Happy Timers

We offer a monthly luncheon club for people living with dementia and their carers in Tyldesley, Leigh, Ashton and Shevington. Our main focus is to reduce social isolation and to provide sessions that are set in a welcoming environment. A place where people can come and share a meal enjoy live entertainment, socialise and share problems and help each other in a similar situation. Our long term goal is to be a leading CIC delivering quality events building links with local partners and affiliated groups and to work in conjunction with Wigan Council to deliver its core objectives around health and well-being.

Updated:
10 October 2017
Location:
North West
Sectors:
Community organisations, Local Authorities, Local DAA Members, Voluntary
Local Alliances:
Wigan 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?

Our mission is to offer people living with dementia an opportunity to meet others  who share similar life experiences, and to enable families to achieve a better quality of life.

To provide weekly/monthly sessions to include live  musical entertainment, singing, table top games, gentle exercise, sensory,reminscence, quizzes and bingo. Carers have told us that they miss doing things as a couple and very often friends fall by the wayside finding it difficult to deal with dementia related illness. We want to create groups that reduce social isolation and that are accessible and welcoming to all. 

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

Our  main challenge is the lack of funding available, that is needed for the groups to be sustainable and ensure longevity. 

We would also like to work in care homes and deliver sessions for people that are not able to travel to our venues. Trying to deliver our reminscence sessions to care homes is proving a challenge not all willing to try even when offered a taster session. Also, would like to reach other people who are isolated who may benefit from our sessions.

Need to recruit more volunteers.

2. Actions

  • Memory Boxes

    We plan to create six memory boxes that can be used at our sessions to help with reminiscence.  We will also loan these to other dementia groups in the area, so that others can benefit too.  The boxes will be themed:

    School days / holiday memories/ wash day blues/ musicals /Easter /Make Do and Mend 

    We plan to have these available by March 2018.

    Status:
    Planning

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New member 

  • Dementia Friends

    We plan to invite all our volunteers to become Dementia Friends, and to then promote dementia awareness in the community. 

    They will do this by assisting us gaining new members for our groups; by  going to other community venues and other dementia groups with our leaflets, and telling people about our sessions. 

    Also going into sheltered accommodation and residential homes with details about our sessions. To commence marketing October 2017 to April 2018.

    We also plan to do fundraising April 2018  and throughout the year. We are planning an afternoon tea event and a social evening to raise much needed funds.  All our volunteers will help us organise and facilitate these.

    Status:
    Planning

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    New Member

  • "Magical Memories" sessions throughout the borough of Wigan

    We aim to deliver four 'Magical Memories' sessions per month in Tyldesley, Ashton, Shevington and Leigh, for people living with dementia and their carers.  We will provide lunch and refreshments and entertainment. 

    We plan to explore funding opportunities and apply for bids to ensure sustainability of all our existing groups. To commence October 2017 throughout 2018.

    We plan to start a new group in  Lowton; hopefully to commence in November 2017.  We have chosen this area as it is an area that is not offering dementia friendly sessions. We will start to market in October 2017, and visit residential homes and community venues prior to launch in November. 

    Status:
    Delivery

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    new member

    2017 - First Quarter Update

    new member