Forget Me Not

Dementia Day Clubs

Forget Me Not Dementia Day Clubs is a charity that was established in March 2011. However, due to the number of legal formalities that had to be negotiated, the first club actually opened in Siloam Church Hall in March 2012. There are now five day clubs, two in Killay, one in Gorseinon, one in Mumbles and one just opened in Tycoch.

The clubs give couples the opportunity to share their experiences with others in a similar situation. They also allow for group interaction in a positive and informal environment. The aim is to make life as enjoyable as possible for both the person with dementia and their carer, enjoying activities such as games, dominos, arts and crafts, snooker, quizzes, trips and holidays.

This is what one carer had to say….“I feel that the success of the Forget Me Not Clubs is because we attend as couples and can all join in the activities, whatever they may be on that particular day. When my husband and I started, there were only two other couples attending, but as the numbers grew I feel that our family grew as well. When talking to friends and other people, saying how much we enjoy the group, I always say that on your first morning you may come in as strangers, but will leave as friends. From the moment we walk through the door, we start talking, laughing and enjoying ourselves. When some people come in they ask, “What is going on here? We can hear you half way up the street!” If I was asked how the clubs could be improved, I would answer categorically; — you can’t, as they are perfect.”

The club was extremely proud and honoured to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services in 2016. This is the highest award a voluntary group can receive, in the UK.

This award was presented after the opening of the first Dementia Day Club just four years previously. This was a great honour in recognition of the dedication of all of the volunteers.

There are approximately 750,000 people in the U.K. with dementia and it is projected that by 2021 over a MILLION people will be affected with this illness. If your family or friends are affected by dementia, please tell them about us. Anyone who is suffering from memory loss has dementia or Alzheimer’s as well as carers and ex carers of people with dementia, are welcome to enjoy the benefits the clubs provide.

If you are interested in volunteering at any of our clubs, please contact us on: – 01792 448805

Email: contact@forgetmenotclubs.com Web: www.forgetmenotclubs.com

Rugby Star support’s local dementia charity

THE LOCAL DEMENTIA SUPPORT CHARITY, THE FORGET ME NOT CLUBS, IS BEING SUPPORTED THIS YEAR BY WELSH RUGBY LEGEND AND TEAM CAPTAIN, ALUN WYN JONES

These local clubs give support to those affected by dementia and their carers. That means, if you are affected by dementia, they are for you. Welsh Captain Alun Wyn Jones (right) is supporting our local Forget Me Not Clubs through his current testimonial season.

“Here in Swansea we have the Forget Me Not Dementia Day Clubs, a local charity providing high quality care and support”.

Don Williams (left) MD FRCPsych, retired Consultant Psychiatrist, Cefn Coed Hospital.

Are you touched by dementia either as a sufferer or carer?

Then come along to the new Forget Me Not Club in Sketty Baptist Church, Carnglas Road, Tycoch (opposite Geoff’s Print Shop) Fridays at 1.30 pm. Come to the newly refurbished hall round the back of the church. An Opportunity for friendship, and enjoyment in life Forget Me Not Dementia Day Clubs Swansea. For both person with dementia & carer to come together. Charity No 1143961

Forget Me Not Dementia Day Clubs was set up in March 2011 and have five clubs in Killay, Gorseinon, Mumbles and Tycoch. Everyone who comes, whether the person with dementia or the carer or the volunteer thoroughly enjoys themselves. Many friendships have been formed.

Mumbles Club Monday 10 am to 1 pm. Victoria Hall, Methodist Church

Gorseinon Club Wednesday 10 am to 1 pm. Catholic Church Hall

Killay Clubs Wednesday 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm, Thursday 10 am to 1 pm. Siloam Church Hall

Sketty Club Friday 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm. Sketty Baptist Church, Carnglas Road, Tycoch

 

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