Congratulations to team member Rachael Roberts who was nominated for a Social Care Wales Accolades 2022 under the category of “Caring in Welsh”. Rachael was nominated for her fantastic effort in learning Welsh and having the confidence to teach her Keep Agile classes bilingually. She made the shortlist and although she didn’t come first- she’s a winner in our eyes!
We had our first gardening session of 2022 at Dwyfor’s community garden on Tuesday 26th of April. It was great to have an intergenerational session with Active Dementia crew and pupils at Ysgol Glan y Môr. Everyone worked hard to get the garden organized. Have a look at the photos.
This is a Club which brings sports fans together for the opportunity to talk and reminisce about all kinds of sports. The session will include discussions around specific sports topics; quizzes, Sport the Ball competitions and the odd game of Boccia or New Age Curling.
The club is on every other Thursday at Tafarn yr Heliwr, Nefyn, 2:00-3:30pm.
Sporting Memories Club (pdf)
Our instructor, Rachael, and two members from our class in Tywyn have made it to the front page of the latest edition of DEEP’s newsletter. Look at their smiles
Dementia Actif Gwynedd are launching new sessions aimed at bringing older people together in the community to help improve health and wellbeing. The sessions are open to anyone who’d like the opportunity to take part in gentle exercise and enjoy time to socialise over a cuppa. All abilities welcome and the sessions cater for people effected with dementia and other health conditions. Sessions cost £2 and include a cuppa.
Here’s what’s on offer:-
Heini Llŷn - Keep Agile Class every Friday, 11:00-12:30 at the Community Centre in Sarn Meyllteyrn.(pdf) This class is already up and running.
Heini Bro Ffestiniog - Keep Agile Class every Friday 11:00-12:30 at the Community Centre in Blaenau Ffestiniog. (jpg) Start Friday 4th March 2022.
Both these classes include gentle exercise to help improve strength, balance and stamina. The exercises can be done seated or standing and the instructor will tailor the exercises to suit your ability depending on mobility, injuries or other health conditions.
The Nefyn Sporting Memories Club will be held every other Thursday, 2:00-3:30 at Yr Heliwr pub.
This is a Club which brings sports fans together for the opportunity to talk and reminisce about all kinds of sports. The session will include discussions around specific sports topics; quizzes, Sport the Ball competitions and the odd game of Boccia or New Age Curling. The Club will be launched on Thursday 10th March 2:00pm with local celebrities joining in the fun and providing some entertainment!
A new class has started in Sarn Mellteyrn for older adults who want to keep fit and socialize.
Heini Llŷn’s purpose is to bring together older people living in rural areas for physical and social activities. The sessions are open to anyone who would like to improve strength, balance and stamina, or may want to try moving to simple indoor music or sports. An important aspect is the opportunity to socialize, have fun and support one another and each session ends with a cuppa, biscuit and the chance for a chat!
Class is on at Sarn Village Hall every Friday from 11:00 - 12:30, at a cost of £ 2.00 which includes tea.
Following senior advice, from Monday 31st January 2022 we are pleased to inform you that we will be able to welcome you back to Dementia Actif Gwynedd’s Keep Agile classes. (The Barmouth class will re-start on Wednesday 09/02/2022)
To help ensure that you and your fellow class members feel safe and protected, it is essential that you agree to abide by the following instructions when you attend the class:-
What you have to do:-
Thank you so much for your co-operation.
If you wish to have a chat about any of the above please contact me:- Emma 07768988095
We can’t wait to see you all !
In view of the latest COVID situation, and the apparent rapid transmission of the Omicron variant- we have decided to postpone recommencing our face to face classes until the week commencing 24th January 2022. We will review the situation over the coming weeks and if anything changes we will let you know.
We are sure that many of you will be disappointed with this decision, but the safety and wellbeing of all our members are of utmost importance to us.
We will still be running online classes every Monday at 2pm and Thursday at 11:00am. These session recommence Thursday 6th January 2022. If you want further information about joining these classes please contact Emma 07768988095 email email@example.com
In the meantime, keep active! Why not join our recorded classes.
The Dementia Actif Team wish you all a very Happy New Year and we look forwards to seeing you soon!
Gwynedd’s Dementia Actif team have recently had the privilege of contributing to a new website which has just been launched for and by people with dementia and carers.
The Living with Dementia Toolkit website, produced by the University of Exeter and Innovations in Dementia, is full of ideas, tips and films to give people hope to live with dementia.
Dementia Actif Gwynedd are featured in the ‘Stay Active’ section with co-ordinator Emma Quaeck presenting an introduction and participating with team members Clare Harris & Lia Roberts in a film which talks about the work they do.
There are five themes which contribute to living a good life with dementia according to research findings and what people affected by dementia say, which are:
Emma Quaeck, Manager of Dementia Actif Gwynedd, said: “It has been an honour to share the work that we do here in Gwynedd as part of a valuable toolkit to support people to live a good life with a diagnosis of dementia.
“We created a short film of the three of us have a post exercise class meeting to discuss what we do and were able contribute in Welsh, the film has subtitles.”
“We really hope that this contribution can help people affected by dementia think positively about the benefits of staying active.”
For more information, visit the Living with Dementia Toolkit website:
More information about the support:-
To celebrate National Boccia Day on 27/09/21, the Dementia Actif Gwynedd team organised a ‘Boccia is Back’ Competition. Unable to bring teams together to compete because of COVID restrictions, they created a target competition where players took part at their venue or care home and sent in their scores. 8 teams represented Gwynedd Council residential homes, with a total of 27 players taking part and the community classes saw a total of 24 teams and 65 players joining in.
The winners of the residential homes competition were Team Garn from Plas Hafan and the Community competition was won by Pwllheli Rollers from the Dwyfor Dementia Actif group.
Pictures of everyone having fun:-
This short video shows the enjoyment had by all:-
On the 27th September, 30 pupils from Ysgol Pont y Gof joined our Keep Agile Online Class. At the end of the session we had the privilege of listening to the pupils singing to us. Dementia Actif members were delighted to see the children taking part and hoped they would join us again. The pupils were aged between 4 and 7 years.
National Boccia Day was established in 2016 and is held annually every year on 27th September. The aim of National Boccia Day is to celebrate the sport for those who are already involved in boccia as well as to raise the awareness of the sport across the country. The theme this year is “Boccia is Back”! to celebrate the transition from the virtual world back into the physical world of Boccia after the COVID pandemic.
Dementia Actif will be running a competition with the groups throughout the week.
Photos from 2018/2019 - (pdf)
Dementia Actif Gwynedd support, work with and provide services for those living with Dementia in Gwynedd. From providing sporting opportunities and fitness classes, to support networks and training, Dementia Actif Gwynedd work hard to support the community to understand and suppport those living with dementia.
English version coming soon…
Mae Dementia Actif Gwynedd wedi darparu sesiynau Gwybodaeth Cyfeillion Dementia Cymdeithas Alzheimer ar-lein i 100+ aelodau staff Byw’n Iach. Y nod yw sicrhau bod yr holl staff yn dod yn Gyfeillion Dementia fel pan fydd canolfannau Byw’n Iach yn ail-agor byddant yn gweithio tuag at ddod yn gyfleusterau Dementia gyfeillgar. Mae llawer o bobl wedi colli eu hyder yn ystod y pandemig ac maent yn bryderus am ddychwelyd i wneud gweithgareddau, felly mae’r fenter yma’n amserol a bydd yn helpu i gefnogi ac annog cwsmeriaid.