested in volunteering.  A warm welcome awaits.  Read more here.  Contact Vicky by email  [email protected] or call 07933 663796

Home Safety Visits Fire Service

We recently had a visit from Lorelei Kirwan fromDevon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, who is the Local Partnership and Community Engagement Lead. Lorelei brought in lots of leaflets and talked through with the team extra ways we can help support our clients remain safe at home.  We already help clients to arrange free Home Safety Visits as we have a relationship with both the Devon and Cornwall services. Extra fire safety equipment maybe supplied as a result of one of these home visits, in addition to checking smoke alarms are set up correctly.

South West Lakes Trust Burrator Arboretum

Our Director Lynn, visited Burrator with Heather Rayne from Tavistock Memory Cafe to chat to the very enthusiastic staff of Dartmoor National Park and South West Lakes Trust – Burrator. The Burrator Arboretum has been adapted to ensure it is wheelchair friendly – see the clip  from Burrator Arboretum on Countryfile.  Watch from the 30 minute point.We discussed holding an event for the Cycling Without Agetrishaw around the Arboretum.  Watch this space for an event in the future!

The Trishaws are Busy!

The Cycling Without Age trishaws are busy across West Devon and East Cornwall.  The Tavistock trishaw recently visited Spring House Residential Care Home in Peter Tavy to take the residents around the village. The Launceston trishaw had a very successful day at Roadford Lake and Cafe taking folk around the trail and training new pilots. Rides have also taken place at West Heanton Care Home and Beaumont Court is coming soon.  If you can support, this is a link to the Just Giving page: CWA Just Giving

Dog Friendly Cafes in Bude

Bude is not only a beautiful coastal Cornish town with breathtaking views and an abundance of outdoor activities, but it also boasts many dog-friendly cafes and restaurants. Whether you’re a local or a visitor with a four-legged companion, finding dog-friendly places to eat and drink in Bude is important for enjoying staying active in this lovely part of the UK. Follow the link to find out about some of the dog-friendly cafes and restaurants in Bude that offer great food and a welcoming atmosphere for you and your furry friend.  Read more here.