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DFEL Newsletter February/March 2018
 
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DFEL NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY/MARCH 2018

I have dementia but it doesn't have me!
Agnes Houston, Dementia Alumni, MBE
 
Welcome to our second newsletter of the year.  January ended with a bang with our first East Lothian DEEP Network event in Haddington and carers meeting to organise a Carer-led  event in May (thanks to the Life Changes Trust).

Plus our (first!!) internternational conference: Shifting Paradigms about Dementia: Including people living with dementia in research, policy and practice. Leading academics focussed on the role of community. Professor Myrra Vernooij-Dassen from Netherlands spoke about Social Health; Professor Dawn Brooker from England, about community based meeting centres and Cormac Russell ran a workshop on assets based community development and what we could do here in East Lothian.  It was a wonderful, inspiring day; we even trended on Twitter! 

We learnt that daily life, going about in the community, doing normal things, is good for our bodies and brains. Research shows that community interactions have a massive contribution to health and well-being.  Working together and supporting each other in our communities we can change all our lives.  We need to invest in communities that are good for everyone. We need to focus on what we can do and value the contribution that everyone makes.  This isn't just about dementia, it's about everyone.
 
We're already using what we've learnt - exciting times ahead!  Watch out for a full record of the day here:  SUII LINK and on DFEL website. Coming soon...

Our Community Kitchen and the  Sensory Garden at Cockenzie House  projects start meeting this month. We want to bring everyone together, including people with dementia and care-partners round food and gardens. Come along and find out more. We're also starting an intergenerational project with Dunbar Fashion School, Knox High School and Dunbar Grammar School, details soon.  We want these projects to show what we can do when we do things together.

Our DEEP Friendship Groups continue to meet, but please note, we've moved from The Gothenburg in Prestonpans to Cockenzie House and Gardens from 28th February.  The planning group for the Carers' Event holds its first meeting on 13th February. The event will be run by and for carers for people with dementia in East Lothian and is generously supported by The Life Changes Trust.

Looking ahead, watch out for chances to find out more about our DESIGNING FOR DEMENTIA project on Memories.  Plus Dementia Awareness and Carers Week in June; Luminate in October and Absent Friends in November and an event for Haddington 700.
 
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
  • CARERS PLANNING MEETING - all Carers welcome! 13th February, 10am - 3pm at The Maitlandfield House Hotel, Haddington. Contact Elizabeth:  01412129617 ; Elizabeth.morrison@lifechangestrust.org.uk
  • OUR COMMUNITY KITCHEN -  meets in The Star Room,  Haddington, 15th February 1.30 - 4.00. Bring your lunch & something to share if you can. 
  • COCKENZIE HOUSE AND GARDENS: CREATING A COMMUNITY SENSORY GARDEN.  28th February at Cockenzie House, 2pm - 3.30pm.  It's not just about digging!! 


Thank you again for all you do. East Lothian is a remarkable place, with remarkable people who make great things happen. We have much to be proud of.

Cheers, 

Sue & Elaine :-)

Dementia Friendly East Lothian CIC
Sue@dfel.org.uk
Phone: 07727 883 881
http://www.dfel.org.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DementiaFriendlyEastLothian
Twitter: @SueNorthrop
 

NEWS

EVENTS

COCKENZIE HOUSE AND GARDENS: CREATING A COMMUNITY SENSORY GARDEN.  
 
Wednesday 28th February
Willow Room
Cockenzie House & Gardens
10.30 - 12 noon PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF TIME

 
Please join us to design and create a community sensory garden in the grounds of Cockenzie House.  We've invited schools, the community centre and lots of local groups plus the Co-Op to join us to work together to create something beautiful that everyone can enjoy.  You don't have to dig or even go outdoors! You can even just come and watch.  You can help us by nominating us was you Vo-Op Local Cause. Phone 09800 023 4708. Or e mail: https://www.coop.co.uk/membership/local-community-fund

Gardens, gardening and nature are therapeutic for us all but have particular benefits for people living with dementia. They can bring back memories and skills and create new ones. Gardens aren't just about digging and planting, they are also about  painting, drawing, sculpting or simply enjoying views, nature, plants and wildlife. We will be working with Cockenzie House, schools, Port Seton Community Centre and others to create a garden we can all love and enjoy.   Everyone is welcome to come along and share ideas, find out more or just come for a chat about gardens.  After that we'll meet on the last Wednesday of the month.

OUR COMMUNITY KITCHEN: CREATING COMMUNITY FOOD HUBS (OF COURSE THEY ARE GOING TO BE DEMENTIA FRIENDLY!)
Thursday 15th February
The Star Room
John Muir Centre
1.30 - 3.30

Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery, we've been finding out what people think about food! Pop into the Star Room in Haddington, bring your lunch (and maybe something to share!) and help us start to put plans for Our Community Kitchen into action.  1.30 - 4.00. Everyone is welcome. 

DFEL FRIENDSHIP GROUPS - DEEP

Groups provide opportunities for people to keep in touch with friends old and new.  Just drop in. Please check our FaceBook Page and the Newsletter for updates and in case we need to change dates.

Haddington - Next meets 6th February  at the Maitlandfield House Hotel. We'll be talking about a new protect with Knox Academy and the Fashion School. We meet on the  first Tuesday of the month, 10.30am - 12noon. Elaine will see you there!

Musselburgh - Next meets 14th February at the Fisherrow Centre.  We're going to plan an afternoon of music and dance. We meet on the the second Wednesday of the month, 2.30 - 4pm.  Contact Sue if you want to know more.

Dunbar  - Next meets 16th February when Linda from the Museum of Flight will talk about their work.  We meet on the third Friday of the month, 10.30am - 12 noon at the Royal Mackintosh Hotel, Dunbar. Contact Elaine for details.

Cockenzie/Port Seton/Prestonpans -  Next meets 28th February at Cockenzie House 10.30 - 12 noon.  This is a community meeting to talk about the sensory garden. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month.  Contact Sue for more info. 
 

EAST LOTHIAN CARERS' EVENT: 
PLANNING GROUP


The first meeting of the Carers Planning Group  is on February 13th from 10am to 3pm in the Maitlandfield House Hotel. If you've want to find out more come along and meet the organising group. Contact Elizabeth from The Life Changes Trust: Email: elizabeth.morrison@lifechangestrust.org.uk

Telephone: 0141 212 9617

 
 
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