Healthy Living Club - Dementia Focused Community

by Thomas Smith in London, Greater London, England

We did it
On 26th January 2018 we successfully raised £260 with 15 supporters in 56 days

We are raising funds to continue to be able to offer dementia tailored activities which give people the chance to live well with dementia.

by Thomas Smith in London, Greater London, England

A grassroots dementia focused charity proving that it is possible to live well with dementia. 

Our aims

We provide people living with dementia, and their carers, with the opportunity to create new friendships and to engage in meaningful relationships in the community. We aim to replace feelings of isolation with a sense of belonging to a community group where members share ownership and within which dementia has no stigma attached.

Through our group, we provide individuals with a time in the week where they can enjoy themselves, free from the stresses that are commonly associated with dementia.

What we do

We currently run a full day Wednesday club in Stockwell, South London, packed with specifically tailored activities for people living with dementia to enjoy. Over the past year, we've enjoyed chair based keep fit sessions, music and singing for the brain, drama, poetry and much, much more! 

We have also introduced a Monday morning club as well as starting a 6 day per week lunch club for the residents of Lingham Court, the extra care residential housing where our club is based.

Our video shows some of what we offer as well as some thoughts on the club from our members.

How your support will help the Healthy Living Club

Any support you can give will allow us to continue providing activities which are tailored to individuals living with dementia. Highly skilled sessional workers run our group activities and create a good level of engagement with the people who join our sessions. This allows individuals to get the most out of the activities that we offer and truly enjoy themselves in this safe space each week.

£5,000 will allow us to continue offering these activities for another 6 months.

Our impact and coverage to date

  • Extensive press coverage including our singing sessions being featured on BBC evening news as an example of inclusive practice during Black History month.

  • An independent dementia consultant who conducted a Dementia Care Mapping observation for us commended the positive engagement of our musical sessions in her final report.

    ‘…never before have I witnessed so many people living with dementia have such levels of mood engagement for such a sustained period of time while in a group session together’.

  • Our work is showcased in the South London Health Innovation Network’s (HIN) manual on dementia peer support and our way of working is promoted as an example of best practice in the Social Care Institute for Excellence’s (SCIE) resource on co-produced communities.

  • In the one year we applied for awards (2015), we were shortlisted for both a ‘Love Lambeth’ award and Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group’s ‘Working Together Award’. In the same year, Dave Bell (a volunteer and trustee of the charity) won the Lifetime Achievement award at the 2015 Dementia Care Awards.

  • The South London Health Innovation Network (HIN) measured the social impact of our Wednesday club using evaluation methods developed by the New Economics Foundation and found that we generated £506,094 of social value per year. This is the equivalent of £5.18 of social value returned for every £1 invested in our club.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

E-mail thank you

Receive a personalised thank you e-mail from the whole team at the Healthy Living Club.

£10 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Handwritten thank you card

Receive a handwritten thank you card from one of our members at the club.

£15 or more

1 of 25 claimed

Arts & crafts

Receive a work of art or craft from one of our members at the club made during one of our activity sessions.

£20 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Join us for lunch!

Come and enjoy lunch with us at one of our lunch club days (every day excluding Saturday). This is your chance to meet us as well as enjoy a freshly prepared 3 course meal!

£20 or more

0 of 25 claimed

Personalised poem

Receive a personalised poem from one of our members at the club written during one of our poetry activity sessions.

£25 or more

0 of 15 claimed

Be a part of our session

Your chance to show us your skills during our afternoon talent contest in April 2018. You will have up to 10 minutes to wow us with your chosen skill with the members of our club crowning an overall winner at the end of the afternoon!

£35 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Personalised poem with reading

Receive a personalised poem as well as a video of a reading of the poem from one of our members at the club written and performed during one of our poetry activity sessions.

£35 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Franco Manca gift vouchers

£25 Franco Manca (Brixton) gift voucher + £10 donation to the Healthy Living Club. Kindly donated by the team at Franco Manca Brixton.

£50 or more

0 of 25 claimed

Join us at our Monday session

Come and join us at our Monday club! This is your chance to get involved with our activities and to join us for lunch as well as meeting us and our members!

£75 or more

0 of 25 claimed

Join us at our Wednesday session

Come and join us at our Wednesday club for the day. This is your chance to get involved with our activities and to join us for lunch as well as meeting us and our members!

£100 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Special thanks in annual report

Add your name to a special section in our next annual report where we thank our kind donors. This is our chance to recognise your contribution publicly and we welcome you to join us at our Wednesday club for the day.

£150 or more

Join our 50 plates programme

Are you a local customer facing business? Join our network of Dementia Friendly restaurants, cafes and other businesses and be 1 of 50 showing your support for our cause. We will provide you with a professionally designed '1 of 50' certificate as well as access to a network of other businesses pledging their support.

£250 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Enjoy a keep fit session at your place of work!

Enjoy one of our chair based keep fit sessions at your business! Your chance to receive a special fitness class from our sessional worker, Laurent, for up to 20 of your colleagues.

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Enjoy a musical session at your place of work!

Enjoy one of our tailored singing sessions at your business! Your chance to receive a special 90 minute class from our sessional worker, Mel, for up to 10 of your colleagues.

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