The last five months have been a challenging time, and one of innovation and determination as we continue to support our families throughout the pandemic and lockdown.

Reopening Home Support

Our Home Support reopened in May for one-to-one, two or three hour visits and is now back to full strength, allowing people living with dementia to enjoy companionship at home and carefully planned outings.

Reopening day care

Old Silk Works Club reopened at the end of July, with approval from Public Health England and Wiltshire Council. 
Sidmouth Street Club in Devizes reopened on 18th August with Mill Street Club to follow once a new ventilation system is installed. 

Reopening community groups

We are working actively to reopen some activity groups and the first of these will welcome back members in September. 
Community groups Covid-19 specific risk assessment

How we are staying in touch

We are remaining in very regular contact with all our families. 

A member of staff you know well (from your day club or community group) will phone you at the time you would normally have a visit or attend a group or club.

This will not just be a quick chat. They will ask how you are coping and they will have time to talk through any issues and give advice. They will ask if there is anything you need, and arrange help with shopping or collecting prescriptions if needed. Our day club teams are sending out greetings cards, packets of seeds, and our therapy dogs have visited in people's gardens in recent weeks for some long overdue cuddles. 

Our dementia advisers are continue to contact families by telephone to offer advice and support and will make discretionary home visits. 

Virtual groups

We are also inviting the people that normally come to our singing, art and movement groups to join in virtually through online broadcasts so that the all important routines can carry on. We are running at least four Zoom groups each week and adding occasionally art group sessions and quizzes.

We are also sending out art packs of materials for creative projects at home. NB we are asking £3 towards costs for these packs)

Our guide to getting on Zoom

Please see our advice on coping at home and activities page which is regularly updated.

Working together

We remain in close touch with other voluntary sector organisations, Wiltshire Council and health providers. This helps us to share information and ensure no-one gets forgotten.

Home Support lifeline reopens

Day clubs reopen

Virtual Music for the Mind

Virtual Movement for the Mind

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