Please help people with dementia & their carers to live well and get the support that they need.

PramaLife's network of 17 support groups for people with dementia and their carers across Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and east Dorset need your help. We need your help to fund these amazing groups which enable people to live well.
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RCN 1172716

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PramaLife has developed a network of 17 support groups for people with dementia and their carers across Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and east Dorset.

In our groups, we use activities which prompt memory and sensory stimulation. This includes handling common place objects, the use of flash cards, playing different sounds, watching a film, being exposed to different smells, singing, playing an instrument, listening to music and physical exercise.

The participants are encouraged to discuss what they have: felt, seen, smelt or heard. Quizzes e.g. word association, are also used to stimulate cognitive reasoning. We have developed our network to include two groups focusing on Sporting Memories and two specifically focusing on music (including a Community Choir). We have done this to broaden the range of opportunities for engagement, for the people that we support.

The groups are led by trained staff members supported by volunteers. We provide as much one to one support as possible. We do this because many of the people attending these groups have been greatly affected by their dementia, including the carers.

The Sporting Memories groups are led solely by volunteers. Many carers participate in delivering the sessions. We enable peer support, as well supporting carers with their individual needs.

The groups provide carers with much needed respite so that they can focus on themselves. Many carers become volunteers, because they value the work that we do.

Dementia profoundly affects the health and well-being of the person experiencing it, and their carer. Many people become isolated and finding support becomes difficult. We often see carers neglecting themselves because of the pressures of their role; this has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

We know from feedback that we are achieving significant outcomes for the participants. This includes: that attendees are less lonely, feel better supported and are better able to cope with their lives and dementia because of Pramas group support.

Here is some feedback from participants that attend PramaLife's Memory Lane groups:

"Although I used to take my Mother-in-Law to a number of activities through various organisations, PramaLife were always at the forefront in offering assistance, they were the only organisation who telephoned, or doorstep visited me on a weekly basis throughout the lockdown and were the first to contact me when matters eased."

"They are simply superb; my Mother In-Law and others are uplifted on every occasion we and they attend their functions and Memory Classes. They enter the room, sometime morose, lonely and thinking they have forgotten everything and invariably leave in high spirits. This is due not only to the friendliness and professionalism of the staff and volunteers, but also the careful planning and presentations of past music, songs, films, photographs and so, so much more - all designed to draw from them memories they thought they had forgotten, restoring a measure of self-confidence often so lacking."

"My Mother-in-Law is often in low spirits despite the efforts of my wife and myself, but when I say to her We are going to PramaLife today she somehow remembers, smiles, becomes animated and quite honesty cannot get out of her little flat fast enough. Thanks to PramaLife."

Your support will enable us to:

Continue delivering our network of groups for 100+ people with dementia and their carers on a weekly basis.

Support people in between meetings with problems they are experiencing in their lives. For example, helping them with adaptations to their homes and/or support for carers who are struggling with their roles, such as applying for benefits or social care support.

Attract more participants to our groups. For example, we are currently working with the Defence Medical Welfare Service and the Veterans Hub in supporting carers from the armed forces community.

Add to the quality of our activities. e.g., We are exploring the use of Virtual Reality and we are working with partners, so we can access a greater range of reminiscence materials.

Recruit more volunteers and develop all our skills, to deliver better services.

For more information on our clubs, groups and activities, please visit our website.

About the charity


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RCN 1172716
Our aim is to help older people in Dorset to create links with the local community through our range of community services including pop-in, special interest and dementia clubs. We support and enable people to maintain their dignity and choose how they live as they age.

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