'Get There Together'

Posted on: Thursday 20 May 2021
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In Gwent during ‘Dementia Action week’ (17 – 23 May 2021), Torfaen Council would like to promote our part in the National Bevan Exemplar project, ‘Get There Together’.

The project is led by Dr Natalie Elliott, National Consultant AHP Lead for Dementia, at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

The council have been working in collaboration to develop video and leaflet resources for people living with dementia and their carers to support social and functional activity recovery, as COVID-19 restrictions are eased. 

The 'Get There Together' project presented the opportunity to  work with a number of large high street business such as Costa Coffee, WH Smith and Specsavers, including super markets such as Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. We have also worked with Newport Transport and Stagecoach to develop clips and other organisations such as carer’s hubs, GP surgeries, pharmacies and libraries.

The films are around two minutes long and have been especially designed for each venue to include voice overs, pictures and text to help people who wish to familiarise themselves with changes due to COVID-19.

The videos enable people to see new safety measures, such as one-way systems, social distancing signs and clear screens, which could be confusing when first encountered. The video clips have been produced alongside people living with dementia and their carers, who identified where clips were needed and what content would be helpful and supportive. Over 30 clips have been developed so far across Gwent and were extremely fortunate to have some fantastic Occupational Therapy students from Cardiff University, develop most of those during their placement at ABUHB.

In Gwent the project is coordinated and led by the Gwent Regional Partnership Team and the steering group consists of partners from the 5 Local Authorities including elected members, ABUHB, Alzheimer’s Society, Welsh Ambulance Service, Gwent Police, Social Care Wales, Bridges, Breaking Barriers Community Arts, Cwmbran Centre, Bridges Centre Monmouth and National Museum Wales.

Newport Councillor Paul Cockeram, who is an active member of the Gwent sub group says, “As Chairman of the Regional Partnership Board, we consider Dementia a high priority. This has resulted in major investments through our ICF programme, which has led to positive outcomes for people living with dementia and their carers.”

Caerphilly Councillor Carol Andrews, who is also an active member of the group says, “As Dementia Champion for CCBC it is really important to me raise awareness about people living well with Dementia.  Following the easing of restrictions everyone is naturally hesitant about returning to normal and this project helps to put minds at ease, with simple to follow video clips.  It has been an honour to be involved and help to create a fantastic resource for the people of Wales especially in Gwent”.

The project is continuously growing and we welcome any new partners who would like to get involved. For more information contact Natasha.Harris@torfaen.gov.uk

The project has gained interest from BBC Wales with Dr Elliott interviewed within a news section covering loneliness and isolation and it is also being promoted by The Alzheimer’s Society in the Latest news section of their website.

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/news/2021-05-12/get-there-together-videos-support-people-dementia-wales-coronavirus

We are very excited to see the project launched this month and the resources now sit on the Dewis Cymru website.

Learn more at https://rb.gy/lkzstg

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