In a response to the Government’s announcement in March, that all ‘vulnerable’ people and ‘over 70s’ should stay home for 12 weeks, Greenbuttercup CIC set up a 12-week ‘Home Activity Programme’ for those living with Dementia.
Greenbuttercup is a Romsey-based Community Interest Company, which usually runs a couple of monthly activity groups for people living with Dementia on behalf of ‘Romsey Dementia Action Group’ (ROMDAG). An ‘Arts & Crafts’ group has run for almost 4 years, and since the beginning of last year there has also been a social/activity session called ‘Sensory Experiences’ – when a different theme is explored each time through as many of the senses as possible. The ’Home Activity Programme’ was set-up for those who would usually attend these groups, and extended to anyone else in the area with Dementia, who would benefit from some interaction and stimulation during Lockdown.
The programme was based on activities similar to those done at the group sessions. One week, a ‘Craft Pack’ was sent out, with everything needed to do a simple craft, then the following week an ‘Activity Sheet’ would be emailed (or posted). This had the same theme as the Craft in the previous week, and contained ideas for reminiscence, games, songs and interesting facts. Over the 12 weeks, themes covered were: ‘Pets’, ‘Easter’, ‘The Garden’, ‘VE Day’, ‘Mail’ and ‘Recycling’ – all of which had some connection to the situation we all found ourselves in. We are extremely grateful to Romsey Town Council and Test Valley Borough Council (through a Councillor’s Community Grant) for funding the set-up and initial 12 weeks of the Programme.
Twelve weeks came and went, with no indication as to when the groups would be able to meet again. It was decided to continue the Programme until ‘Lockdown’ rules were eased for those ‘shielding’ and they no longer needed to remain in their homes. A further 8 weeks was, therefore, added to the Programme covering: ‘Holidays’, ‘Butterflies’, ‘The Weather’ and ‘Going Out’.
Members of Greenbuttercup CIC were delighted to hear that they have received a donation from the John Lewis Partnership’s ‘Your Partners Through It All Community Fund’. This fund was set-up to support local communities throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, and individual stores could nominate local organisations. The donation has funded the extension of the Home Activity Programme and, amongst other things, will enable Greenbuttercup CIC to pay for the extra expenses which will be incurred to provide safe conditions for the groups re-start.
For further information about the services Greenbuttercup CIC provide for people with Dementia in the local area, please contact: Pamela@shadow26.plus.com or 01794 501605.
Thanks go to the Test Valley Borough Councillors for Tadburn Ward, who awarded a Councillors Community Grant to Greenbuttercup CIC to fund the initial stage of the programme.