BREAKING NEWS !!!! National Trust Yorkshire Joins the Purple Angel Campaign

!!!!BREAKING NEWS !!!!

National Trust Yorkshire Joins the Purple Angel Campaign

Thank you so much Kim Pennock for all your hard work in making this happen, such a prestigious group and such a huge step forward. Hopefully ALL Nat Trust properties will follow, Kim you are a star.

National Trust Press Release
Issued: Monday 20 October

National Trust working with Purple Angel to help raise Dementia awareness amongst staff

The National Trust has begun working in partnership with Dementia awareness organisation, Purple Angel, to help its York attractions deliver a supportive and welcoming service to visitors living with Dementia.

Places including Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, Treasurer’s House, Goddards and the York National Trust shop have signed up to the scheme to ensure staff are briefed on the outward signs of Dementia and are able to support people living with the illness across all areas of their visit.

The partnership came together following a visit to the Trust’s Beningbrough Hall by North Yorkshire Purple Angel Ambassador, Kim Pennock, who explained further:
“My mum has Alzheimer’s and after struggling to find suitable places for us to visit together, where my mum would feel accepted, comfortable but most of all interested in the experience, I gladly accepted a trip to Beningbrough National Trust from York CVS.

The visit was exceptionally good for mum especially as it was during their wonderful exhibition to celebrate the war centenary. Mum enjoyed the tour, had a singalong with a guide and a chat about her brother having been in the RAF. This conversation in itself was incredible as my mum’s ability to hold conversation at that time was becoming very limited.

Onto the gardens and again the staff had a jolly chat with mum about the rhubarb they were cutting for the kitchen. All those prompted memories and the wonderful relaxed atmosphere gave both mum and I a very stress free happy day which will stay with me forever.

This in turn made me think why not approach National Trust and invite them to be dementia aware. As an ambassador for Dementia Awareness I am delighted they have accepted and that the staff and volunteers have embraced the Purple Angel campaign with such enthusiasm and care.”

David Morgan, general manager for the York area properties:
“We’re very pleased to supporting Purple Angel to raise awareness of dementia and helping people living with the illness look forward to visiting us. Planning what should be an enjoyable day can feel quite daunting if a friend, carer or family member has worries about how they will be welcomed to a visitor attraction and what they might experience. We strive to give all our visitors a fantastic day out. Our staff were very keen to be involved to ensure that they are able to communicate in a positive manner to identify individuals’ needs.”

Norman McNamara, Founder of Purple Angel said:
“The way the National Trust in Yorkshire have embraced the Purple Angel dementia awareness campaign is a great lesson to us all. Their actions of sharing and learning all about Dementia through the Purple Angel will not only benefit thousands of people in the future but also give them a better and more enjoyable experience when visiting the National trust properties.

This disease comes in many guises and forms and if the carers and relatives know that the National Trust staff have taken the time and are considerate enough to learn more about this awful disease so they can be of more assistance and understand the person’s needs a lot better, it will be so advantageous to all concerned.”

It is hoped that if the scheme is successful, it will be adopted at all National Trust places across Yorkshire.

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BREAKING NEWS!!!! Virgin Atlantic are working with The Purple Angel !

Virgin Atlantic are working with The Purple Angel

thanks to Caron Sprake, Purple Angel Ambassador. 

Well Done Caron!!

Press Release
Virgin Atlantic are working with the Purple Angel Association to give employees a greater understanding about dementia and how best to  help any passengers with the condition.

Specially made videos and fact sheets are being designed and will shortly be available to staff members via their intranet and in training sessions.
Established in 2013 by Norman Mc Namarra, who himself has early onset dementia, the Purple Angel has rapidly become a globally recognised logo with nearly 200 volunteer Ambassadors worldwide.
Local and National businesses encourage employees to recognise that customers with dementia may have particular needs and how to help them.

Displaying a Purple Angel sign indicates to customers that staff have an understanding which helps to reduce stigma and isolation.

 

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Northcote (Westbury – on -Trym) Beavers become Dementia aware

Not to be outdone by their older “sisters”, Northcote (Westbury – on – Trym) Beavers took part in a Dementia workshop on Wednesday 24th September.

These boys and girls enthusiastically engaged in the workshop and will be great ambassadors for increasing Dementia awareness.

One leader who felt Beavers were too young to think about Dementia has been totally converted!

So we now have 22 more Purple Angels aged 6 – 8 and their leaders increasing awareness of Dementia in Bristol.

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93rd Bristol Guides join the Purple Angel Campaign!

93rd Bristol Guides join the Purple Angel Campaign

 

On Tuesday23rd September, as a result of taking part in a Dementia awareness workshop,  the 93rd Bristol (Westbury Park) Guides joined the Purple Angel Campaign and became Dementia aware.

Following some introductory comments, the girls dramatized some scenarios involving people with Dementia to the other “Patrols”.

They then made a Purple Angel “We are Dementia Aware” poster and watched a short DVD produced by Patchway Community School and Patchway DAA.

So Bristol now has another 24 young  Purple Angels, plus their leaders, increasing Dementia awareness!

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Reporting back : Dementia Day on the Buses

What a great was had by all those attending the “Dementia Day on the buses event at Lawrence Hill Bus Depot on Friday 12th September.

The programme included:-
• A dementia awareness session with some of the drivers, their trainers and managers.
• Let people with dementia and their carers have a go at being a driver (although the buses weren’t allowed to move off of course!)
• Let Firstbus staff see what it is like to have dementia or be a carer.

The main comment in feedback was
“They look so normal, you wouldn’t know they had Dementia would you?”

So our awareness session helping them to identify symptoms was what we call in the trade “a result”!

So we now plan similar events at other bus depots around the region

 

 

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Compass Point (South St. Primary School), Bedminster becomes Dementia aware!

Following a Dementia awareness workshop on 8th July, Year 6 children at Compass Point School presented what they had learnt to the rest of the school on 15th July. They did this through dramatising two real life scenarios involving people with Dementia. So now we have two Dementia Aware schools in Bristol!

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Elmlea Junior School supports the Purple Angel Campaign.

Each year, Year 6 Elmlea children put on a “Leavers Play” for their parents, just prior to moving on to secondary school. Parents are asked to contribute to a retiring collection to show their appreciation, which is then given to a local charity. Guess who they gave it to this year? That’s right, the CHILDREN, not the teachers, asked that it be given to BDAA and the Purple Angel Campaign to give to Young People’s Dementia to help young people live with Dementia. I think we can call that a result!

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First Anniversary of BDAA

Exactly one year ago, on the 9th July 2013, BDAA was launched at Westbury Baptist Church. To follow on from last Saturdays charity concert by the Harlequins, a birthday party was held with a cake (with icing representing the Purple Angel  of course!) and a single candle. As it was Gillian Hutchinson’s birthday, we asked her to blow the candle out after singing “Happy Birthday” to her (as well as BDAA).

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Harlequins celebrate BDAA’s First anniversary.

On Saturday 6th July, BDAA celebrated their first anniversary at Westbury Baptist Church by holding a charity concert with the Harlequins. A great evening enjoyed by all those attending!DSCF7328

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St. Peter’s Hospice Volunteers become Dementia aware.

Following two sessions on “Dementia Friends” and the “Purple Angel Campaign” from BDAA, volunteers at St. Peter’s Hospice in Charlton Rd become Dementia aware as well as helping people with Cancer

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