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Caring Together Dementia & Carer Service

by Age Exchange in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 21st September 2021 we successfully raised £7,524 ( + est. £333.00 Gift Aid ) with 163 supporters in 42 days

Our Caring Together Service supports people living with dementia & their carers to improve their wellbeing and reduce feelings of loneliness

by Age Exchange in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

A further £5000 would allow our Caring Together Service to support almost 400 more people living with dementia and their carers through whole day of Day Care for 35 people living with dementia & their carers, one-to-one support session for 10 people living with dementia, 100 afternoons of targeted dementia activities and 150 couples transport to a carers support group


Caring Together Service

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Life is challenging when you get a dementia diagnosis. Life is going to change for all around you and it can be hard to maintain a positive approach to life that enables you to live your best life possible.

At Age Exchange we provide people living in the community with dementia and their carers the opportunity to be part of a supportive group and to discover new things to learn by expanding their creative skills. 

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Our reminiscence arts approach is proven to improve the wellbeing of people with dementia by 42%

Our Caring Together service supports 150 people living with dementia and their carers, providing regular opportunities to participate in therapeutic, relaxing and inspiring activities together in a non-clinical setting, reducing stress and reconnecting while creating individual/collective art works.


Our nine weekly groups provide a lifeline to cope with increasingly challenging circumstances as dementia progresses.

Activities include;-

  • Mixed activities and social support sessions for older people receiving care and their carers.
  • Day care service for older people who live with dementia and their carers to engage both carer and cared for in meaningful, sensory activity; music, movement, craft, and reminiscence.
  • Arts and craft activities for older people receiving care and their carers 
  • Activities and support groups for under 65s living with young-onset dementia and those who provide care as family, friends or staff.
  • Accessible reminiscence arts activities for people who live with dementia and carers.
  • Chair-based movement sessions for cared for who live with dementia and other disabilities and those who are carers, with easy-to-follow exercise routines to music.

Both cared-for and carers will experience improved wellbeing, independence, and reduced feelings of isolation through participation. Carers experience better mental health and increased resilience, so those they care for can live at home for longer. 

Supporting Physical and Mental Wellbeing

The aim of the chair-based exercise programme is to provide opportunities to fulfil social needs, improve upper and lower body strength, improve functional movements and mobility, increase confidence and self-efficacy. It also allows us to be creative and enjoy music and movement in a safe, warm and non-judgemental environment. 

Classes are safe and fun which improves participants' wellbeing.

Evidence from a meta-analytic review in the Journal of Ageing and Physical Activity showed that physical exercise, when performed within a social environment, can enhance the mood and reduce feelings of loneliness.

The chair-based programme is adapted to suit the individual and is progressive which allows people of different abilities to workout together.

  • Weekly chair based movement classes led by our Dementia Service Coordinator, Aga. It's an accessible class for all older people living with dementia, other disabilities and their carers to explore movement and music to help to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Weekly chair Yoga led by Blackheath Yoga instructors and belly dancing classes are held at our community hub which are well received by older people in our local community, people living with dementia, other disabilities and their carers.
  • Movement DVDs offered as part of our Virtual Day Care Service during the pandemic, to people living with dementia who are housebound and available to purchase by the general public to support the charity. You can view these DVDs free of charge at our virtual art gallery https://vimeo.com/channels/ageexchangeresources

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People living with dementia and their carers have suffered particular hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic and its essential they get back their community support services

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64% of carers have not been able to take any breaks at all in the first six months of the pandemic and 78% of carers reported that the needs of the person they care for have increased (Carers UK 2020, Caring behind closed doors).

In the first few months of the pandemic, we received 5 times the number of referrals we would receive in a normal year

This picture only worsened throughout the course of the pandemic as carers witnessed their loved ones diagnosis progress at an alarming rate due to long periods of isolation and loneliness due to restrictions and shielding.

As the UK comes out of lockdown, Age Exchange aims to build the resilience of those living with dementia in our community and their carers. Throughout the pandemic, we delivered our virtual day care service including reminiscence arts activity boxes, singing & movement DVDs and telephone befriending service. 

We know that we have a lot of work to do in helping people living with dementia & their carers to feel confident in engaging with the outside world once again. Our services play a vital role in this transition phase and we are pleased to have now welcomed back participants to smaller and shorter in person reminiscence arts and wellbeing activity groups since 4th May 2021.  You can help Age Exchange  to improve the wellbeing of the people we support who have been impacted by a lack of social engagement caused by the pandemic.

We need your help to be able to continue delivering our services in the post-pandemic world. Age Exchange now face the toughest challenge yet; an increase in demand for our services and less funding available to charities throughout the UK due to the financial burden of the pandemic.

"I genuinely look forward to coming out and meeting everybody. It was the highlight of my week before the pandemic."

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What could £1,000 help Age Exchange to achieve?

  • £1,000 could fund a whole day of Day Care for 35 people living with dementia & their carers
  • £1,000 could pay for a one-to-one support session for 10 people living with dementia
  • £1,000 could fund 50 afternoons of targeted dementia activities 
  • £1,000 could pay for 100 couples transport to a carers support group

Thank you for supporting people living with dementia & their carers!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

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Secret Hearts Dementia Glass Heart RRP £10

"Secret Hearts" who hide hearts for people to find across Kent have created 40 one off hearts for Age Exchange to help us raise awareness! Select this reward when making a £5 donation and we will send you one of these limited edition glass hearts! Please visit their Facebook page and website to see more of their incredible artwork! www.medwaysecrethearts.co.uk facebook.com/MedwaySecretHearts

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10% off Studio Drop in Blackheath Yoga RRP £16.50

10% off Studio Drop In Classes at Blackheath Yoga! Drop into Blackheath Yoga's Studio Classes which take place at their beautiful studio at 35 Tranquil Vale. Reception entrance is round the corner from SpaceNK on Collins Street. Find out more at https://www.blackheathyoga.co.uk/

£5 or more

10% off Studio 5 Passes Blackheath Yoga RRP £72.50

10% off Studio 5 Class Passes at Blackheath Yoga! Join Blackheath Yoga's Studio Classes which take place at their beautiful studio at 35 Tranquil Vale. Reception entrance is round the corner from SpaceNK on Collins Street. Find out more at https://www.blackheathyoga.co.uk/

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The Real Greek Restaurant Gift Voucher RRP £10

Get a £10 voucher for The Real Greek! "THE FOOD WE SERVE COMES FROM GREECE & THE EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN, WHERE THE PEOPLE HAVE A PASSION FOR EATING, DRINKING, FAMILY & LIFE." View their amazing menu at https://www.therealgreek.com/

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10% off at Luminis Beauty Spa Blackheath

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£5 or more

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£5 or more

Lunch for 2 at The Exchange Cafe RRP £20

Lunch for 2 including soup or a sandwich and a soft drink each for £15

£10 or more

Devika James Audiology- 2-4-1 wax removal RRP £75

2-4-1 on wax removal (RRP £75 for 2 ears but supporters who select this reward will get this offer for £60) Find out more at https://www.djahearing.co.uk/

£10 or more

10% off Blackheath Yoga Studio 10 Passes RRP £135

10% off Studio 5 Class Passes at Blackheath Yoga! Join Blackheath Yoga's Studio Classes which take place at their beautiful studio at 35 Tranquil Vale. Reception entrance is round the corner from SpaceNK on Collins Street. Find out more at https://www.blackheathyoga.co.uk/

£20 or more

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Reminiscence Arts Activity Box RRP £25

One of our reminiscence arts activity boxes delivered to your door containing a selection of easy-to-deliver, reminiscence arts based activities, with colourful non-toxic materials and friendly, clear instructions. Our Reminiscence Arts Practitioners have designed the activities to stimulate memory and inspire story-sharing, with themes such as Armchair Travel. See what's in the box at https://vimeo.com/423112103

£20 or more

Friends of Age Exchange Membership RRP £30

1 year membership of Friends of Age Exchange which gives you;- 10% off all food & drinks purchased in The Exchange café Entry to some Friends and Age Exchange events Entry to The Blackheath Christmas Fair 10% off purchases at Blackbird Boutique 10% off at G3 Photography Studio 2 for 1 deal on microsuction ear wax removal at Devika James Audiology Find out more www.age-exchange.org.uk/get-involved/friends-of-age-exchange/become-a-friend/

£25 or more

Devika James Audiology-10% discount on wax removal

10% discount on wax removal at Devika James Audiology Micro-suction ear wax removal is a gentle procedure that uses gentle suction to remove troublesome ear wax. Using a loops, a magnified light, microscope a trained audiologist looks directly into the ear canal and uses a sterile suction device to gently remove the ear wax. Find out more at www.djahearing.co.uk/

£30 or more

Bakehouse Theatre & Studio 6 weeks RRP £120-156

Get a special rate for our Bakehouse Theatre and Studio block bookings for 6 weeks or more;- Bakehouse Theatre £23 per week Studio do £15 per week Find out more at https://www.age-exchange.org.uk/spaces-for-hire/

£50 or more

Devika James Audiology- 10% off an accessory

10% off an accessory when you purchase bottom end hearing aids (plus £50 per aid sold donated to age exchange!) Find out more at https://www.djahearing.co.uk/

£100 or more

Hall of Memories

Have a name of a loved one added to a plaque in the Hall of Memories in our community hub. Find out more by emailing [email protected]

£150 or more

Morrison Financial Planning Review RRP £500

Discuss your goals and aspirations for the future, get a report showing projections of your finances into the future and be in a position to make better informed decisions on topics such as pensions, investments and passing wealth on to the next generation. RRP £500 Find out more at https://partnership.sjp.co.uk/partner/morrisonfp

£300 or more

Devika James Audiology- Hearing accessory

Get a hearing accessory worth £300 when you purchase top end hearing aids from Devika James Audiology (plus £100 per hearing aid sold donated to Age Exchange!) Find out more at www.djahearing.co.uk/

£500 or more

Movement Class: Friends, family or team RRP £800

Get a 2 hour chair based movement class for your group in person when restrictions are lifted or virtually. Find out more by emailing [email protected]

£2,000 or more

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Christmas Fair Sponsorship 2022 RRP £3000

This sponsorship package for our Xmas fair making your business the LEAD SPONSOR of our 9th Annual Blackheath Christmas Market in 2021. The package includes your logos on all printed flyers and materials distributed across a 30 mile radius from Blackheath, advertising in our community hub which boasts a 180k footfall per annum and your logos on our promotional materials across our social media streams, website and much more!

£4,000 or more

Sole Sponsor of Age Exchange Art Gallery RRP £5000

Become the sole sponsor with full advertising rights on our virtual art gallery and our in-person gallery when restrictions are fully lifted. You can visit the virtual gallery at https://www.ageexchangegallery.org.uk/

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