DementiaGo scheme recognised in national awards
Emma Quaeck from Gwynedd Council’s DementiaGO scheme has been nominated in the ‘Trailblazer of the Year’ award category as part of the annual Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Awards. The ceremony will be held in London at the end of this month.
Launched in 2013, the awards celebrate and showcase the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations across the UK who have led the way on creating dementia-friendly communities and improving the lives of everybody affected by dementia.
The ‘Trailblazer of the Year’ award, which Emma has been nominated for, recognises individuals, communities, businesses and groups that have tried something new or innovative to include people affected by dementia and improve their experiences.
Emma Quaeck, Manager of the DementiaGo programme said: “It is certainly an honour to have been nominated for this award which recognises the positive steps we have been making here in Gwynedd in supporting people living with dementia and their families and carers.
“The DementiaGo programme offers physical activity sessions in a safe and understanding environment for people living with dementia and their carers.
“Some of these activities include exercises to help strengthen the body, improve balance, dancing, circuit training, gym work, playing table tennis, boccia and swimming.
“We have also been involved in establishing the Gwynedd Boccia league which has proved to be a great success. Boccia, which is a precision ball sport related to bowls and petanque, is becoming a popular activity played in by many local groups and organisations, and the great thing about the game is that everyone can have a go no matter what their health condition may be.
“People may also remember seeing us on the Countryfile TV program about a year ago where we were joined by carers, those living with dementia and their family on a day out on the Ffestiniog Railway, followed by a walk to Llyn Mair for a picnic. This allowed the group to connect with other people, nature and history whilst also getting some physical exercise.
“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved with the DementiaGO project over the years, and am looking forward to continue to find innovative activities for the benefit of those that are living with dementia.”
Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said: “This is a significant achievement which reflects the important and innovative work the DementiaGO scheme is doing here in Gwynedd in terms of making a real and positive difference to people’s lives.
“As someone who has had experience of these sessions, I can fully appreciate the physical and social benefits of bringing people together during the classes - enabling individuals to live well in their communities.
“I would like to thank everybody involved for all their hard work. We are immensely proud of Emma and her team and hope they enjoy the experience in London at the end of the month. Good luck!”
The DementiaGo project, led by Gwynedd Council, helps support people living with dementia and their families and carers by offering opportunities to increase physical activity and add to a better quality of life.
If you are interested in learning more or know of anyone who might benefit from the DementiaGo programme in Gwynedd, please contact Emma Quaeck on 07768 988095
Images: 1 - Emma Quaeck with the Porthmadog DementiaGo group.
2 - Emma Quaeck with Glenda Roberts, who lives with Dementia and who attends the classes.