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FAQs

Your Enquiries Answered

If I make a donation, can I decide what my money is used for?

All donations are used to support work for Dementia Matters in Powys.  If you want your donation to go towards a specific area or Meeting Centre, then please let us know.

How is Dementia Matters in Powys different than other Powys area charities?

Beneficiaries are at the heart of the service. Activities are developed around our members interests and needs, to ensure they are both fun to attend and provide the support and information people want. Meeting Centres provide an accessible, relaxed, friendly, non-judgemental, informative and respectful space, where individuals living with Dementia, their family members and Carers are supported to understand and adjust to the changes of memory loss.

How can I volunteer?

Contact us if you are interested to find out more about volunteering in the many and varied roles. Volunteers receive training and opportunities to support those living with Dementia and their Carers. Volunteers not only
learn skills, but benefit from being able to help others, using their lived experience and giving back to the community

How can I find out what it’s like to live with dementia? 

Meeting up and sharing experiences with peers is invaluable through DMiP's Meeting Centres. 

Check out the online Dementia Diaries website which gives a voice to people with dementia through more than three thousand audio and video diaries. It is run by Innovations in Dementia. 

Dementia Diaries brings together the many different experiences of living with dementia.

Diarists want to change the way people think about dementia, and about people with dementia.

The diaries inspire and inform people affected by dementia, and their wider communities and organisations.

Diaries can be used publicly in awareness raising and by researchers looking for insight into the lived experience of dementia.

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"I'm Frances...

and I like doing the Dementia Diaries because it gives me a chance to talk about everyday things and people in my new life with dementia.”

Where can I get more information and support?

AGE CYMRU WALES

Provides information, advice, advocacy and a toe-nail cutting service for people living in Powys.

Llandrindod Wells: Telephone 01597 825908 Email enquiries@acpowys.org.uk

Julie Kearon – Advocate, South Powys 07943 186664

Newtown: Telephone 01686 623707 Email support@acpowys.org.uk

John Curtis – Advocate, North Powys 07944 996720

 

ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

Provides support specifically for people with dementia and their carers. Services include information, advice, befriending and advocacy. They have local offices in Talgarth: 

Telephone: 01874 712059

 

CARE AND REPAIR https://www.crpowys.co.uk

Provides home adaption or repair work for older or disabled people – available for homeowners or private tenants.

Telephone 01686 620760 Email enquiries@crpowys.co.uk

 

CARERS WALES https://www.carersuk.org/wales

Carers assessment, advice and support.

Telephone: 0800 808 7777

 

COMMUNITY TRANSPORT IN POWYS https://www.pavo.org.uk/help-for-people/community-transport.html

Find the community transport options close to where you live.

 

CREDU IN POWYS https://www.carers.cymru/

Provides free, confidential information, advice (including benefits) and advocacy to carers of all ages. Runs support groups and provides an opportunity to have your voice heard. This service is based in Llandrindod Wells.

Phone Line is open Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm. 01597 823800      Email info@credu.cymru

 

DEEP https://www.dementiavoices.org.uk/
DEEP stands for the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project – it is the UK network of dementia voices. DEEP consists of around 80 groups of people with dementia – groups that want to change things.
 

DISABILITY POWYS http://disabilitypowys.org.uk/

Help with completion of attendance allowance forms, blue badge, radar keys.

Telephone 01597 824059

 

FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE

Gives free advice specific to people living with dementia and provides free smoke alarms and other equipment. The service is carried out by firefighters who are Dementia Friends.

Telephone 0800 169 1234 / 01792 705000 to arrange a visit.

 

HAFAL CROSSROADS CARE MID & WEST WALES https://www.hafal.org/crossroads

Main work in Powys is domiciliary care services in individuals’ own homes, as well as respite services for unpaid carers. Referral by self or other agency. The mid Wales office is based in Llandrindod Wells.

Contact sophie.williams@hafal.org or on 01874 610346

 

HAYDAY CREATIVE CAFE https://haydaycusop.wixsite.com/hayday

A dementia friendly meeting place at Clyro Village Hall (near Hay-on-Wye) on the last Wednesday of each month at 12.30-3pm with a light lunch and a creative atmosphere.

Contact haydaycusop@gmail.com or Sue Hodgetts on 01497 822523. 

 

MIND https://www.mind.org.uk/

BRECON AND DISTRICT MIND

Based in Brecon with outreach centres in Hay, Talgarth & Crickhowell. Supports mental well-being, recovery and learning. Provides information and advice and offers a range of supported creative activities, counselling and complimentary therapy services. All staff are Dementia Friends.

Telephone 01874 611529 Email info@breconmind.org.uk

MID AND NORTH POWYS MIND

Mid and North Powys Mind has a Wellbeing Centre based in Llandrindod Wells, as well as running 2 rural community groups in Builth Wells and Knighton. Supporting people all through Radnorshire, North Brecknock and Montgomeryshire. We promote recovery for people experiencing mental ill health, supporting and encouraging people to live independent, improved and healthy lives.

Telephone 01597 824411 Email: admin@mnpmind.org.uk

YSTRADGYNLAIS MIND

Ystradgynlais Mind works to improve the life of people affected by mental distress - this includes the people themselves, as well as carers, family, friends and supporters - based on the 'Wellbeing' framework. We are a Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Centre, providing information, support, and a range of services, in South Powys and the surrounding Western Valleys.

Telephone 01639 841345 Email info@minditv.org.uk

 

POWYS BEFRIENDERS SERVICE: https://www.pavo.org.uk/help-for-people/befriending.html

Powys Befrienders Services Outreach Officers support people over 50 who are isolated or lonely to maintain their independence and improve their social networks:

Telephone: 01597 822 191   

 

POWYS CITIZENS ADVICE https://www.powyscitizensadvice.org.uk/

Providing free, confidential, impartial and independent information and advice.

Offices are located in Newtown, Brecon & Ystradgynlais

Telephone 0345 6018421

 

RED CROSS

Offer ‘Home from hospital’ support as well as a wheelchair loan service.

Telephone 01874 610462 Email rdallen@redcross.org.uk

SHINE

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) is a type of dementia which is often misdiagnosed or overlooked. Shine (shinecharity.org.uk) provides support for people diagnosed with this condition. 

VOLUNTEER BUREAU

There are various Community Support and Volunteer Bureaus in Powys, covering between them, the whole of the County. Each organisation is an independent charity, run by voluntary trustee committees. They each employ professional staff and provide advice on relevant support services and recruit volunteers in the community. For example a Community Car scheme, Meals on Wheels and befriending service in the Crickhowell area and Senior’s Tea Club in Brecon.

Brecon: 01874 625393

Crickhowell: 01873 812177

Builth Wells: 01982 553004

Machynlleth: 01654 700071

Knighton & District: 01547 520653

Welshpool: 01938 554484

Rhayader: 01597 810921

Ystradgynlais: 01639 849192

How do I prevent slips and falls?

Many older people slip and fall with devastating and life-threatening results. What can be done to limit the chances of you or someone you care about falling and getting hurt?

This article from an American company, Brown & Crouppen in Kansas City tackles these important questions and others in this useful slip-and-fall guide for the elderly.

More advice and brochures on preventing falls from the STEADI Initiative. 

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