We run a number of projects within the East Riding aimed at supporting those living with dementia to lead a fulfilling and happy life. We work with a number of local partner organisations and businesses to deliver projects throughout the East Riding. You can find out more by clicking the links below:
- Become Dementia Friendly – Dementia Friendly East Riding has a number of Dementia qualified “Champions” who provide training sessions for business, public sector organisations and community groups. The aim is to provide information and advice to staff about how they can become more dementia aware in the work environment and to give them an understanding of the needs of people living with dementia.
- Dementia Friendly Cinema Screenings – The Parkway Cinema in the new Flemingate development in Beverley hosts bi monthly cinema screenings in a dementia friendly environment. Films are shown at a lower volume and without advertisements and trailers. The next film will be on Thursday 25th May “The Italian Job” starring Michael Caine is a classic comedy. The films are also open to carers and family members. Arrive from 10.30 am to 11 am for free tea/coffee and biscuits and the screening starts at 11.15 am
The cost is just £4 per head.
- Reminisce Garden – We understand that one of the most positive experiences for people living with dementia and their families and carers is to spend time outdoors. Each year we build a sensory garden which provides a relaxing sanctuary for people to reminisce and enjoy a variety of scented flowers and shrubs. In 2016 DFER won the peoples award for best informal garden organised by a garden centre in Melton. The garden was a great success with many visitors and a highlight being the scarecrows Rosie and Jim! Volunteers from the charity with advice from John Hickling a local horticulturalist built the garden with plants and flowers being donated to the project. In 2017, through partnership with NHS Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, the garden will be located at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham. This garden is specifically for the enjoyment of patients, staff and volunteers at the hospital.
- Competitions – It is important to involve those living with dementia, their friends and families to participate in various competitions. We run two competitions; Floral Art (Forget Me Not Flower Competition) which has been running for the last two years and is increasingly successful with 57 entries in 2016 and then 108 this year. We are keen to involve more care homes in this activity and already have great support from local schools. Click here to find out more.
Looking Beyond is a photography competition designed to increase awareness of dementia. It also aims to ‘look beyond’ and challenge preconceptions, as well as highlight our hopes for everyone affected by the condition. We are looking for great images to form part of a travelling exhibition in Hulk and East Yorkshire during the Year of Culture 2017. Click here to find out more.