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New resources launched for carers of people with dementia

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The resources have been created by charity Hearts and Minds with a variety of partners

A suite of new resources for carers of people with dementia has been unveiled.

This week a partnership between Edinburgh charity Hearts and Minds, Designed by Society, Wee Culture and Edel Roddy launched a new website with valuable resources for unpaid and professional carers of people with dementia and anyone who has an interest in care for people in the later stages of dementia. All of the partners have direct experience of working in the area of later stage dementia and developing resources. The project was funded by Dementia Series Development Trust 

The Treasure We Seek Project is based on the principles of the work of Hearts & Minds Elderflowers who use the art of therapeutic clowning to encourage moments of engagement, communication and movement with ladies and gents with dementia. The project took those principles and developed two sets of resources 'Valuables' and 'Treasure Hunt' 

Edel Roddy, project lead, said: "The Treasure We Seek website was launched this week offering two free resources for people to feel connected to people living with later stage dementia. The resources have been developed with the hope they will be useful across a range of settings including schools, community groups, carers organisations and care settings, and we were thrilled with people's responses. 

“Initial feedback highlighted that people have started to develop ideas about how they will try out the resources, and potentially make them their own, with friends, family and in work settings. Attendees at the launch even helped us think about other contexts in which these resources could be used, the possibilities of which feel exciting. 

“If you missed the launch you can find the resources online and we'd like to hear from anybody who tests them out or has thoughts or ideas about this work they'd like to share."

These resources will help relatives and professionals to cope and care and also to evaluate how they feel and take notice of their own wellbeing so they don't feel stressed or isolated.



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