An exploration of the UK unpaid carer's world

Intro - First Press Release           First Press Release  here                              Home page here 

                                                         A menu of textual opportunity on the ensuing page here

Browse and pick up ideas via Leominster Dementia Meeting Centre Publicity here.

Update 7 Nov - all dates shelved      

Publicity Timing - proposed

31 Oct

Aim for first Press Release (PR1) soon.  PR2 a week before opening would remind readers of Weds 1 March.

The Ross Mental Health Steering Group Meeting meets on 9 Nov.  It needs to be decided by, say, Friday 4 Nov whether the MHG should influence when we publish. If it had thoughts about a public meeting in the following two or three weeks, we could combine.  However, 8 Feb is too late.  Let's aim for publication date of Weds 23 Nov.  It means we cut out the Steering Group involvement in PR1. 
PR1 published on Weds 23 Nov would be the main info output and resource request.  However, it needs to be wrapped up by 16 Nov.  

Ross Mental Health Steering Group - MHG -  meets on 9 Nov at Christ Church.  On the agenda is Ross as a Dementia Friendly Community - DFC.  That is complicated by how the necessary Dementia Action Alliance - DAA - is incorporated.  

  1. The first PR gives carers time to see their GP.  

  2. It includes the first call for resources

  3. The next Vols Meeting may agree that two or three members work with AFH to finalise and  approve PR1. 

  4. It then goes to Dr Lennane unless 5 decides to send only text of his mention   

  5. That done, it goes to the Gazette by, at latest, Fri 11 Nov for publication on Weds 16th.   

  6.  It means we cut out the Steering Group involvement  
  8.  It will help if we know who the carers and carees are if Dr Lennane is to supply them all.   

  9. If 13 doesn't muster, say eight carer/caree couples and four independent carees  (see 8.5 here), we'll be looking for more via PR1.  

  10. If, however, 13 becomes reality, we need to think hard about the FAQs page content re joining criteria. No need to make it sound like a closed shop

  11. All this settled within the situation of cutting out the Steering Group,  PR1 can be out of the way in plenty of time.  I hope for at least one meeting at Alton Street of carers, ideally two, before the break.  
  12. PR 2  for publication on 22 Feb would remind readers that the doors open a week later.  It would describe the success of PR1.

The MHG and a public meeting.

It is appropriate to read extracts from a long section elsewhere which brings in other issues.  From where I sit, it makes sense to combine with RMHSG within a Public Meeting - PM.  However, Christmas can squeeze the weeks before opening our DMC. 
  • Clearly, you need to muster your local orgs and companies and point them towards DAA during the PM

  • The PM serves to raise awareness of the three main components of project impetus - your locality as a DFC, membership of the local DAA, and your DIY DMC
          The source if more text is needed is 3 Third  -Prepare for Public Meeting 1 here.  

Suppose Anne P (Deborah unavailable) and I go to the Steering Group Meeting on 9 Nov and propose to combine within the PM on 8 Feb.  We represent our DMC as important part and parcel of the wider mental health momentum of the DFC.    


                             Intro - First Press Release   here

                              A Dementia Meeting Centre for Ross - Press Release  here
                             A DMC for Ross Home page here



I have tried to source each one.   Plenty of choice!

Christ Church

Eddie Cross Street, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7BZ

Host to the Ross Dementia Meeting Centre

source     Photo of Deborah?

                             1       Knit and natter 

                                          but see 17 and 18

                 2 Two of the three Leominster Dementia                                  Meeting Centre  staff.

                           It is open three days a week.


        3  Lone carer taking five minutes break in his                     shed.

  Ross Dementia Meeting Centre  "Shed Talk" might            plan a session together.


                    4     Singing with rhythm 

                  Recycled songs Home page here



          5  Droitwich Dementia Meeting Centre                                   percussion session

       6     Teresa and Prof. Alan F Harrison

                          Leominster tea dance 


Beat It Percussion works with a range of groups in the community.  Always good sessions at the Leominster Dementia Meeting Centre 


                   A volunteer and focused caree

                                     from a NHS website

       10  A volunteer and focused caree

            from an Alzheimer's Society webpage


       11   A volunteer and happy caree

                           from a NHS website


     12      Volunteer with carer and caree

             from an Alzheimer's Care & Cure mag

    13    We all wear our name badges at the                                    Leominster  Dementia Meeting Centre    . . . . 


      14    . . . . and carefully put them in the right                              compartment before we go home. 




 "The cheese" as it's called at the Leominster Dementia Meeting Centre   is 4ft  on each side.  Members of two teams throw five bought cloth mice at a time.  

An expensive Leominster Dementia Meeting Centre item prone to puncture.  Shed Talk  will come up with plastic tubs screwed to a piece of wood.  

Continued at 17



16     Recording the results of a team competition                    at Droitwich DMC.   


      17     Nothing matterers

                    when you're knitters-and-natterers!

                    Five knitted mice on the way!



Line dancing  knitting and nattering will be seen and heard at the Ross Dementia Meeting Centre 


                 19  The game of Jenga


       20     Plenty of positive tension! 

                       Sets can cost £15.  Shed talk will
                         need a budget of about £5 and                                                possibly £0 as men habitually                                                  accumulate wood.

                        Similar and even cheaper - playing-card                             towers!  Wider participation at the same                             time.  Teams. Prizes made during                                            lunch prep.

pagetop              Intro - First Press Release here
                             First Press Release  here                               
                             A DMC for Ross Home page here