Dementia Friendly Newtown (DFN) was the third community in Powys to be officially recognised as working towards becoming dementia friendly. The group are a community-led, voluntary, not-for-profit group that was established in June 2016.
Current regular activities in the area for people living with dementia are:
Knit & Natter
Held on alternate Friday afternoons at Jalna’s Café, Newtown, just by the Ladywell Car Park, Newtown (by the old Co-op) and easily accessible to everyone. 2:30 – 4:00pm. A friendly group environment which offers people the chance to interact with others in meaningful activity – we knit for charity or social causes and are happy to take on projects suggested by our knitters. The knitting group is led by staff from the Memory Service at Newtown Hospital: 01686 617240 / 617241.
Music Group – Newtown
Do you play an instrument or enjoy singing, or look after a person who does? Newtown has a new Music Group beginning on 28th February at the Library at 2.30pm. We will be using songs from different decades to sing and enjoy together. Songs and music good for the brain as we have a very good long term memory for music and words set to music – you’ll be surprised just how much you can remember! Enjoying songs and music in a group and using skills you might have forgotten you have is a great way to boost self confidence. Sing with others who remember and enjoy the songs that you do too! Contact Hannah Williams, Newtown Memory Service: 01686 617240
Held on the second Friday of the month from 10.30am to 12 noon at the Wesley Methodist Church, Back Lane, Newtown. Run by The Rotary Club of Newtown for people with problems with their memory, their carers who would appreciate some company or advice, or anyone who just fancies a cuppa and a chat . Elaine Meddins, a fully qualified music therapist who has many years of experience, runs a very enjoyable activity session which varies each month, and includes "Movement to Music", singing, Memory Lane sessions, or other sessions as suggested by the participants. Whilst this is in action other guests and volunteers run Dominoes, Boccia, Scrabble, take part in art-work, come for a bit of advice, or just have tea and biscuits and a chat. For further details contact Jenny Cassidy by email or telephone 01686 688989.
Monthly Carer’s Group – Newtown
Held on the last Tuesday of every month at Ponthafren, Newtown, Longbridge Street, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2DY. If you look after your partner, a relative or a friend who is ill, disabled or simply unable to do as much as they used to, you are a carer, even if you’d never call yourself a one. If you would like to meet other carers and get more information about caring or would just like pop in for a cup of tea and a chat, come along to this monthly Carer’s Group. Contact 01686 621586 for further details