The DEEDS team were in Ulster University for two days last week training the first year nurses before they went out on their placement.
“What will you bring from the Dementia Education Programme Tier 1” asked Dr Deirdre Harkin of her students. Deirdre is a lecturer in Adult Nursing in the School of Nursing and Paramedic Science.
The students were led through an immersive experiential session learning how the five senses can impact on dementia. 330 students and 3 DEEDS volunteers were trained and learned to walk in the shoes of someone living with dementia. Out of one group 89% strongly agreed that the training met their expectation. 93% agreed that the experiential exercises increased empathy and understanding of dementia. 89% felt confident to put this learning into action. “Course was fantastic” wrote one nurse.
“Opened my eyes” wrote another. “Absolutely loved this training” and “Such passion in the volunteers/Staff” were two other comments in the evaluations.
” We really welcome this partnership we have with Ulster University” said Sinead Devine Deeds Co-ordinator . “Everything we do in DEEDS helps us to take one more step towards a dementia friendly region for Derry and Strabane. Training the nurses in Tier 1 is certainly helping us to achieve this as these young nurses represent the future support for those with dementia in our hospital and community care settings”.
A big thank you to Dr Deirdre Harkin and Aoife Conway at Ulster University for all the support on the day to help make the training such a success. And also to our amazing volunteers – we couldn’t do this without you!
Highly acclaimed mental health & resilience programme
Science of the Amber Approach
Each programme is based on the AMBER resilience and wellbeing approcah, a comprehensive evidence based curriculum that underpins all activity and learning outcomes. It is based on the latest evidence based research from the fields of neuroscience, psychology and social science and is currently being delivered to local families and children.
This weeks session ‘M’ of the AMBER approach introduced the kids to MOVE! Learning and understanding we all need to move to help unblock stuck energy and calm excess hyper energy!
The children really are enjoying it & the parents feedback is amazing
We would like to thank Dessie Lynch from Fairytale Wedding Cars Derry for his very kind and generous donation of £1,000.00 towards our DEEDS project. Dessie made the presentation to Sabrina Lynch and Sinead Devine from OLT alongside presentations to Foyle Down Syndrome Trust, Foyle Hospice and Foyle Search and Rescue who also received £1,000.00 for each organisation.
Thank you so much Dessie and all at Fairy tale Wedding Cars Derry. your donation will be put to great use supporting local people and their families experiencing dementia in their lives.
Yesterday DEEDS hosted 77 members living with dementia and their families for a St Patrick’s Celebration with amazing entertainment from the wonderful Mickey Doherty. The event kicked off with our marvelous Mellow DEEDS Choir led by Anna Nolan accompanied by James Anderson on the guitar. Everyone joined in for their rendition of “The Wild Rover!”
Mickey asked Mellow DEEDS member Willy Barrett to entertain us with a couple of songs. His rendition of Town I Loved So Well had us all moved. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Husband Barry is serenaded by wife Sylvia celebrating 52 years of marriage.
Fun was had by all – Gerard enjoying the moment
John and mum Mary enjoying a cuppa and sandwich together
Do the Huckle Buck!
Thank you to all our volunteers for helping to make this such a fantastic event!
Support Worker Wendy thanking the fabulous Marie who volunteers with DEEDS.
We took our Step Forward Dander Ball Team over to the Foyle Arena to play against other people living across the city and district presenting with one or more of a combination of long term conditions.
They all played a few mixed group matches. This was a great way to get both groups introduced to each other, to share experiences, talk about solutions and options to manage their condition, socialise and have a bit of craic!
There was some great football played by all teams and a couple of red cards handed out too. The Referee was obviously inexperienced! lol
A Big thanks to Ron McGowan, Rosie O’brien & Sean Hargan for being great hosts. Over to our Pitch Next time 😉
Local parents were more disappointed than the kids to finish up taking part in what we called the AMBER club. All have expressed how beneficial and impactful it has been, in regards their child’s ability to now manage big emotions, self regulate and being instrumental in continuing to develop resilience and awareness of mental health.
Here’s a little snapshot of some of the wonderful moments captured and activities they took part in over the last couple months