Daps and Dandies

The Dementia Advocacy Peer Support Group (DAPS) are all living with a diagnosis of dementia - this group is facilitated by advocacy staff at the Beth Johnson Foundation. Dandelion CiC aims to create welcoming spaces for local younger (18+) people to share knowledge, exercise their creativity and build a community together. Hence, Daps and Dandies!  We worked together to design a project that could showcase local knowledge and experience and show that even though we may not meet or speak as we share these spaces, we who live in the six towns have many things in common. After having a virtual afternoon tea together the groups set out with a disposable camera and postcards to take photos of important things and places to them. What was created was the following beautiful photos around Stoke-on-Trent: www.dandelioncic.org ... Read more

A New Guide: Bereavement in the time of Covid-19

A new guide for voluntary organisations who are supporting people who have been bereaved during COVID-19 has been launched by the Campaign to End Loneliness. ‘Bereavement in the time of Covid-19’ includes a range of practical suggestions helping people through their bereavement journey during a pandemic. The report includes a piece about the BJF Bereavement Friendship Groups, highlighting the support being offered by staff and volunteers on this project. Here is the full report:  Bereavement in the time of Covid-19 ... Read more

Volunteer Star Award !

BJF are thrilled to share with you, Jon, our Tech Buddy volunteer with our Healthy Generations project, has been awarded the Volunteer Star Award in the following section:  Volunteer Support for the over 65's - Newcastle-under-Lyme The event was shown live over YouTube and can be seen via this link around the 30-minute point. This was a great surprise for Jon, and well deserved!  ... Read more

Digital Awards Success!!

The first ever Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Digital Champion Awards 2021, results with Wavemaker were announced last week. We were thrilled to know that our project, Healthy Generations and their volunteers had won 'Digital Champion in the Community' Highly Commended! What a great reward for the hard work the team and volunteers have put in during the last year, socially connecting those who needed us with daily Zoom sessions around Health & well-being, Poetry, Art, Music and much more. If you would ... Read more

Research & Influence -Current Issues

This new space has been introduced on our website so that staff and volunteers can capture and share contemporary issues facing older people. Everyone at BJF are encouraged to write about topics that they feel are important to themselves but also will inform our practice and our direction as the charity moves forward. Read here   ... Read more

Infographic May 2021

As we move on the icons are changing on our monthly infographic of how we are helping people during the difficult year, showing client visits as well as virtual meetings and workshops etc. Find out more https://bit.ly/2YJ9Lab. We couldn't do this without our wonderful volunteers! #VolunteersWeek2021 ... Read more

The Pros and Cons of living with dementia during COVID-19

We are really excited to show a *sneak preview* of the project the The Beth Johnson Foundation are currently developing. This project is around looking at the; "Pros and Cons of living with dementia during COVID." We have produced seven short films showing members voicing their feelings and how they have managed using diverse coping strategies ... Read more

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

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