Back to basics - two more workshops
Our first workshop, on 18th March, took us right back to the basics of understanding and relating to those living with dementia. ‘They are persons,’ said Dr Stephen Critchlow, ’looking for a sense of attachment, belonging and identity.’
‘Realise the importance of feelings, and keep on visiting,’ said Sarah, reflecting on her experience of caring for her grandmother. We heard how churches and other community groups have a vital role in providing love, friendship and support.
The other basic is the need to go on supporting the caregivers. Some of those attending the workshop faced significant challenges in this role. The Q&A session brought out some of those challenges, along with practical suggestions for communication. We also learned about local and national support organisations.
A lot is being done but there is still so much more that is needed. We didn’t even begin to address the challenges of the last 12 months, in which so many have been abandoned in loneliness.
We are planning further sessions to go deeper into some of the areas that were just touched on here. More details to follow.
And we will repeat this introductory workshop twice in April:
Saturday 17 April 10.30 am
St. Nicholas Church, Tooting, London SW17 9PP
020 8767 8033
Repeated Thursday 29 April 8.00 pm
St Luke’s Church, Wimbledon Park