Happy Christmas in Romsey

This Christmas, at the request of the Mayor of Romsey, organisations were asked to make little angels to decorate the town’s bollards.  Each of the angels has a label saying who has made it, and that anyone who likes it, can remove it from the bollard after December 20th.  ROMDAG has two angels (each decorated with a Dementia Forget-me-Not) on a bollard outside the Plaza Theatre.  They are accompanied by two, of similar design, for Greenbuttercup CIC and two for RAODS, who own and run the Theatre.  We just hope they don’t fly away in all this windy weather we are having

Poppies in Romsey

Remember the poppies outside Romsey URC during last year’s Romsey Festival? Well members of Greenbuttercup CIC were out and about yesterday planting some of them in the Market Place in Romsey. Around 200 knitted poppies are now in the planters surrounding Palmerston ready for Remembrance. Why not go and take a look!

Community Matters – Thank you Waitrose

The lovely staff at Waitrose, Romsey chose Romdag for their Community Matters funding. We used the money to put on a fabulous Christmas party to combat isolation for people with dementia and their caregivers. The party was a fantastic success which may not have happened without the Community Matters support.

The full article can be seen here

Thank you Waitrose!

Guidance on talking dementia

Here at Romdag, we received this fantastic set of guidelines from our friend Pam at Greenbuttercup CIC (thanks Pam). She thought it might be useful not only to us at Romdag but to our community too.

Some examples:

Avoid: burden, victim or senile.

Avoid: demented and dementia sufferer – instead say: person living with dementia

If you have a spare moment to have a read through, please do. Also, share these around. Let’s get everyone speaking about dementia in the best possible way.

Download here DEEP-Guide-Language

A new research opportunity

A NewMind funded study looking into pressure ulcer prevention for those with dementia.

You are cordially invited to take part to a scientific study that can take part during the ROMDAG activities.

This study is not interfering with the activities! The non-invasive measurement will only take part at the beginning at in the end of activities!

Carers can take also part!

For further details check out the study poster or contact Dr. Luciana Bostan l.e.bostan@soton.ac.uk


Yet another successful Dementia Festival at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Roy Lancaster CBE and patron of Sir Harold Hillier Gardens returned on Sunday 8th July to open the fourth Dementia Festival DEMFEST organised by the Romsey Dementia Action Group.  Over 500 people enjoyed the hot summer weather and engaged with over 45 different stands,  stalls and workshops.

The event highlights innovative ideas, allowing inspirational people to showcase their work with dementia and workshops designed to assist people who live with this disease.  The day focuses on known areas of help, such as aromatherapy, gardening therapies, music and the live bands and individuals provided the backdrop to a very enjoyable day for everyone.

Wessex Film & Sound Archive showcased their pioneering mobile film theatre drawing interests to the interesting and memory inspiring reminiscence marquee, the Mayflower Theatre were able to update visitors upon the refurbishment of the theatre and its reopening in September and show old show programmes.

Andrew Knight who runs fortnightly music workshops, Music Unlocking Memories in the Crosfield Hall gave a demonstration of his unique ‘Music Therapy’ to an audience of 50 plus, which overran such was the enjoyment  meaning the expert panellists on the Question and Answer session was moved out into the sunshine into an events shelter.

Face painting, Men’s Shed, a unique wishing tree, arts and crafts complimented the very busy Shentons Information Marquee where advice upon dementia was to be found from a range of agencies.

Cllr Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, Caroline Nokes MP attended with the Mayor of Romsey Cllr Dorothy Baverstock and Deputy Mayor of Test Valley Cllr Hatley, local parish councillors also attended this excellent day hosted by Romsey but visited by many from across the counties.

Check out our Demfest page on the Romdag website for photos of the event.

Can you help with dementia research?

Emily Walters is a PhD researcher at the University of Southampton.

She is looking for participants to get involved and help her make improvements within the NHS.

Have a look at the below information & give Emily a shout if you are interested in learning more (contact details below).

Thanks everyone for having a look & good luck Emily with your studying

Unlocking romsey memories

“Unlocking Romsey Memories”

This year the Alzheimer Society’s ‘Dementia Action Week’ runs from May 21st – 27th, and members of Romsey Dementia Action Group (ROMDAG) are planning a number of special events for it.
One of these is a FREE event called ‘Unlocking Romsey Memories’, which Greenbuttercup CIC is hosting on Friday May 25th, 2018. The event will be held in the Green Room at the Plaza Theatre (by kind permission of RAODS), where Greenbuttercup CIC run monthly ‘Art & Craft’ sessions for those living with Dementia on behalf of ROMDAG. Between 10.30a.m. and 12.30p.m. anyone with a Dementia, who lives in and around Romsey (or used to live/work in, or even just visit Romsey), is invited to come along with their carer and/or relatives to enjoy a morning of reminiscences over coffee and cake.
A number of organisations have kindly agreed to lend us Romsey memorabilia and photos to help unlock those memories. Members of King John’s House will be present with some artefacts from their Museum; Romsey Show and the Romsey Signal Box are loaning items; the local history society (LTVAS) and owners of the Woodley Net website have allowed us access to their photos; and members of RAODS will be on hand to talk about the Plaza – which was a Cinema and Bingo Hall before the Theatre it is now.
Everyone is welcome to join us – just drop-in at any time and stay for as long as you like. If you have an object or photo which has a special memory of Romsey for you, we would love to see it, so please bring it along.
There is parking behind the theatre, and entry is by the side entrance up the accessible ramp. If you would like further information of this event, please contact Pamela on: Pamela@shadow26.plus.com or 01794 501605.
For information about other local events during Dementia Action Week, please visit www.romdag.co.uk.

Donation – thank you

Huge thank you to St Edmunds Romsey RC church and St Andrews RC Church North Baddesley from Romsey Dementia Action Group in receiving a £910 donation from the congregation of these two churches.

The donation will help with our Dementia Action Week plans at The British Legion, Marie Louise House, The Plaza, Romsey Abbey, The Utd Reformed Church, Dementia Action Week 21st to 26th May,

And Demfest @ Sir Harold Hilliers on the 8th July will all benefit enormously from this gift.

Thank you from all of us at Romdag