District Grant Helps Dementia Sufferers in Worksop

February 2020

U3A Sing for Pleasure at the event

One women’s quest to support Dementia sufferers has turned into an event she could only ever have dreamed off.

Jean Roberts of Worksop launched an “Afternoon of Song” at The Crossing Centre in the town where people with Dementia, their families, friends and carers can meet and enjoy an afternoon of singing.

She said: “The Care for Carers group meets at The Crossing and I realised there where not many other activities available in the area for the suffers of Dementia and also their families or carers. After seeing a programme on the TV about another town introducing singing to people with Altzeimers, I wondered if it would also help with Dementia.

“It was agreed I could use the hall at The Crossing and I contacted my friends who sing in nursing homes to see if they could help me. We invited all the local care homes and put up posters around the town and then waited to see what happened”

 

The first session was arranged for September and Jean couldn’t believe her eyes when around 60 people arrived through the door that afternoon.

Jean said: “I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when so many people came along, I was so happy.”

Following the success of the first session another was organised for October then December and each time around 70 people arrived. Jean also has an army of amazing volunteers around 9-10 people offer their time and support for free at each event.

Jean added: “We’ve had people visit and join in the singing when they don’t usually speak. It’s been inspirational to watch.”

Sheffield Methodist District offers up to £500 per year to projects which encourages new people to attend church or to support worship in their communities and an Afternoon of Song has successfully secured one of the Keep Fishing grants.

Neil Hardland, Mission Development Officer, said: “Afternoon of Song reminds us what the Holy Spirit can do when our churches give permission and encouragement for members to follow their gifts and passions to reach out into local communities.

“If you are daunted by a prompting that won’t go away, there will be someone in our District with relevant experience who can help you get started.”

Jean added: “Securing the grant means that we’ve been able to arrange sessions for the rest of 2020.”

L-R Donna Hoyle, Doreen Swinburn, Emma Cooper

Donna Hoyle (54) of Worksop brings her mum Doreen to the events, she said: “It’s been brilliant for mum, it really does her good and it’s something new and different. I can remember some of the songs from my childhood and how we’d sing them with mum. You can see the enjoyment in everyone’s faces and the most important things is it’s keeping minds active.”

An Afternoon of Song is held on the last Wednesday of every month between 2.15 – 3.45pm and is free to attend. All refreshments are also offered for free and are donated by the local Morrisons store.

At each event different singing and music groups are invited to lead the sessions to offer a variety of entertainment.

To find out more about Keep Fishing Grants click here