DAD 'bigger and better than ever'
RADIO Devon's Judy Spiers will be opening Dementia Awareness Day (DAD)'s late summer fete at St Anne's Hall in Babbacombe this coming Saturday, September 15, at 11pm, with admission just 50p.
There'll be book, bottle, jewellery and craft stalls as well as a tombola and an 'invisible auction'.
With live music, tea, coffee and cakes, and much more besides, it's bound to be a fun day, running until 4pm.
The day — a follow up to last year's first and very successful DAD — is being run by the Torbay Dementia Action Alliance (TDAA), launched earlier this year by Norman McNamara, a sufferer of Lewy Body's, a less well known form of dementia, and, as we've reported before, already having an amazing impact in the Bay, raising people's awareness of the condition, with more and more shops and businesses displaying TDAA's distinctive logo.
Asked what will be happening this year, Norman says, 'It's bigger and better than ever. We have balloons being released all over the world at 3pm and The Lewy Body's Sunshine Coast of Australia is holding a huge event so DAD truly is a global happening. Here, Torquay United are having a collection the week after, Widdecombe House is having a tea party and events are going on in care homes across Torbay. In my home town of Bolton, they're holding a DAD awareness event, as are homes in Gloucester, and Cornwall.
The success of TDAA's campaign has been celebrated by, among many others, Marc Wortmann, executive director of Alzheimer's Disease International, who said: "It's great to see how active Norms is in his local community… he proves that people living with dementia are the best advocates to bring changes."
Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of Alzheimer's Society UK, said: "Dementia Awareness Day is an opportunity when we can all be out there shouting about the ways people with dementia can be better supported by their local community."
On top of that, Prime Minister David Cameron has written to Norman, saying: "I very much welcome the work you have done with businesses and others in Torbay to create a Dementia-friendly community."
"Keep up the great work," Mr Cameron added, and we can all echo that. Look out over the next few days for the lively posters designed by Norman's granddaughter Brionie, and find out more at the DAD blog.
Most of all, come along and enjoy DAD at St Anne's Hall.
TDAA's success story is a testament to what the voluntary sector can achieve, so if you'd like to find out more about volunteering for TDAA or for other voluntary work across the Bay, contact us here at CVA: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01803 212638.
AN important training session for local voluntary and community sector organisations, 'Love Your Tender', takes place next Wednesday, September 19, from 10am until 4pm at The Edge in Bolton Street, Brixham.
If your organisation works with children, young people and families, if it's new to delivering public services for your local area as part of their commissioning strategy, and if you want to make sure that you're ready to tender when the opportunity presents, then this training session and its recently updated toolkit is for you.
A main aim of the session, organised by the national charity Children England is to increase awareness, confidence and the ability of organisations that work with children, young people and their families to take part successfully in commissioning and tendering processes: by the end you'll know how to be 'tender ready' with, for example, an understanding of the difference between grant funding and contracting; and with a vital understanding of how your organisations give 'added value'.
On top of this, you'll have been introduced to an 'outcomes planning framework' as well as to new forms of finance, such as 'social impact bonds'.
To find out still more, or to book a place online, log on to www.eventelephant.com/loveyourtender19sept