With our dementia hubs slowly re-opening across Hertfordshire, with restrictions and PPE in place, our clients were asked what piece of advice would you give your younger self.
Daughter Debbie, speaks to our team member, Anne-Marie, about how without her Hertswise group, she may not have known how she would have seen lockdown through.
“Since joining the memory group a few months before lockdown, our Zoom meeting with Anne-Marie has been so much fun and such a unexpected experience that my mother and I have come to rely on for support and comfort in these unprecedented times.”
“We have built such a warm friendship group which, without Anne-Marie’s commitment each week, would not have evolved. I can’t wait to see each other face-to-face and continue to have laughs and look back at the year 2020.”Mother Maggie and daughter Debbie.
My name is Akelia, and I am the Equality and Diversity Champion which is a new role within the Hertswise service! I have been in the role for just over 2 months now and so far, I am very excited to be apart of such an amazing service!
I have spent my first few months learning as much as I can about dementia and the services provided by all the organisations involved in the Hertswise service. Having learnt as much I can over my induction period, I am more than prepared to begin developing the new project which is around promoting equality and diversity within the Hertswise service.
My role as an Equality and Diversity champion is a very exciting and important part of the Hertswise service. I will be providing a specialised service for those within BAME and LGBTQ+ communities across Hertfordshire.
This service includes raising awareness of dementia and the dementia care services that exist through Hertswise. I will also be providing 1-2-1 and group support to seldom heard communities and developed training to help other services provide inclusive support to those living with dementia, their carers and their families.
Over the Easter break, some of our clients and carers from our Hertford and Sawbridgeworth groups got in the Easter spirit, creating their own Easter poem.
Easter comes but once a year,
And brings plenty of good will and cheer.
Sunshine and showers,
Turn bulbs into flowers.
Eternal life forever,
Remember the reason we are all together.