Dementia Volunteers Win Awards

Baby Steps mum and baby dementia volunteers collect their award from the Mayor of Bromley

Some of the 17 mums and babies who have taken part in the MindCare Baby Steps project collected a Team of Volunteers Award at the Community Links Bromley Volunteer Awards Ceremony from the Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Nicholas Bennett, on Tuesday 11th June 2019.

The Baby Step project started in 2018 when a local mum wanted go get out more with her young baby while contributing to the local community. Since then, the project has seen 17 mums and babies visit MindCare Dementia Support Centres in Beckenham and Orpington, in an intergenerational dementia project that has helped different groups of local people live well.

The women joining the Baby Steps project have commented that the change of leaving full-time employment to become a mother for a newborn baby has been equally a joyous moment of their lives as well as challenging. The change in identity, relationships and social isolation can be difficult to adjust to and projects like Baby Steps have been a great help.

Clients with dementia attending the MindCare dementia centres have also benefitted. The regular visits from babies and mums have sparked many memories, laughs and conversations about the client’s own experiences of parenting and their children.

The Baby Steps project is now developing with dads and young babies attending the centre.

 

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Olivia Georgio was another MindCare Dementia Support volunteer who received an award at the Volunteer Awards Ceremony.

Olivia has shown a keen interest in supporting people to live well with dementia, demonstrating much empathy with all our clients, engaging them in conversation, games and activities. She has gone above and beyond on several occasions, helping new people to settle into the centre and making sure they have what they need to be happy and get the most out of attending the centre.

Olivia receiving her award from the Mayor of Bromley

Olivia receiving her award from the Mayor of Bromley

MindCare Manager, Saira Addison, said,

“We are always looking for creative ways to help our clients to live well with dementia and have meaningful experiences in our dementia centres, and we are very fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers to help us serve so many different members of our local community in living well.”

“Our youngest baby volunteer was just seven weeks old and now we are welcoming more dads. It’s great to be part of creative, intergenerational dementia care project such as this and all our volunteers deserve the recognition of the Community Links Bromley Volunteer Awards.”