Great news for Minehead, just been on a massive recruit drive. 16 out of the 25 shops/businesses I visited said yes right away so I left them with a poster and my email. 2 shops said no outright but I think one of them could be convinced. 3 said to write to head office. 4 said to come back when the manager is in. So keep an eye out for purple angel stickers in Minehead in these stores soon:
Cancer Research UK
British Heart Foundation
British Red Cross
Coop & Post office
Holland & Barrett
Cats Protection League
Independent Living South West
While I was out raising awareness I was made aware of a scheme being run down here by the local shop radio, which I need to do some research into but it sounds amazing. All the shops involved have one person who is CRB checked and is a designated person for anyone with a disability, anyone who is lost or confused to approach for help. The shops will have stickers and the person will have a badge. The Coop is the local safe haven for young people with learning disabilities, and have offered to be considered to be the same for any locals with dementia. So next plan is to get in touch with whoever is running this shop scheme and see if they can be convinced to incorporate the purple angel 😉
Before I attack Minehead I just thought I’d let you all know to keep an eye out for these shops that are dementia aware:
Home Instead East Peckham (Archers Park, Branbridges Rd, East Peckham, Kent)
Factory Shop (High Street, Headcorn, Kent TN27 9NE)
Dentist (6 Kings Road, Headcorn, Kent. TN27 9QU)
Post Office (photo) (28 High Street, Headcorn, Ashford, Kent, TN27 9NE)
Newsagents (45 High Street, Headcorn, ASHFORD, Kent, TN27 9NL)
Sainsburys (34 High St, Headcorn, Ashford, Kent TN27 9NE)
Heart of Kent charity shop (Heart of Kent Hospice, High Street, TN27 9NE)
Coffee Corner (High St, Headcorn)
Wards and Partners (photo) (35A High St, Headcorn)
Pharmacy (photo) (37 High St, Headcorn, Ashford)
A lovely poem by Norman McNamara
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them” -Walt Disney
So after the horrendous day yesterday I was keen to make things better today. Nan and I had a lovely morning interacting about the television. I popped off to work, had a phone call that there had been another letter from the bank. Asked nan to leave it on the table for me to sort when I got back. Got back and she had hidden the letter and called the bank.
Trouble was it was clearly dementia nan who had hidden the letter, dementia nan thinks I am stealing! And so dementia nan wasn’t talking to me when I got home. I went upstairs, screamed into a pillow and bashed my head on the floor.
Started making dinner and got nan involved, coercing nan to come back out and leave dementia nan behind. This led to a bit of an upsetting conversation. Nan told me she thinks its unfair that after everything else she has, that she has dementia. She asked if she would always be like this.
And I had to be honest. So I said yes, but that it wasn’t a problem, because that was the reason I became qualified in dementia care, the reason I research so much, the reason I blog, the reason I wanted to become a Purple Angel Ambassador so that I could help her and others live past it. She told me it wasn’t fair on me. I disagreed, it what’s I want to do. It has become my absolute passion and raising awareness and removing the stigma and perceptions of dementia (along with other mental illnesses) is the only thing I can see myself doing for the rest of my life. That I am grateful to her for letting me write and explore her dementia with her.
And yes Purple Angels, carers, carees and all you other lovely folk, we can make a difference. We can achieve what we want to because now is the time. We have all been brought together and we can have such a long lasting impact on the world. It will be hard, there will be bumps and walls and pits. But the time is right, I can feel it. And after all, I am the chosen one 😉 (Thanks Twitter)
Then after all this I took part in Google Hangout, which I am tempted to do more of, let me know if you want a chat! The full conversation can be viewed here:
Unfortunately there were technical difficulties so I could not join until 10 minutes in, and I was left feeling very lonely as a few others were left out from the chat but I overcame my stage fright and managed to chip in!
Thankyou once again all of you for reading and sharing. I don’t think I say enough how much every view means to me, that the word is slowly spreading and people may be learning more about the truth of dementia
Much love to all xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
So pretty exciting news all round!
I am chuffed to announce that along with 50 others worldwide I have been select to become a Purple Angel ambassador, thus helping me continue to raise awareness of dementia and its effects. I will be completely honoured to meet Norman, who has been such a fantastic pioneer of dementia awareness and who writes amazingly honest posts about his own experiences with dementia here: http://tdaa.co.uk/norms-pages/
Norman also had some other fantastic news for us which can be read in full here: http://tdaa.co.uk/free-gps-re-dementia/ The majority of cost for a tracking device for a patient with dementia who may be prone to wandering will be paid by the council. the caree, or loved ones simply pay the monthly upkeep cost (very much like a mobile phone bill). You may remember a while ago I wrote about a tracking device I had been able to sample and the benefits of such a device. It really is brilliant news that thanks to Norman and his hard work, more people will be able to breath easy, knowing their loved one could easily be found if needs be. Lets hope that with the work of our worldwide angels, this will become a global scheme.