Since lockdown we have had to suspend all of our hubs, but since we have been able to have them over zoom, the comments we have received has been delightful!

“Just like to say the sessions online provided by Hollie are excellent. It’s been a very difficult time for my mum not being able to attend the sessions. Hollie always provided such stimulating activities geared to each type of dementia need, therefore engaging everyone, this has continued with the online sessions, the content is amazing and again she engages everyone making it totally inclusive.”

– Daughter of client

“Thanks so much for a lovely session today. Thanks to both Tara and Sam who have provided wonderful support.”

– Young Onset Dementia Client

“These zoom sessions are something to look forward to at the end of each week, you are doing a great job!”

– Young Onset Dementia Client

Elderly Hertfordshire residents are being targeted by offenders claiming to be Police officers

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Hertfordshire Police have sent out notice to alert Hertfordshire residents that there is a spike in cases of courier fraud in Hertfordshire.

Elderly Herts residents are being targeted by offenders claiming to be Police officers – mostly saying they work for the Met Police but in some cases for Herts Police.

The offenders tell them that are investigating someone who works at the bank and that this ‘person’ is suspected of supplying counterfeit currency. The victim is told to go the bank and withdraw large sum of cash so it can be ‘checked’.

A courier attends the victims home address and takes the money. The victim will receive a phone call confirming that there is counterfeit currency in the money handed over. They are requested to return to the bank (or their other banks) to withdraw more money, again this is picked up by a courrier. 

To keep yourself and your family, friends and neighbours safe, Hertfordshire Constabulary have created Scam Safety Documents to help you stay Scam Aware.

If you are not happy with a phone call or are suspicious of a conversation you have with a caller then please end the call and contact police via the non-emergency number, 101. Remember to wait a few minutes before dialling to ensure you are not reconnected to the fraudster.

Meet the dogs and their owners who are making a difference to people living with dementia in St Albans

The Park Side View Dementia Care Home in St Albans opened its doors on Thursday 3 October to a number of visitors – both human and canine. The care home has been running pilot Dementia Dog Days for the past six months to support people with dementia and their carers. They have been a great success.

Hertfordshire County Council has worked with Hertswise, Dogs for Good and local volunteers and their specially-trained and assessed pet dogs to establish this monthly event at Park Side View. The care home offers a flexi-care scheme that provides specialist accommodation and care services to older people.

The Dementia Dog Days are funded by The Big Lottery and aim to bring joy, happiness and conversation into a group setting of people with dementia and their carers. This helps improve their quality of life, provides respite for carers and promotes access to dementia support services in the community. They are one of three pilots that are currently running nationally as part of a wider research project by Dogs for Good, using dogs to engage with people with dementia. 

Six volunteers have been working with Dogs for Good to train their pet dogs to meet with the clients and carers at Park Side View. The client’s family members and carers often report the beneficial impact this has on them, lasting long after each event and triggering positive reminiscing and increased opportunities for sharing meaningful time together

Jemma is one of the volunteers and the owner of Otis. When Jemma was asked about what her favourite thing has been about volunteering for the past 6 months at the Home, she said: “Talking to people who don’t have the opportunity to have their own dogs has been great – and being able to facilitate it. Everyone has been positive, and this has been good for the carers as well as it gives both the clients and carers something to look forward to when we come here.”

“Coming along and chatting to people goes a long way – it’s a great conversation starter and makes people feel more relaxed.”

Volunteer Helen and her dog Milo

The pilot has been such a success that Hertfordshire Taking the Lead intend to not only continue at Park Side View, but also expand across the County.

‘Hertfordshire Taking the Lead’ was created by veterinary surgeon and County Councillor and Vice Chairman of Hertfordshire County Council (HCC), Susie Gordon. Susie, together with Hertfordshire’s Public Health Department use a range of dogs – from specifically trained dogs for Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) to the well-behaved pets of HCC staff. This trailblazing initiative is a completely new and novel approach to improve the lives of some of our most vulnerable residents.