Dementia Hwb Swansea
On the 29th January 2022, Dementia Friendly Swansea opened up a ‘Dementia Hwb’ (or Hub in English). This is situated in the city centre in an old Thornton’s shop. Open 7 days a week, the purpose of this was to raise awareness, provide information, and try to improve inclusion and quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.
In the first month of being open, the Hwb has seen over 220 recorded visitors. These are people who engaged with the volunteers or professionals from organisations. The largest number of visitors are carers seeking information and advice about dementia care from memory loss, to end stages of dementia.
The aim of bringing organisations together has been successful in terms of networking, with links being made to try and link together services and help create sustainable partnerships to benefit the people of Swansea.
Dementia Friendly Swansea is a small voluntary group who established the first Dementia Friendly City in Wales in 2014. They now hold forums with local organisations and small businesses to support improving the quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers. With the Hwb, they have achieved a fantastic resource for the people of Swansea with the aim of extending the funding to keep the Hwb open for as long as possible.
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For Dementia Carers Count, this has been positive in the following ways:
- Engaging with carers face-to-face, providing information, emotional support and signposting.
- To raise awareness and promote our charity and what we can offer to support family carers.
- To create links with partners in the Swansea area establishing what services are already commissioned in the area and help identify what is needed.
- To create sustainable networks to support our regional expansion with the aim of providing face to face courses in the Swansea and surrounding areas.
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By Katy Evans, an experienced social worker based in South Wales with a background in local authority and adult social care.