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MIND Active

Charity description

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MIND Active is an independent Bedlington
based charity supporting meaningful activities with older people living in
residential care and nursing homes. We also invite them and people with
dementia and their loved ones to share quality time together at community based
events. All our activities challenge loneliness, boredom, isolation and
sedentary lifestyles by volunteers providing music, reminiscence, crafts,
storytellers, local history talks, performances, live entertainers, etc., which
stimulate memory, singing, dancing, conversation and promotes mental and
physical welling. Our community activities promote healthy eating, appetite,
social interaction, 'escape' from routines of home environments, with live
entertainers encouraging involvement and feel-good factor. This has proven
enormously successful, enabling people to be themselves in a friendly,
understanding and welcoming atmosphere. “Perfect for everyone”, (Care home resident)

MIND Active began in 2002
after project members had experienced lack of stimulation of family members in
a number of care homes. We originally visited 3 homes regularly, but
demand quickly increased this to 14. The Project team now involve over 40 homes
in and around Northumberland. Due to a concern in the lack of support and
growth of people living at home with dementia, we also encourage these people
to attend our community events along with carers and residents from the care
and nursing homes. Witnessing residents ‘come to life’ and carers of
people with dementia beginning to relax, is great reward for our project team
efforts. Simple pleasures of flower table centres, china tea sets and
friendly conversation make the beneficiaries feel valued, respected and
wanted. "It sets him up for the day" (Carer of loved one with
dementia). We are respected in the sector for our quality of life interventions
and often praised as a ‘lifeline’ by our guests.

Charity No: 1096712

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