Plaza Cinema; Next Dementia Friendly Film Screening – 24th May 2:00pm

On Thursday 24th May The Plaza will be featuring Elvis in ‘Blue Hawaii’, at the usual time of 2.00pm. Click here to see the poster for the event.

TITLE: Blue Hawaii (U)

LENGTH: 1 hour 42 mins.

CATEGORY: Comedy, musical

SCREEN PLAY: Alan Weiss, Hal Kanter

DIRECTOR: Norman Tuarog

STARRING: Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury and more …

STORYLINE: Chad Gates has just left the Army, and is happy to be back in Hawaii with his surf-board, his beach buddies, and his girlfriend. His father wants him to go to work at the Great Southern Hawaiian Fruit Company, but Chad is reluctant. So Chad goes to work as a tour guide at his girlfriend’s agency.



By the Light of the Silvery Moon – Dementia Friendly Film Screening

The film programme will include a mix of classic films and musicals to help trigger memories and enable conversations about shared experiences


Contact Christine Physick on 0151 928 1530/

January Film:
Date: Thursday 18th January
Time: 2.00pm


Merseyside Police introduce ‘The Herbert Protocol’ for missing or vulnerable people.

Merseyside Police would like to introduce you to The Herbert Protocol – an initiative named after George Herbert – a War veteran of the Normandy landings – who lived with dementia.

‘We appreciate that caring for people with dementia is challenging – and that planning ahead and keeping safe is really important.  More than 60% of people living with dementia can at some point start to “walk about”.  Whilst this may only be into the garden or street and returning a short time later, people can get lost and go missing; leading to feelings of confusion, fear and vulnerability – particularly at night time or at times of extreme weather.

As part of making reasonable life adjustments, we want to help by putting a system in place that will help to give the emergency services the best possible information should there be a need for them to become involved in a search for someone with dementia.

Personal budgets to become dementia friendly as Sefton MBC sign charter

Sefton Council has pledged to sign up to the Dementia Friendly Personal Budgets Charter to help give people with dementia greater choice and control over their care and support.

The Care Act gives everyone who is receiving support from social services the legal right to a personal budget.

Alzheimer’s Society has produced a guide of easy and cost-effective actions councils can take to improve the personal budgets process for people with dementia and their careers. Sefton Council has signed up to the Dementia-Friendly Personal Budgets Charter to demonstrate its commitment to supporting people affected by dementia.

Councillor Paul Cummins, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at Sefton Council, said:

“Personal budgets not only give people choice over the care they need, but also enable support to be delivered in innovative and cost-effective ways.

“Sefton Council is pleased to sign up to Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Personal Budgets Charter to show our commitment towards making personal budgets more accessible to our residents living with dementia.”

Ian McCreath, Personal Choice Manager at Alzheimer’s Society, said:

“Personal budgets have the potential to give much needed choice and control to people with dementia. Our research has uncovered a worrying situation for people with dementia when trying to obtain a budget so it is really encouraging to see Sefton Council signing up to The Dementia-Friendly Personal Budgets Charter. Hopefully it will encourage other local authorities to follow suit and support more people with dementia to live better lives.”

Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Personal Budgets Charter enables local authorities to demonstrate their commitment to people with dementia. Pledges include:

  • Producing relevant and clear information on personal budgets for people with dementia that always explain all the available options and methods for receiving a personal budget
  • Training all staff involved in care and support planning in the personalisation agenda  to ensure accurate and appropriate information is provided at all times
  • Having a timely and transparent assessment process that clearly explains how they have decided on the amount of money a person will receive
  • Collecting robust data on the uptake and outcomes of personal budgets for people with dementia so that services are continuously improved

Alzheimer’s Society launched the Dementia Friendly Personal Budgets charter at the National Children’s and Adults’ Services Conference 2016 and is calling on local authorities to sign up at

Parkhaven Trust plans new Nursing Home for people with dementia – Public Open Event (25th June & 9th July 2017)

The Parkhaven Trust plans to build a 45 bedded nursing home for people with dementia on their Liverpool Road South site. The plan will involve the relocation of residential care from Kyffin Taylor Residential Home for people with dementia and Harrison House Residential Home. Click here to read a fact sheet sharing key information of the proposals.

Two engagement events have been planned on Sunday 25th June and Sunday 9th July, as Parkhaven aims to engage on a wider scale with stakeholders. Both events are informal public open days with free arts, crafts, activities, displays and free cake and refreshments! It is a chance for you to find out more and share your views on the plans!


Sunday 25th June 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Kyffin Taylor House, Deyes Lane, Maghull, L31 6DJ

Sunday 9th July 2017
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Harrison House, Liverpool Road South, Maghull, L31 8BS


Parkhaven Trust Flyer

Memory pods in Bootle take pensioners back to the good old days

A pop-up 1950s kitchen and 60s-inspired living room are taking Bootle pensioners back to the good old days – and also helping people with dementia.

The nostalgic ‘reminiscence pods’, which include everyday items to touch and smell, even feature a vintage-style television set with newsreels from a bygone era.

The pods are being used at Riverside’s Windsor Court Retirement Living complex to help older residents strike up conversation and reminisce – and to support people with dementia so they feel safe and secure.

Carbolic soap and reproduction packaging of vintage brands including Spam, Omo and Pilot Matches all feature in the so-called ‘rem pods.’

– Memories – 

Sisters Betty Hughes and Rita Connelly enjoyed stepping back in time and remembering their childhood years.

72-year-old Betty, who has lived at Windsor Court for 16 years, said: “The pods are very nostalgic. They take me back to just after the Second World War and all the things my mum and dad used to do, such as washing with carbolic soap.”

Among other items on display was a cast iron ‘shoe last’ used to repair footwear.

Rita 77, who has lived at Windsor Court for 12 years, added: “My dad would mend all our shoes on one of these, and with eight children it was well used!

“Seeing the ration book brings back memories too. During the war, my parents used to get the ration books renewed on Ludlow Street, along with the sweet coupons because sugar was scarce. In September my mum would save our coupons for Christmas so she had sweets to give us.

“We had an outside toilet and got washed in a tin bath or would go to the swimming baths. There was an outside tap and in winter it would freeze up so we would have to hold a candle to defrost the water in the pipes.”

The ‘rem pods’ also create therapeutic settings familiar to people with dementia, helping to improve their mental well-being.

Just looking through old photographs, smelling something they recognise, or listening to music can prompt conversation as well as ease distress and anxiety.

Catherine ‘Kitty’ McCornick, aged 87, has lived at the Riverside scheme in Bootle for 11 years and has had dementia for the past six years. Her daughter Betty Palin looked around the rem pods.

Betty said: “I remember having that wallpaper in my mum’s living room when we were growing up, and the smell of the carbolic soap takes me back.

“Dementia can be horrendous. Those who have it do things which are out of character, such as make a cup of tea although they have just made one, or leave the tap running. My mum can remember her nine children but not her 27 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. It is heart-breaking and upsetting for us, and she still thinks we are children.

“My mum loves every minute living here. It’s a safe environment and she has always felt safe.”

Sue Fairley, Riverside’s Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator for Merseyside, said: “The rem pods create a setting that is comfortable and familiar to people with dementia; they start conversations.

“The rooms help people with dementia because they create environments that they remember and are comfortable with. People can live well with dementia and Kitty is a good example.

“We hold various reminiscence activities throughout the year.”

Brookdale centre help conjure musical memories for dementia sufferers

A specialist Southport day service for Sefton residents with dementia turned back the clock this week to join in with a national initiative to raise awareness of the condition.

Service users at Brookdale Resource Centre in Ainsdale – run by the borough’s leading adult social care provider, New Directions – enjoyed a day of reminiscence to mark Dementia Awareness Week which is organised by the Alzheimer’s Society.

The key feature of the event was a delicious afternoon tea which also featured live music from popular Southport vocalist Dave Benjamin, who presented a selection of classic songs from the last half-century and beyond.

Service users were soon dancing and singing along to Dave’s wide-ranging repertoire of musical memories which included rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country and western and pop and soul standards.

Brookdale Resource Centre’s day service enables the carers of Sefton residents who have an advanced dementia diagnosis to have an important respite break.

Service users enjoy a wide range of activities including arts and crafts, sensory stimulation, music and reminiscence therapies.

According to Brookdale Manager, Salwa Moustafa, it’s important for the service to lend its support to campaigns like Dementia Awareness Week.

She explained: “The main objective of today’s event was to provide fun for our service users, and thanks to the efforts of our staff and the entertainer they all joined in and had a really enjoyable time.

“However, it’s also important to use national events like these to raise awareness of dementia and the effect it can have on sufferers and their families, and in doing so to challenge the stigma associated with the condition.”

Figures indicate that someone in the world now develops dementia every three seconds, and that by 2050 around 131.5 million people around the globe will be living with the condition.

New Directions was established in 2007 as the first local authority social care trading company in the country.

Ten years on, the organisation remains at the forefront of the local care sector, with a team of more than 300 staff caring for older Sefton residents, or people with disabilities or mental health support needs.

For more information about the services offered by New Directions, or to find out about joining the team, ring 0151 934 3726 or visit

Southport Care homes unite against dementia for awareness week

CARE home bosses from Southport have met for the first time in the town to help raise awareness of dementia across the care spectrum.

Organised by the Athena Health Care group, Parklands Lodge, Abbey Wood, Aaron Crest, Dale Park, Marine Care Home, the Promenade Rest Home and Aaronmore Park care home staff met at the Marine Lake cafe on the Promenade last week as part of Dementia Awareness Week

Southport fire crews back dementia awareness campaign to visit residents at home

Fire crews are backing a dementia awareness campaign to help residents in the town have a greater understanding of Alzheimer’s and memory issues.

Firefighters from Southport Community Fire Station White Watch will be visiting dementia sufferers to offer fire safety advice and check they have working smoke alarms.

Watch Manger Steve Bousfield said: “Many members of our Watch are Dementia Friends and want to support those living with dementia by ensuring their homes are safe.

“Crews will be visiting residents on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 between 11am and 4pm.

If you live in the Southport area and know someone who would like a free Home Fire Safety Check please call 0800 731 5958 and quote the reference ‘Campaign Code 017’.

“Firefighters will arrive in a fire engine and have photographic identification with them. Residents are encouraged to check their ID before letting staff in to their homes.”

The Plaza Community Cinema to offer Dementia-friendly Film Screenings throughout 2017

The Plaza Communtiy Cinema in Waterloo are pleased to offer a schedule of dementia-friendly film screenings throughout 2017. 

With the support of Sefton 4 Good, The Plaza are hosting the first screening on the 19th January as a free event. 

Please see below for a schedule of screenings, and for more information visit


Screen 1

Thursday 19th January 2.00 ***
Thursday 23rd February 2.00
Thursday 23rd March 2.00
Thursday 27th April 2.00
Thursday 25th May 2.00
Thursday 22nd June 2.00
Thursday 13th July 2.00
Thursday 21st September 2.00
Thursday 19th October 2.00
Thursday 23rd November 2.00
Thursday 14th December 2.00
  • Screenings will take place in screen 1
  • This is a fully accessible self-contained space with toilets on either side of the screen
  • The cinema has a fully accessible toilet in the foyer

The film programme will include a mix of classic films and musicals to help trigger memories and enable conversations about shared experiences


Thanks to support from CVS/Sefton4Good we are able to offer the first Dementia Friendly Film Screening on 19th January 2017 as a FREE Event

CCG donates wool to help people with dementia



NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has recently donated wool to be made into a sensory item for dementia patients called ‘twiddlemuffs’.

The specially-knitted hand muffs have items such as buttons, ribbons or textured fabric attached to keep dementia patients who may become agitated busy with their hands. They are now being used nationally in a lot of hospitals around the UK.

Brendan Prescott, deputy chief nurse at the CCG said: “We were in a meeting with one of the local hospitals when we spotted the colourful knitted ‘twiddlemuffs’ on the tables which sparked a conversation about how the Swan Centre, a local charity in Bootle made them for people with dementia. We were able to take one back to show colleagues at the CCG and we decided to donate some wool to help them create more as they are increasingly in demand.

“Joan and Rita from the Swan Centre were really pleased to receive it and have said they will deliver them to local hospitals once they are made.”

Dementia is important to the CCG and it is working towards becoming ‘dementia friendly’ and encouraging GP practices to become “dementia friends” too. The CCG signed a pledge with Sefton Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) earlier in the year, supporting the national movement to bring about a society wide response to dementia.

Learning a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turning that understanding into action is what dementia friends do. From telling friends about dementia friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.


New dementia films help improve diagnosis and care for patients

New films by Health Education England aim to improve dementia diagnosis and care by raising awareness, particularly in African Caribbean communities. Finding Patience aims to improve early diagnosis and support by increasing awareness amongst both health and care professionals, and those within the community. Focusing on dementia in care homes, Finding Patience – The Later Years raises awareness of how dementia can affect people differently, and calls for person-centred care that focuses on the individual, not the condition.

Click on the above links to see the videos.


‘Dementia Citizens’ by NESTA.

Dementia Citizens is a new project to help people with dementia and those who care for them, using apps on smartphones and tablets. If you’re affected by dementia, Dementia Citizens can help you:

  • find new activities that you can enjoy with family and friends, using your smartphone or tablet
  • take part in dementia research studies and help us understand more about dementia care
  • learn new ways of living with dementia and caring for someone with dementia

    For more information please visit:

Sefton CCGs to become ‘dementia friendly’

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have signed up to become ‘Dementia Friends’ and are well on their way to reaching their target after gaining some training from the top doctor who is leading this work.

Both CCGs are working towards being ‘dementia friendly’ with 100 reception staff at Sefton GP practices already having received the training. In addition, a group of staff at the CCGs’ offices received training from the National Clinical Director for Dementia at NHS England, Alistair Burns,

He said: “It was fantastic to be here and I was delighted to meet with so many people at the CCG. It was good to hear about the work they are already doing to improve dementia diagnosis rates in Sefton and the post diagnosis support that they are offering to patients.

“I was really impressed with the enthusiasm and energy in the room and thoroughly enjoyed the session which so many people attended. It is good news to hear that the CCG are amongst the few CCGs who have signed up to become dementia friendly. It is so important to raise as much awareness as we can and with their partners I’m sure the message will be spread far and wide.”

The CCGs’ have signed a pledge with Sefton Dementia Action Alliance (DAA), supporting the national movement to bring about a society wide response to dementia. The Sefton DAA is made up of organisations in the borough who aim to work together to radically improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers. Its official launch in Sefton is in Dementia Awareness Week on Wednesday 18th May.

Part of the CCGs’ action plan in the alliance is to raise awareness about dementia in the community and to encourage member practices and providers to become dementia friends, which they have both started working on.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer at both CCGs, said: “Dementia is a priority area for both CCGs which is why the training was important to us. At the session when staff were asked if anyone in the room knew someone with dementia, of course, over half the room lifted their hands. We were asked to make a pledge and on behalf of the CCG I am keen to spread the word on dementia and whilst we’ve work to do to improve care and the diagnosis rate, I am really pleased that the CCGs are becoming dementia friendly and that we are part of the alliance, which is so important for Sefton.

“Dementia is of interest to everyone, not only on a personal level but on a professional one as well. It’s so important that people understand how someone with dementia may feel in certain situations. Thanks to Alistair for running the session for us, I’m sure we’ll all wear our badges proudly.

“Small changes to the way our society, communities, shops and businesses are run can make a huge difference to people with dementia. By improving awareness and having a greater understanding of dementia we can hopefully make a real difference to those living with dementia and their carers.”

A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action – anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend. Whether you attend a face to face Dementia Friends Information Session or watch their online video, Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.

For more information visit:

The Future for Dementia Care: Meeting the 2020 Challenge


The Government has recently published the Implementation Plan for the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020. Its commitments include personalised care plans, raising awareness and integrated health and social care provision. However, with budgets stretched and growing demand for support, how can your service integrate, innovative and improve to meet the challenges ahead?

Attend this Westminster Briefing event to learn about what the future holds for dementia care in the coming months and years. Engaging with our expert panel and your peers, you will explore the practical steps you can take to rise to the 2020 Challenge and provide personalised, quality support for people living with dementia and carers.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • What does the Implementation Plan mean for the future of dementia care?
  • Engaging with people living with dementia to improve your service
  • Providing personalised care plans for every person living with dementia
  • Driving integration between health, social care and third sector
  • Providing training and improving awareness across your workforce
  • Overcoming variations of diagnostic rates and support across areas
  • Building on the progress & momentum of Dementia Friendly Communities
  • Delivering better support for carers and families

The Event:

In the morning session you will explore the Government’s plans for supporting those living with dementia and the next steps for prevention, assessment and post-diagnostic care.

In the afternoon session you will learn from good practice case studies of supporting and engaging with people with dementia and their carers in personalised, community-based ways. The session will be highly interactive and provide practical guidance on how you can develop your local service

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

Who should attend?

Delegates will be drawn from anyone with an interest in dementia, including but not limited to: local authorities, CCGs, health & social care commissioners, care home managers, primary care staff, carers, charities, workforce development & training teams and elected members.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Alzheimer’s Society’s Fix Dementia Care campaign

Alzheimer’s Society has recently launched the #FixDementiaCare campaign. please see below for details of the campaign.

The statistics

There are over 700,000 people with dementia in England, with this figure expected to increase to around 850,000 by 2021.

In a 2015 poll of over 570 carers, families and friends of people with dementia:

  • Only 2% said that in their experience all hospital staff understood the specific needs of people with dementia
  • 57% per cent said they felt the person they care for was not treated with understanding and dignity in hospital
  • 90% per cent said they felt the person with dementia became more confused while in hospital
  • 92% per cent thought hospital environments were frightening for the person with dementia.
hospital staff
  • Only 69% of hospital trusts are properly screening patients over 75 for dementia on admission, despite being offered financial incentives to do so.

Inconsistent hospital recording of the numbers of people with dementia who have fallen means this data was only available for a quarter of hospitals, but even in this small sample 6,834 falls were reported last year. In these hospitals an average of 28.3% of people aged over 65 who had a fall were people with dementia, but these numbers were as high as 52.2% to 70.6% in the three worst performing hospitals.

Length of stay

On average, people with dementia spend nearly four times as long in hospital following a fall and the resulting frailty from a fall and an extended stay in hospital can increase the likelihood of them being unable to return home.

Our call for all hospitals to publish an annual dementia statement

Nobody should have to go into a hospital where they are five times as likely to have a fall as at the next nearest hospital, or are likely to have to stay twice as long. There is also no excuse for wasting £264.2 million a year on extra care needed because of falls, unnecessary extra days spent in hospital and avoidable emergency re-admissions of people with dementia.

We’re calling on Simon Stevens, NHS England Chief Executive, to ensure that all hospital trusts in England publish an annual ‘dementia statement’ setting out the quality of dementia care they provide. This will arm patients with information about their local hospital and drive improvements throughout the system.

How can you help?

It takes a few minutes to send a message to Simon Stevens and demand better care for people with dementia in hospitals. Help us fix dementia care. Take action today.

Alzheimer’s Society: Making Your Home Dementia Friendly

The Alzheimer’s Society have just launched a new 32 page booklet ‘Making your home dementia friendly’. It’s a practical guide for people with dementia who are living at home. It explains how to create or adapt the home environment to make it a  safe and familiar place.

 Please click the link below for the PDF version. You can also order copies, free of charge by calling 0300 3035933 or emailing

It’s a great guide with lots of hints and tips, well worth a look.

Click here to download the booklet