Isolation Resources – November

It’s Happy Days Memory Cafe’s 5th birthday on 6th November. Normally we’d celebrate in person with cake but this year it’s online but there’s still cake! Helen from RWA has kindly created an activity for everyone to do at home this week. We’ll also be sharing some photos of the past five years on our Facebook page – doesn’t seem five minutes since ‘the Fonz’ opened it! 

We are delighted to have been chosen again by Co-op Community Fund. Please do support us by choosing BDAA as your charity. Further details here. We would appreciate it if you could help us promote this by using our poster or the link above.

We thought you might be interested in this webinar: Dementia research: updates and opportunities, Nov 10, 2020 1:00 PM London. Flyer here.

  • Dr James Selwood (CUBOId: Using Home Sensor Technology in Dementia Research @ReMemBr Group, University of Bristol)
  • Nicolle Appleton (The Julius Clinical Study: An Overview @Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE), Royal United Hospital, Bath)
  • Dr Tomas Welsh (Promoting Activity, Independence and Stability in Early Dementia (PrAISED) @Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE), Royal United Hospital, Bath)
  • Professor Rik Cheston (Enhancing dementia services for people from south Asian communities (ADAPT) @ University of the West of England
  • Vanessa Bishop (So you want to take part in a clinical trial: how to get involved @ Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE), Royal United Hospital, Bath) 

This ‘Communication and Dementia’ webinar sounds good. It is suitable for any colleagues, staff, volunteers, friends, family and carers of people living with dementia. This is being organised by Winsome Barrett-Muir at the South Glos Dementia Action Alliance, but relevant for people anywhere. It’s on 17th November at 10am. Here is their latest newsletter.

Western Power is inviting charities, community groups and local authorities to apply for awards of up to £1,500 to support initiatives such as those offering food and clothing parcels and hot meals, as well as gifts and support to vulnerable children, adults and the elderly over the Festive period.
Applications for the ‘In This Together – Community Matters Fund’ are welcome from registered charities, community groups and councils within the WPD distribution network area. The application winter holidays form is available from their website and the closing date for submissions is 15 November. Applicants will be notified as to whether their application has been successful or not by the end of November. Further details here..

Here is BRACE’s latest newsletter.

We Care Home Improvements has a new-look newsletter.

Please do pass on our details to any care homes/hospitals, individuals or organisations who could use MP3 players with people living with Dementia. We have funding to provide them free of charge with a personal playlist of 15 tracks in the Bristol area. This is part of the Purple Angel MP3 national scheme – they are urgently requesting any old MP3s that might be in a draw at home. See this information sheet.

We are pleased to be involved with Being a Dementia Friendly Church in a Pandemic zoom webinar on 27th November at 10.30am. Please book your free space on the Eventbrite page above and please share this poster.

Thanks to Pete at Alzheimer’s Society for this November Activity pack.

Celebrating Age Open Mic Night is on Wednesday, 25th November from 5pm via Zoom – sounds good!

In 2019, BDAA was funded by Bristol Community Health to work in partnership with the local Hindu Temple and Sikh Gurdwaras, to improve knowledge around dementia, and to hear about people’s dementia experiences or questions on this topic. We hope to build upon this project in the future. BDAA coordinates a network of dementia-friendly churches and we have some relevant resources available on our website which are useful for all faith-led organisations.  Please see this article by Subitha Baghirathan for further information about Diwali on 14th November 2020.

Here is the latest guidance from the government for unpaid carers.

Here is RWA’s latest newsletter. Lots of great activities to join in with.

BOPF’s latest newsletter.

An update from Silver Sunday including the story of the unknown warrior.

CASS is advertising for a Community Access Support Service Manager – job description and application form.

This celebration event sounds great.

The Dementia Health Integration Team (HIT) undertook a survey of its members between May to July 2020 to assess the impact of Covid19 on services for people living with dementia and their carers. 
The survey covered a range of issues, from concerns for patient and staff safety and wellbeing, to specific issues on the impact on staff and patients of BAME origins. We received responses from 19 services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, providing invaluable insights into the difficulties encountered by all services during the COVID19 pandemic, but also the tremendous resourcefulness of staff on the ground in trying to cope and continue delivering vital services to patients and carers, albeit in modified form. 
Please see the attached survey report and Executive Summary.

We’ve been asked by Flying Saucer TV to share that they are looking for people to take part in a hit transformational Channel 5 TV cleaning/decluttering series and are looking for people who might need a little bit of help tidying or cleaning up their homes. Please email for more information.

We have been forwarded this email by World Harmony Orchestra who are putting on Cuppa Concerts over the next couple of months – see their flyer for further information.

RICE is urgently seeking therapy support for a research study. If you are interested or know someone who may be, please could you share this information as widely as possible. This email from Alzheimer’s Society has shocking covid-19 statistics.

You can access the government’s winter plan here. This includes information for vulnerable people (page 33)

These Challenging Ageing webinars by BOPF sound good. The two-hour workshops will enable participants to explore their own thoughts and experiences and look at ways of building new approaches to tackling ageism as an inequality. It will also focus on how ageist beliefs and actions affect both older and younger people. The workshop content includes: • Definitions of ageism • Exploring ageist stereotypes • A short quiz • A brief history of ageism • Ageism and the 2010 Equalities Act, looking at direct and indirect ageism through a number of scenarios • How we can challenge ageism in our work and daily lives. The workshops also explore how the COVID-19 Crisis has highlighted ageist policy decisions and look at ways we can use in working towards a strategic approach to eradicating structural ageism.

27th November 2020, 10:30am – 12:30pm:

3rd December 2020, 10:30am – 12:30pm:

The Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older Adults (CMHF) creates a fantastic opportunity to support Healthier Together’s vision for people to access high quality, fully integrated care in their community. They have two upcoming engagement events looking at transforming adult and older adult community mental health services in the BNSSG area.  Please see the below links to event information and registration details for the virtual engagement events. Monday 7th December 2020 –  – Please register to attend by 5pm, 3rd December 2020.

Monday 11th January 2021 –  – Please register to attend by 5pm on 7th January 2021.We thought you might be interested in this replay: volunteering and volunteer support for older adults webinar.The two speakers were:Ailsa Cameron from the University of Bristol and Jessica Duffy from Time to Shine, the Ageing Better programme in Leeds run by Leeds Older People’s Forum.

This Delivering Outdoor Experiences for People Living With Dementia was really informative.

Alive Activities has raised all their money towards their compost toilet at their dementia friendly allotment in Brentry, Bristol.  They were fundraising for a loo so that they can share it with those living with dementia and can work together in developing the allotment into a fantastic space.
Please see their Facebook page for updates on the project – they are now funding for additional items such as a shed, paving slabs and seats.

Please see this email from Norrms about World Rocks Against Dementia 2021. Please get involved if you can.

Thanks to Bristol Museums for these Being Human Moves postcards. More information here.

Please see this Age UK update.

Many thanks to Subitha Baghirathan for these covid updates – lockdown public update and language resources.

Man Alive is a group for men in Knowle West and South Bristol. They run online sessions, social events and health activities and do work in the local community. Normally they organise lots of activities around Knowle West, but are meeting online at the moment, If you live in South Bristol and you’d like to make new friends, improve your health or get more involved with the local community, then please contact Jack on or go to

There are still spaces left on the Webinar and workshops for Carers Rights Day (26th November). The online event will start with a webinar which will focus on carers’ rights in hospitals and Sirona who will give an update on community health services. The day will then conclude with a series of online workshops to choose from: lasting power of attorney, Carers Allowance, nutrition, and move and meditate.
Short videos will also be uploaded throughout the day on the websiteand YouTubechannel.

BRACE’s A Christmas Cracker on Friday 4th December from 2.30pm sounds great.

Chair of Trustees vacancy

Tony is stepping down as Chair of Trustees to concentrate on being our founder and ambassador and continuing to be a full-time volunteer at the

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