Care for the Elderly
Cameo Club was established many years ago in Hemyock, to provide companionship, activities and a two-course lunch for older residents in the Blackdown Hills. In 2010 Cameo moved to purpose-designed accommodation at the BHLAC where the club is run by a dedicated and experienced team.
The team, led by Tracy Howe, is able to care for the elderly and frail, and for those affected by memory loss. Cameo Club runs twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays, from 9.30am-3.30pm and members may attend one day a week or both. Along with the staff, a lively, loyal group of volunteers help to provide a wide range of activities and games which help with exercise and mental agility whilst creating a fun and cheerful atmosphere. There is no pressure to participate in all activities, some members just enjoy the socialising element of Cameo.
We have a network of volunteer drivers to transport Cameo members to and from the Centre, at a cost in line with the current HMRC rate. All staff and volunteers (including drivers) are DBS checked.
Living in a beautiful area undoubtedly has many benefits, but for some it can be a very lonely place. Lack of transport can create isolation and vulnerability; the loss of a partner can leave people wondering how they can ever start to live their lives again. Loneliness affects the health and wellbeing of many older people in the UK and is one the biggest issues of today. So what can we do about it?
On the first Friday of every month, between 11am and 3pm, the BHLAC buzzes with activity and laughter. Our aim is to have fun mentally and physically; laugher is the best medicine. We provide support, information and a wide variety of interesting and entertaining activities. There is no age limit and transport can usually be arranged at cost.
On the second Tuesday of every month, between 10.30am – 1pm, Memory Café provides an informal get-together for people affected by memory loss, those with dementia and their families or carer. We are able to provide information, support for carers and access to health and social staff in a welcoming and relaxed setting.
We arrange gentle activities each month and regular reminiscence sessions. Encouraging memory recall whilst accessing objects from the past has been shown to improve the health and well-being of older people and those suffering with dementia.
You are welcome to drop in a for a cuppa and a chat. Lunch can also be provided at an additional cost. If you require transport to attend Memory Café, please contact the Blackdown Support Group. blackdownsupportgroup.org.uk