Supporter Emails – March 2022

Cycle of Memory online film: Join Bristol Dementia Charities for a free, online film that shows the power of love and family connection in a new light this April. Bristol Dementia Charities Network invites you to watch this film free at home and later to join us, the filmmakers and others in an online live discussion.The film can be viewed online between 21st April and the 28th April.
The live discussion will also be held online, on Thursday 28th April, 6 – 7pm. The film is just 70 minutes long and can be watched at a time of your choosing via a private link which we will circulate a week before the online discussion. Please note that this is a private viewing hosted by BRACE by kind permission of Ashbourne Films, and this film is not generally available to the public at this time.
Further details and sign-up here.
Bristol Dementia Charities Network is made up of BDAA, Alive Activities! and BRACE.

We have just set up a Charity Vendor Account for the BDAA at the Book Barn. 
If you would like to support us by donating books you can drop them off and give our account number 4812.
Profits from the sale of these will be shared between the Book Barn and the BDAA.
If you have large numbers of books stored in your attic or garage and want to donate them to a good cause, you can either drop them up to the barn or they can collect. Just quote 4812 to ensure the BDAA benefit.
If you choose to do the former, they also have a nice café on site 😉

SAVE THE DATE – 21st MAY 2022 at 10.30 (Meet at SS Great Britain’s carpark). Walkfest
“This wheelchair friendly walk will give you an insight into Bristol’s history and is aimed at people living with Dementia and their carers”
More details nearer the time.

You can now view Tony and Adam’s talk: Is your business dementia friendly on the FSB website.

We had a great time at Happy Days yesterday – it was our previously postponed Panto by JDJB Productions. Many thanks for the women from BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions who helped give out teas, chocolate and ice-cream, to Deborah for lending us the usherette tray and all our usual wonderful volunteers. We were also joined by Mark from ZCT (Zurich Charitable Trust) who have very generously supported BDAA for over 4 years.

Further to the information last week about wristbands we have this poster with key information.
Thanks so much to sgt, Stuart King for providing these resources too:

•       BBC Taster – RemArc Reminiscence Archive, is designed to help trigger memories in people with dementia using BBC Archive material as stimulation.•       


•       Reminiscence Therapy, Dementia, Alzheimers, Learning Disabilities ( reminiscence therapy personalise a book to show sufferer who they were and who they are now

•       Brain-Jog Archives – SharpBrains developed by researches in Belfast cognitive stimulation app

•       Dakim BrainFitness music/video/newspaper clips from the past to promote interaction and cognitive stimulation

•       Dementia app Alzheimer’s, Elder, LD App ( app for carers/family to share observations and notesto individulaise care , remotrely manage music playlist and activaties

•       Storii – Give the gift of stories can be used by families when relatives are in hospital/care homes to upload photos/emmries that can be shared to help reasure and orientate patient and enable better interaction.


•       Pen Technology | TalkingPEN UK records and plays back sounds on contact with a page or photo. Touching the pen to pictures allows users to hear voices of family members or friends, or music. Memories can be recorded on to photo albums or personal items. Email: Telephone: 020 8445 5123.

•       BIME wander reminder is time orientation for people with dementia. A short verbal message is recorded and the minder is placed at the approach to the doorway – either freestanding or hooked onto the wall. Easy to install, its timer can be set to operate the minder only at key times of the day or night. Once the system is in position the infra red motion detectors senses movement when the door is approached, triggering the familiar pre-recorded message. The BIME Wander Reminder is supplied in kit form, with batteries and mains adapter, by the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME). Telephone: 01225 824103

•        Designability offer a number of products for people affected by dementia to help support independent living. They also offer the Memory Technology Library for people in Bath and North East Somerset to try out their products

Love these new cards by Sarah Boden for BRACE.

Here is Alzheimer’s Society’s latest Dementia Voice E Newsletter.

Playlist for Life is inviting people to host a Musical Tea!

Thank you to Sam from Care Home Selection for this information: I wanted to get in touch today to pass on some information about the service we provide across Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire. I manage the team of Care Liaison Advisors who support our self-funding clients to find suitable care options, whether that is Home Care, Care Home, Nursing Home, Live in Care or Dementia support. We are a free service and would be happy to support any Self-Funding clients you may have that require support to find care options or may just need a bit of advice on what is available. I have attached a flyer which explains a bit more about what we do as well as a brochure which can be given to anyone requiring our support. Clients can self-refer by calling the 0800 number or emailing us, details in the brochure). 

This is a really moving article by Norrms about living with Dementia.

From Sam and Julia: Thank you to Tony for raising money for BDAA for his birthday on Monday. You all know how much Tony does for the charity he and Barbara created nearly 9 years ago. BDAA wouldn’t exist without them and the tremendous amount of work he does every single day to raise the profile of Dementia and create a Dementia Friendly City. Happy Birthday Tony!

We had a good Avon and Somerset Dementia Forum meeting last week. If you belong to a local DAA or DFC and you aren’t on our mailing list please email us on to be added. Our next meeting will be in April.

Delighted to see this poster for this South Gloucestershire Walking Well Group which is part of our Young Onset Dementia initiative.
Save the Date! 21st May – BDAA Harbourside walk as part of Walkfest.

So much vital information in the latest Bristol Age UK newsletter. Here is some additional information about Memory Connections and Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST)

Thanks to Norrms for this beautiful video. Here’s his accompanying note:
This is why we do what we do, this is why we send out FREE mp3s, free headphones, all postage paid, already uploaded with the music of the person with dementias choice. Just look at the smiles on their faces !! And this is why we ask for donations and evidence just like this (Can’t beat videos)
You can find some happiness and contentment through music when you have dementia, and we here at the Purple Angel are so proud to say we provide this absolutely free

This M4D Radio station (part of Music for Dementia) sounds good. Music to evoke memories – you can add your birth decade or chose a specific decade or mix and listen online and with Alexa. Might be on in the background while writing this 🙂

Thanks to Alzheimer’s Society for this short video update on Cure The Care System.

Thanks to Lisa for sharing the latest Home Instead free dementia awareness course in Shirehampton.

Thanks to Judy for sharing about her business “A Judy of All Trades”. 
She offers personal assistance/companionship and practical work. More information on her leafletwebsite and Facebook page.

Service offers one stop shop for people with care and support needs in their own home.
Independent advisory service Partner2Care is running a new service offering a range of care and support services for people in their own home. The service is called ‘Partner2Care Plus’ and includes care and support planning, bespoke care training, brokerage and support services and payroll services.
Partner2Care Plus is an additional service developed to extend services to all people who have care and support needs in their own home. Services are tailored to ensure you get the support you need to have choice, control and flexibility over your care.
Please get in touch with the team using 0800 111 4167 or email for more information.

Great to hear that BRACE has been chosen as Charity of the Year for Bristol Film Festival.

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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