DEMENTIA SUPPORT IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
The Memory Tree CIC is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2012 by Dr Elizabeth Anderson to bring the knowledge she built up about dementia during her academic career direct to the community.
We are based in Shipley, West Yorkshire and at present we have 5 Memory Clubs for local families affected by dementia operating in 5 communities within the Bradford Metropolitan District, These are at: Shipley, Idle, Keighley, Low Moor and Burley-in-Wharfedale.
We are proudly supported by:
What is a Memory Club?
Our Memory Clubs run on a ‘Time Together – Time Apart’ model which was born out of consultation with family carers who told us that what they particularly wanted was a local place where they could go together with their loved one but still get some time apart.
Our meetings last for between 1.5 to 2 hours; during the first half we all enjoy informal chat together over a cup of tea and refreshments, but in the second half we divide into two groups so that structured Memory Support sessions, based around reminiscence, simple activities and singing, can be enjoyed by the people with dementia, whilst the carers retire to an adjacent room for a meeting chaired either by Elizabeth or a trained volunteer (often a former carer) where they can share experiences and advice with one another in comfort and confidence.
Our Memory Clubs are run by local volunteers and former carers, supported by Elizabeth, Bob and Andrea at The Memory Tree office.
Who is a Memory Club for?
A Memory Club is for the person with dementia to come with their carer to find support, advice and companionship in their local community. Sometimes we can take people with dementia on their own but only when the dementia is mild and we have had a conversation with the main carer first, either in person or on the phone. Memory Clubs are best for people in the mild to moderate stages of dementia.
In general we have been able to support people into the more advanced stages if we have built up a relationship with them and the carer during the early years of the condition. However, if people come to us when the dementia is already advanced this is much more difficult. We strongly advise people to come to a Memory Club sooner rather than later – the best time to join is the time when you don’t need it yet.
People with severe sensory impairments, or severe anxiety/depression, in addition to the dementia may find it hard to settle into a Memory Club because our activities revolve around talking together in small groups of between 6 to 12 people, so we may not to be able to meet the needs of people with these additional challenges.
How often do Memory Clubs meet?
Memory Clubs meet twice a month – see our home page for full details.
How do I join?
If you think a Memory Club might be for you and you would like to find out more then please telephone Elizabeth on 01274 583364 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a trial visit.
The Memory Tree @ Burley-in-Wharfedale is run by the Burley Dementia Action Group Please contact BDAG if you are interested in joining. www.burleydementiafriends.weebly.com.
To help with running costs we suggest that people make a donation of £2.50 per person to attend meetings.
Lunch at the Idle Memory Club costs an additional £2.50 per person.
Can I help?
If you are a potential volunteer and would like to get involved then Elizabeth would like to hear from you – please contact her using the details above. We are also in need of financial help to keep our Memory Clubs running – please go to Support Us to find out how you can give.