We were recently invited to join pupils from Chorlton High School and older folk from Chorlton Good Neighbours at a pet therapy session. Sheila, from Noah’s A.R.T., brought dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs (along with their toys) to entertain us. Our members had lovely cuddles with the smaller animals whilst stroking and being licked by the dogs. We shared stories of pets we once had and asked the young people about their love of animals. This was all funded as part of the Chorlton Book Festival and we were grateful to be involved. If you would like to invite Sheila to attend a special event or group her website is: noahs-art.co.uk.
Together Dementia Support’s work is progressing well with four established, popular support groups that are making a great difference to people. We enable people who are living with dementia to get out every week, meet new friends, pick up hobbies that they had previously pursued or try new activities. Our Walk & Talk Group is enjoying Alexandra Park and feel it’s their weekly responsibility to feed the ducks! And the Carers’ Drop-In offers a varied programme, with an Old Age Psychiatrist, Social Worker, Physiotherapist, and dementia researchers all coming to speak. Our offer of free Tai Chi sessions and subsidised massage treatments have also proved popular.
TDS currently has five directors, one of whom is Sally, who also manages the project. However, to develop and expand our work we are seeking 2 or 3 more directors who share our passion for providing more community support to people with dementia in Manchester. Ideally we would welcome a director with experience and skills in either financial management/accountancy, commissioning or fundraising as securing funding to grow our work is a top priority. If you have some time to spare please get in touch with Sally to talk further. Your involvement could really make a difference.