Five Bullet Friday (7 September 2018)

5 Bullet Fridays
Last updated on January 29, 2019

Resilience Training

There will be resilience training 10 – 12 Tuesday 11 September at the Breaport Centre. The training is provided by Mark Eyre an independent Consultant.

This will be good training for skills on how to take care of yourselves. Please email Breda directly to book a place (and copy me in for info).

Breda Seaman

OCN Neighbourhoods Festival

Friday 5th and Sat 6th July 2019

Kevin Harrison – Artlink Central – and I had another very productive meeting with Angela and Kathryn from The Macrobert Arts Centre discussing and planning next year’s neighbourhood festival. A (very) rough programme is:

DAY 1: Aimed at professionals. A performance of Curious Shoes then training for professionals at Macrobert, along with memory-friendly walks experience for professionals. Ted-style talks by researchers after work, bar open.

DAY 2: For the general public. Performance of CS at Macrobert (matinee). Craft drop ins, sculpture tours and memory-friendly walks for public. Scottish ballet workshops as our usual dementia-friendly activity

We are looking for volunteers interested in getting involved in this exciting programme and anyone who would like to deliver a TED style talk. It would be brilliant if all volunteers could be available on the days of the festival but realise 2 days would be a big commitment. Any help would be appreciated. We aim to work towards a ‘cultural offer’ where it isn’t just aimed at people living with dementia and unpaid carers but the whole public who would be interested in the activities and performances.

Life Changes Trust Report

We are continuing to write the report for the Life Changes Trust. Thank you to everyone who has provided case studies it’s very much appreciated.


We have been busy and to date have surveyed approximately 16 people. Some things coming to light are.

  • It’s taking 1 to 1.5 hours to complete.
  • It’s better to be up front as possible about the time filling in the form
  • Some folk really don’t like to use the word or acknowledge they have ‘dementia’ and other phrases / language is good to use. ‘Having a bit of trouble with memory’ and ‘Memory problems’ seems a common phraseology. This is something we need advice on.
  • We have people interested in learning more about the digital strand and upskilling themselves

We have shared information with people living with dementia and unpaid carers on:

Digital Champions Training and Place Standard Tool Training

This will be held at the Mayfield Centre and everyone is invited. Thank you to those who have got back to me already!

Where? Mayfield Centre

When? Thursday 27 September 2018

9:00 – 1:00 Digital Champions training

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch and network

2:00 – 5:00 Place Standard Tool

Why? Have a look at the links. Both lots of training will help when working with people facing social exclusion. It will help people to benefit from getting online by developing their essential digital skills and discuss the local neighbourhood they live in and what needs to change.

And there’s more? Yes there’s more. Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Advisor Donna Patterson will be attending and providing input on the training throughout the day. This will help to identify how to adjust the training for accessibility. Plus we intend to invite other interested guests for the lunch to network. Please RSVP for numbers.