Yesterday saw me heading off to York for the monthly peer support meeting of Minds and Voices. I’m usually trundling my way on a bus but this time it was part bus, part car as Sarah, my daughter, came with me. Damian usually picks me up from the train station in York but wasn’t able this time and by pure coincidence Sarah was free – bonus
It was a very unsummer like morning that greeted me but at least the taxi driver was on time. Even the bus was on time so things were looking up as I trundled towards Pocklington.
Me and Sarah made our way to Lidget Grove and, seeing no car in the car park, decided to sit and wait for Emily to arrive……and we sat…..and we sat……until eventually I said I’d just try the door, just in case…only to find it open🙄 and Emily in there having almost finished setting up😱
So we immediately had a cuppa tea before people started to arrive, first of which was Becky and Alistair from York St Johns university who are involved in research around movement for people with dementia. And then the rest of the crew started to arrive and the laughter started. Sarah was in charge of tea😊
We went round and introduced ourselves to Becky. They gave an update on where they are with their plans and said they should be up and running over the next few months. They hope to run exercise classes for people with dementia.
Next up Emily told us about York Dementia Action Alliance dementia panel. I’m going there on Wednesday, along with 2 other group members, to be part of the panel deciding where they allocate their pot of money and to which community projects to allocate their dosh.
Next we spoke about linking up to TEWS (Tees Esk Weir Valley) user panel. Some of the group went to a consultation at Bootham Hospital, where York Memory Service exists, but they have trouble recruiting people with dementia onto their user panel. So they’re really keen to explore working together with Minds and Voices. We think they could support M&V financially and in return we could discuss topics they want views about. That sounds like a plan to me……..they could refer people to our group since they’re the ones who diagnose people……..🙄
Then the ‘Getting Out and About’ project – our trip to Scarborough. We met with Charlie from Transpennine Express a while back to talk about how difficult it is to use public transport. The train company have now agreed to provide us with a supported journey to visit our twin group in Scarborough in the hope we have a wonderful experience……….travelling from York will be us and the Bradford DEEP group. We’ll travel together and meet the Scarborough group there. Then all 3 groups will go on an open top bus. The whole point is to test out how accessible the journey is. Eddie used to drive the bus so has, amazingly, arranged for us to be met by one at the station. Fish and chips for lunch will round off the visit. Emily suddenly thought that we needed to warn the fish and chip place that we would descend on them………..😳
3 people will be recording the trip – Tony Husband, a famous cartoonist, a Yorkshire poet called Ian McMillan and Ian Beasley, photographer. Very excited…………….
Before we could blink it was lunchtime at which point me and Sarah left, not before having a final cuppa tea. Another fabulous journey worth making….