Dementia Enquirers

The Peer support group facilitated by the Beth Johnson Foundation, Dementia Advocacy Project, was successful in its application for a small amount of funding from Innovations in Dementia. We had to put forward a question and ours was “Does class intellect or ethnicity have a bearing on the dementia pathway”  The project started pre COVID-19, therefore some of the methods we intended using were altered. However, the most important aspect of it being that it was led and managed by people living with dementia. A report followed and we are delighted with the outcome and hope to expand on the report in the near future. ... Read more

Collected Stories: Living with Multiple Slerosis

BJF would like to share with you a new, short booklet that contains stories of people’s personal experiences of living with multiple sclerosis. The booklet has been recently launched as part of MS week. Originating from St. Giles Hospice in Lichfield, the book introduces members of an exercise class for people with MS, who participated in a research study. The research, led by the hospice CEO, Dr Emma Hodges, in conjunction with Emerita Professor Sue Read (CEO, Beth Johnson Foundation) and Dr Sotirios Santatzoglou, Keele University, led to the book because of the powerful stories that people shared of their experiences.   ... Read more

New Project - Carer Support

The Beth Johnson Foundation is delighted to be a partner to the new Stoke-on-Trent (SOT) All Age Carers Service led by North Staffs Carers. This valuable service provides a single point of access for Carers of all ages and ensures that Carers have access to a wide range of support services, information, advice and guidance. The service brings together a range of partners to provide holistic support; enabling Carers to feel better supported so they are able to make informed choices about their caring role and own health and wellbeing. ... Read more

Staffordshire High Sheriff’s Award Ceremony

We were honoured last week to be invited to the Staffordshire High Sheriff’s Award Ceremony for our work here at the BJF. The event was lovely, and we were one of just six amazing charities to attend from across the county including: Haregate Community Centre Rockspur House and Milestonez UK Burton Albion Community Trust Burntwood Be a friend & Spark, Burntwood Asist On behalf of our staff, volunteers, Trustees and of course our clients, thank you to Charles Bagot-Jewitt and The Community Foundation for Staffordshire, for all their support during 2020. ... Read more

Our Memory Wall

Thank you to all the people of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire who contributed to our Memory Wall for the National Day of Reflection on 23rd March 2021. Thank you also to our partners, Marie Curie, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Asist Advocacy Service. The Memory Wall has now closed, if you have contributed a memorial, we will send a copy for you to keep or to share with friends and family. If you have been affected by bereavement and need help or support, please contact our Bereavement Help Points service. You can find out more here  Thank You! ... Read more

BJF Newsletter 2021

Our Spring newsletter is now available and we hope that you find it interesting. In it we highlight our new Patron, how are projects are working hard in the difficult circumstance we find ourselves in and how we are collaborating with ... Read more

Welcome to our first Patron

Here at  BJF we are delighted to announce that we have our first Patron joining us in March. Many of you will be familiar with Joan Walley, a well-known ex local counsellor who has lived in Stoke on Trent for all of her life. We all feel very privileged and proud that Joan ... Read more

Online Health, Wellbeing & Self-Management Workshops -Arthritis

Our Healthy Generations Team are working  in partnership with the Patient Information Education and Resource Centre (PIER) at Haywood Hospital.  From March 2021, FREE Zoom workshops about self-managing a range of conditions (including online resources) will be available for people aged 50+. ... Read more

Vera Ivers and our Foundation

We are saddened to hear about the death of our former CEO, Vera Ivers. One of the pioneers of Citizen Advocacy, publishing a book, Citizen Advocacy in action; Working with Older People: A Directory of People Interested in Intergenerational Approaches (2003).  Following this the need for Dementia Advocacy was identified, which began as a project at BJF in 1998 and remains one of our main projects today. Our condolences go to Vera’s family and we are proud that Vera was a part of our Foundation, which remains one of her legacies. ... Read more

Invite to Developing Intergenerational Communities

Intergenerational practice aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities, which promote greater understanding and respect between generations and contributes to building more cohesive communities. Intergenerational practice is inclusive, building on the positive resources that the young and old have to offer each other and those around them. (Beth Johnson Foundation, April 2001) ... Read more

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