The Singing Group is a dementia friendly singing group for anyone who enjoys singing. People with dementia and their carers meet together with others who enjoy singing, volunteers and music makers for a good sing-song. There are no auditions, rehearsals or performances, it is all about the pleasure of singing favourite songs from the Beetles, Sound of Music, Abba, folk songs, Rod Stewart…. As the group grows so will our list of your favourite songs too. We especially welcome people who mainly sing in the bath or the car to come and enjoy making a joyful sound with Claire our wonderful church organist leading us. We are trained volunteers who aim to enhance the lives of people with dementia and their carers by introducing them to group singing and its many benefits. If you would like to sing in a group, or would like to volunteer to help out, or are living with dementia and would enjoy singing favourite songs please get in touch with Fiona and Claire at Bankfoot Church Centre 01738 788017.
The Heart for Art group are exhibiting their work during Perthshire Open Studios. From Thursday 6th September – Saturday 8th September 2018 from 9.30am -1.30 pm in the Bankfoot Church Centre. (Please note change to Thursday-Saturday due to a funeral service taking place in the church centre on Wednesday)
Heart for Art entry in Open Studios Website here
Open from Thursday 6th Sept – Saturday 8th September.
CrossReach’s Heart For Art exhibition opens at Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens
Published on 14 August, 2018
The annual Heart for Art exhibition, showcasing a collection of art work from people living with dementia throughout Scotland, is on display and open for viewing at Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens.
Aiming to reduce the stigma that can be attached to a dementia diagnosis and showing what can be done, the exhibition promises to be a special celebration of creativity.
Paula Pinda, CrossReach Heart for Art manager, said:
“The ‘Beyond Words’ national exhibition explores the lived experience of dementia, highlighting the positives and looking beyond the condition.
“The exhibition is curated by CrossReach Heart for Art, a service that enables and encourages people to express their emotions through the medium of creative art.
“Artwork is being displayed from over 40 artists: both professional and budding enthusiasts. These artists live in different areas of Scotland: Glasgow, Dundee, Garelochhead, Kirkcudbright, Stonehaven, Edinburgh and Bankfoot.
“Some of the artists have never created any artwork before in their lives and have found a new talent, and for others art was an old friend once thought lost forever. Encouraged by professional art tutors, their talent is reawakened.”
Launched in 2012, the Heart for Art initiative has been bringing joy to people affected by dementia for the last six years.
Through running group sessions with the help of art tutors, the project has been found to stimulate conversation, aid concentration and even improve memory retention.
Participants don’t have to be experienced to take part, with beginners working alongside people who have been painting for years.
Families of those living with dementia are also able to take part alongside their relatives, giving them a chance to take a break or speak to others with similar experiences. They can also get advice from a CrossReach Dementia Ambassador during the session.
A service which ‘enables and empowers people to find their voice’
The Heart for Art service provides community based art classes all over Scotland, enabling and empowering people to find their voice through the medium of art.
Through the exhibition, CrossReach Heart for Art have sought to tackle some of the misunderstandings and stigma surrounding dementia by showcasing the resilience of creative ability: giving visitors the opportunity to view artwork made and selected by people living with the condition.
The exhibition explores how the act of both viewing and making art can be a powerful way of connecting with self, forging meaningful connections with others, and improving the general well-being of those living with dementia and their carers.
Expressing her pride at the response the exhibition has had from visitors, Paula said:
“‘Beyond Words’ has turned out to be a huge success. Heart for Art participants and their families from across Scotland have visited the exhibition and were thrilled to see their artwork being exhibited.”
You can view this year’s Heart for Art exhibition by visiting Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Kibble Palace 730, Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 OUE.
The exhibition will run until Thursday 16 August between 10am-6pm every day.
It is free to enter and no advanced booking is required.
September 4th-9th 2017 Mon-Sat 9.30-1.30pm
Heart for Art provides dementia friendly art classes in communities all over Scotland. Our focus is on inclusivity and creativity, using art as a medium to connect people. Our Bankfoot group meet every alternate Wednesday. It is attended by those with and without art experience and is a relaxed and supportive environment. It is a joy to showcase the group’s work. Open Mon-Sat 9.30-1.30pm
Heart for Art features in this inspirational video along with Dementia Friendly Health Walks.
Heart for Art takes place in Bankfoot Church Centre every second Wednesday
Dementia Friendly health Walks take place in Bankfoot at 10.30am on a Thursday (meet at the Church centre) and Stanley at 10am on a Friday (meet at Stanley Store)
June this year is an important month in the calendar. Why? Because it hosts both Dementia Awareness Week (30th May – 6th June) and National Carers Week (6th – 12th June). For us this is an opportunity to raise awareness not only of the importance of helping people in our community to live well with dementia but also of the need to be supportive to those who care for them.
So, what is dementia? Well, the term refers to a number of conditions which affect the brain and have a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving and language. This means that everyday tasks become more difficult and a person may take longer to process thoughts and react to situations. It is a progressive disease, and the symptoms may gradually get worse, but never the less, particularly in the early stages, people living with dementia can continue to lead full and active lives, participating in hobbies and activities with perhaps a little extra support and understanding from those around them.
Having dementia does not necessarily mean that you are old or infirm, stuck at home or unable to enjoy life; many people remain physically fit and active. However, as there are no outward signs that a person has dementia – no plaster cast or bandage– this can sometimes lead to misunderstandings when for example a person’s words or behaviours are misconstrued or cause offence. This is difficult not only for the person living with dementia but also for the person who cares for them.
One example is Tom. Tom is a physically fit and able gentleman in his sixties who is living with a diagnosis of dementia. Tom has a dog which he enjoys walking daily; sticking to a route which is familiar to him so that his wife, who is his main carer, knows he can manage unsupported. The walk gives Tom a sense of independence and self-worth and it makes him feel happy to be outside and contributing to the family tasks. Recently though, while out walking, the dog messed on the pavement in a way which was too messy to be dealt with by a poo bag alone. Realising he would require sand to cover it, Tom returned home but before he could deal with the situation he was confronted by a passer-by who remonstrated with him about his actions. Unsure how to respond, Tom was left badly shaken by this and now lacks the confidence to walk the dog on his own. Equally, Tom’s wife has been affected, not only because of the upset of seeing Tom distressed and his confidence dented, but also because the brief amount of respite she gained while Tom was walking the dog is no longer available to her. In effect, Tom’s world has become smaller since that fateful day.
On a positive note, we should feel honoured and privileged that each and every one of us can make a valuable difference. In offering positive encouragement and support to people living with dementia, they can continue to be the valued members of the community they have always been.
National Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities. This year the focus is on carer friendly communities which support carers to look after their family or friends well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own. It is estimated that 3 in 5 of us will become carers at some point in our lives, perhaps to a spouse or elderly relative, or even a friend or neighbour. Many people would not identify themselves as being a carer, seeing the role as a natural extension of their relationship, and yet the tasks they perform and support they provide are essential in maintaining the health and well-being of the person they care for. Caring can be a rich source of satisfaction in people’s lives. It can be life-affirming. It can help deepen and strengthen relationships.
But without the right support caring can also have a devastating impact. Evidence shows that caring can cause ill health, and social isolation. When caring is intensive and unsupported you can struggle to hold down a job, get a night’s sleep, stay healthy and maintain your relationships with friends and family.
In supporting carers in the Perth area we often hear of the challenges they face.
Families and friends, neighbours and community members are an essential source of support for carers, providing emotional and practical help with their caring role. Not all carers find it easy to talk to relatives and friends about the care they are providing and the strain it places on them. The stresses and pressures of caring can make it difficult to maintain relationships with friends and to continue living a full and involved life within the community. Carers Week gives you a great opportunity to talk to them about their caring role, understand what they do and its impact on them, practically and emotionally. Sometimes just asking the simple question, ‘how is it going for you?’ or ‘can I do anything to help you,’ is enough. Supporting the carer enables them to better support the person they care for to continue to live a fulfilling life within our neighbourhood and communities.
You too can make a difference!
Heather Reid and Aileen Craigie (Lewis Place Day Centre/Day Opportunities)
Heart for Art
Heart for art offers a friendly environment where people in the early stages of dementia and their carers can take part in a therapeutic art session. Facilitated by a professional artist, assisted by enthusiastic local volunteers we enjoy painting with professional art materials, chatting, drinking tea and making friends. In this bright, relaxed atmosphere, people are able to express their inner self through art. Artistic ability is not needed – enjoyment is the key and we promote a “can do” philosophy.
The group meets fortnightly on a Wednesday from 10.30am – 12.30pm in the Hub at the Bankfoot Church Centre. The service is free of charge. New members and helpers would be welcome, come and visit us or call Heart for Art on 01324 718674.
We will meet on Wed 21st November 2018
Wed 5th Dec
Wed 19th Dec (Christmas party)
returning Wed 16th Jan 2019
and every two weeks after that from 10.30am -12.30pm.
view our video here
lots of lovely photos on facebook and twitter
Here is an article about dementia and carers Remember the Person
This link is to Alzheimers Scotland www.alzscot.org They also run a 24 hour helpline freephone 0808 808 3000