Advocacy National Awards

Laura Higgins, Dementia Advocacy project, Patsy Corcoran, Volunteer Development Manager, and Sue Read, CEO, enjoyed a lovely, jolly evening at the National Advocacy awards on Thursday 12th May, in Birmingham. The Dementia Advocacy project at BJF was shortlisted for the Outstanding Service category, but sadly did not win. Whilst disappointing, it was indeed an honour to be shortlisted at these prestigious awards, especially the first time we had nominated ourselves, and we made many useful connections on the night itself. The judging panel said they were  ‘...impressed with the impact of this service through working with other community groups, Universities, through direct advocacy , training and their group work, but above all through making connections.’. This category was won by Connected Voice (Safeguarding). ... Read more

Learning to live with, and without, dementia: Two personal perspectives

Receiving the news of any life threatening or potentially life limiting condition is likely to impact hugely on individuals, family and friends. A diagnosis of cancer, heart disease, or other serious ill health such as dementia, can be devastating and life changing. This paper catalogues the journeys of two people diagnosed with dementia and explores the impact and uncertainty of two people diagnosed with dementia, only to be informed several years later that they did not have dementia at all. A truly roller coaster ride of emotions indeed. Written by BJF staff, with a conclusion from Ted Bowman, Trainer, Writer, and Educator, ... Read more

Funders welcomed to Parkfield House

Three RJS Foundation members from RJS Solicitors visited the Beth Johnson Foundation for the first time on the 19th October to talk with members of the Team. RJS have kindly donated a sum of money to help us to update our large meeting room to ensure it is more accessible for older people with sensory, physical and/or cognitive impairments.  The grant has enabled us to purchase a hearing loop and (following consultation with our clients) to update and pilot our internal signage with appropriate use of colour and incorporating images to ensure clearer messaging. Internal doors have been painted in bolder, contrasting colours to ensure that people with visual impairments can distinguish them better.  ... 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

Dementia Research Study

Are you a carer of a family member or friend with dementia?  If you are 18 or older, are currently a carer of a family member or friend who has dementia and did so through the Covid-19 pandemic, you are invited to take part in a research study being conducted within Staffordshire University and University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) Psychology department.  ... Read more

There's No Bus Map for Dementia

Members of the Beth Johnson Foundation Dementia Advocacy Peer Support Group were asked to develop a ‘Comic’ about living well with Dementia with Manchester University, funded by Arts Council England. The ‘Comic’ is due to be launched in June at Manchester University. ... Read more

Ageing Well-Creating an Age Friendly UK

Director of Policy and Engagement here at BJF, Lynne Wealleans, was recently interviewed by Elder, providers of high standard live-in home care to those in need across the UK, from the South East of England to the Highlands and Islands.The discussion covered the need to give people a voice in challenging times, how “ageing well” is a personal definition and the power of making a real difference at a community level. ... Read more

Enabling People with Dementia to Remain at Home

Today the Housing LIN (Learning and Information Network) publishes its report on the key role housing providers, and in particular social housing providers, can play in supporting people living with dementia to stay independent in the home of their choice for as long as possible. To read the full report click Here ... Read more

BJF Dementia Advocacy New Blog!

BJF Dementia Advocacy team have a new blog, for Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire, which provides information on our Advocacy project and the Peer Advocacy Support Group. A VOICE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA. Take a look and please share on your networks. ... Read more

Pre-paid funeral?

 I am sure there are many people who have arranged a pre-paid funeral to ease the burden for their family during the distressful time when a loved one dies. As an advocate I would support an individual if they are estranged from their family.  ... Read more

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