NEWSLETTER 1

Hello Everyone,

We hope you are all keeping well and safe during these challenging times. As you are aware, we cannot hold the Alcester Café in its usual state at the moment but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t thinking about you all. We know this is a very difficult time for many of you in different ways. We miss you and hope you are able at least to enjoy the lovely spring sunshine that we have been fortunate enough to have this year.

We used Zoom technology to have an Alcester Café committee meeting today where 7 of us met virtually. It was good to see each other and see how everyone’s hair was growing! We want to try and help in any way we can and so have planned a couple of things to keep in touch with you over the next weeks. 

Starting next Tuesday, 19th May, there will be the chance for a Zoom Carers’ group hosted by Chris. He will be in touch very shortly regarding this. It is planned that the Carers’ Group will meet via Zoom on the 1st Friday and 3rd Tuesday of each month as it usually does for those of you who would like to and are able to join.

Carole has already started regular KIT meetings via Zoom (for people whose loved ones are in long term care or who have died) which I know quite a few of you are enjoying.

There will also be a fortnightly email coming to you from either myself or Cath as a way to keep in touch with you all and to share some ideas of things which might be available for you to watch or do. Our website will be updated with any links to ideas which are in the newsletters just in case you want to find something again and misplace the email. The website address is www.alcesterdementiacafe.org

Some ideas for you:

Many of you will remember Emma who comes to the café to do Embody Dance. She and her husband James are hosting an online 10 minute exercise class every morning from 9.00-910am. It is free, called Wake up & Dance and is aimed at children before they start their home schooling. However it is fun and she is so engaging that it’s entertaining to see and hear and you can always join in some of the moves from sitting in a chair. It is available on Facebook live at Embody Dance Company. I have added the link to the VE day recording to give you a taste of what it is like. https://www.facebook.com/EmbodyDanceCompany/videos/571973106774519/

If you fancy a bit of singing, here is the link to a video to learn and then join in with Somewhere over the Rainbow. https://youtu.be/E1wEPwWbcYM

If you’d like to make some music, there is a video link to a Love Music Lock Down session. Love Music is a music session which is normally run in Bromsgrove for people with dementia and their carers. Here is the link to the first session which is drumming. https://youtu.be/GOE89hk_xFs

Here is a poem I was sent by a friend of mine.

I wandered lonely as a cloud
Two metres from the madding crowd
When all at once my name was called
To enter Waitrose hallowed hall.

This was the pensioners’ special hour.
I’d gone to get a bag of flour.
But I forgot, when through the door,
What I had gone to Waitrose for.

The Waitrose staff are extra kind,
I told them it had slipped my mind.
They asked what else I had forgot
They clearly thought I’d lost the plot.

I phoned my wife again to ask.
She reminded me of this special task:
“I need some flour to bake a cake
with all that cream you made me take.”

“Ah yes I recall” I had to lie.
I dared not ask what flower to buy
But then I saw them next the tills
a bunch of golden daffodils!

Anon

Take care everyone and we’ll be in touch again soon.

Love from us all at the Alcester Café.

Kirsty.