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Mayo’s Community Social Computing - Rotherham

We run social computing classes for all include general computer skills, emails shopping social media as well as enhancing knowledge about digital design, cards, posters, digital family albums, memory books and much more. We run classes at Broom Lane Methodist church offering one to one tuition.

27 October 2016
Yorkshire and Humber
Communication, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Rotherham Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We understand that dementia affects a great many people and their families.  People in the early stages of dementia would benefit from joining a social computing group this would possibly help maintain and strengthen their cognitive skills.  By helping and encouraging a person to gain new skills e.g. by using social media, to keep in touch with family and friends.  This may create a sense of wellbeing, not just for them but for their families too.                                                                                       For carers who may become increasingly pushed for time, new skills such as internet shopping could be useful to both the carer and the person they are caring for.  By helping them to become digitally aware, they will become included in today’s technology rich world.

 Reminiscence work is very valuable for a person with dementia due to the nature of the condition, by finding the following:-

  • Photographs - by showing familiar pictures such as family, friends, and places.  Also recording their reaction will possibly enable the creation of a memory book for them and their love ones.
  • Music - can often be helpful and can offer stimulation and comfort again creating a sense of wellbeing.  This with the above will help create their story for ever.

Voice recording – by recording and fully transcribing a person’s conversation, we will be able to create a timeline of the person.  By encapsulating the family’s memories we can create a richer, and fuller story of that person.

 Whilst engaging with a person with dementia, and by creating a family book, engaging with them and their family will hopefully help build a sense of wellbeing and comfort.


2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

It is a challenge to find the right in roads to ensure that people know about our work and open up the possible benefits to families living with dementia

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2. Actions

  • Dementia Awareness /Dementia Friends

    Gain more dementia knowledge and register as a dementia friend – attending a dementia awareness session as soon as possible.
  • Creativity - Reminincence

    Find ways to develop the work we do to actively look at more and more benefits for families living with dementia and promote what is available to as many people as possible.

  • Networking

    Use appropriate organisation to help get the information of what is available to people with dementia and their families.

    Engage with organisations to share the range of reminiscence photographs to give enjoyment to as many people as we can.