Improving the quality of life for people with memory difficulties and their carers through group cognitive stimulation therapy (CST)
The Forget-Me-Nots 2014
Prepared for the Octagon Chapel AGM
Summary on a Page
Achievements in 2014
- Established autonomous bank account
- Appointed 2 patrons: Angela Sellens Drake & Danuta Lipinska (in photo with Marie Parsons our oldest supporter. Oldest in terms of connection with our group)
- Completed 14-weeks start-up courses at Salvation Army Day Centre, Dell Rose Court, Harford Hill Day Centre,.Harriet Court.
- Ongoing groups at HMP Norwich Elderly Lifers Unit & Martineau Hall
- Worked with Linda Hook, MA student at NUA to create a 12-mins promotional film & new leaflet: thank you to Norwich Consolidated Charities for grant funding.
- Currently working with Community Action Norwich Luncheon Club
- Stand holder at Norwich Older Person’s Forum & the Dementia friendly day at the Kings centre
- Active fund raising programme in place
Thank you to the Octagon Chapel our chief sponsor
Chair’s Annual Report for AGM 17.07.15
The Forget-Me-Nots The Martineau Hall, Colegate, Norwich
Thank you to everyone involved in the Forget-Me-Nots. We have a core of active volunteers who facilitate and promote group cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) for people with memory loss and their partners-in-care. There is a wider group of supporters who contribute to our aim of spreading the positive person-centred messages of group CST in our local community. Everyone involved is a volunteer.
This report is a celebration of the past year or so of activity only, building on the ‘work’ started some five years ago. Please do read our policies and procedures manual for the story of how we formed!
From the outset we have benefitted from sponsorship from the Octagon Unitarian Chapel’s social responsibility group; the Martineau Hall and the Octagon Chapel may be used by us without charge. Norwich Consolidated Charities supported our start-up with funding over three years completed in 2014. At present we are self-supporting and autonomous through a fund-raising programme and donations. We hold an annual subscription to Voluntary Norfolk as an advice giving body.
We spread the word about CST with a promotional film (‘Its not just tea and chat’), attending open forums and presenting at regional/national conferences.
We are a small group of volunteers keen to see improved social psychological care for people with memory loss through the use of group CST regardless of where they live. To this end we established a weekly CST group in the Lifers Unit at HMP Norwich nearly 3 years ago and hold a weekly open group at the Martineau Hall for visitors and volunteers to learn more about group CST. Outside of these two ongoing groups we offer facilitated CST courses to neighbouring health and social care organisations. These ‘partnership’ organisations have included: Norwich Consolidated Charities, Doughtys; Norse Care, Harriet Court and Dell Rose Court; Harford Hill Day Centre; The Salvation Army, The William Booth Day Centre; Community Action Norwich and currently Methodist Homes Association, Cromwell House. In practice organisations may benefit from repeated contact with us. We hope to inspire, enthuse and skill-up the host organisation by showing the benefits of CST to the participants and care team.
This work relies on the enthusiasm and integrity of all volunteers to support each other kindly and harmoniously. Volunteers are invited to an active training programme and regular supervision to ensure that we remain trustworthy and reliable in all practice. External bodies tell us that good indicators of quality of the service include the opportunities for training, the routine use of an observer to each group and regular supervision: we depend on creating a good reputation through this type of feedback about our service. Thank you again to everyone involved. Judith Farmer Chair 2015
We have put together a collection of information to help anyone to understand how the forget-me-nots use group cognitive stimulation therapy to improve the quality of life for people with memory difficulties and their carers.
Some of these documents contain many pages so please click on the links below to see them in PDF format.
The first is a full guide to all our policies and procedures that guide our work.
- The Forget-Me-Nots manual: FMNs Manual
- After each group session we pause and review the group; this is the form we use: FMNs CST Group Review
- The Forget-Me-Nots love working with health and social care organisations, here is an example to showcase the impact that introducing CST can have: Doughty’s Hospital Summary Report 2010
The Octagon Unitarian Chapel has consistently supported our work and offers us a base in which to promote our practice. We have included our last three reports at the Octagon’s annual general meeting: