INNOVATIVE DEMENTIA TRAINING USING THE POWER OF THEATRE

‘Went to see Belonging. It was amazing. I work in care, have done for over 11 years and all the training I've been on has nothing on what I took away with me last night. I recommend every one who cares for people with dementia needs to see this!’ Christine Jenkins, Care worker

'In 40 years of nursing, I've never seen anything like Belonging. I hope all my colleagues can see Belonging and gain insight into dementia'   Nurse, Milford Haven

BELONGING is a bilingual play that reflects the real life experiences of people living with dementia, family members and the working lives of health and social care workers.

The training has been designed as a powerful, cost-effective approach to dementia training by using high quality theatre to implement theory & knowledge into practice.

BELONGING is more likely to bring about a deeper change in attitudes, and greater development of awareness and compassion than more traditional dementia training.

COST: £10 per person

TRAINING TIME: 2 hours

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Belonging will:

·      increase knowledge and understanding about dementia

·      address the needs of Welsh language speakers with dementia

·      remove the myths and stigma surrounding the illness

·      share knowledge about behaviour that can be ‘seen’ as challenging

·      validate the health and social care workers experience

·      explore the families perspective and new ways of working with families

·      develop trainees' confidence in using non verbal communication skills   

·      highlight the importance of environment and routine

·      promote compassionate communication

·      demonstrate the importance of knowing a person’s life story

‘“Belonging takes us inside the everyday experiences of people living with dementia, families and professional carers. It enlightens, challenges and entertains all at the same time. Prepare for some myth busting!” Mark Jones, Dementia Care Advisor for the Younger Onset Dementia Service, Cardiff

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE AUDIENCE RESPONSE:

“Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed last night's performance at Pontio. Both my wife and I have been working in the field of dementia care for around 40 years – my wife commented that Llion's portrayal of a person living with dementia was one of the best she had seen. I thought you struck a great balance between showing the impact on family carers and the efforts of people with dementia to cope and manage their situation in their own way – the play was full of insights on relationships and on the person's own awareness of their condition. There was humour and above all there was hope – not for a cure, but hope of finding meaning and closeness and human strength in the face of adversity. Congratulations to you and the entire team. All good wishes for the rest of the run” Professor Bob Woods, Director of DSDC Wales (Bangor)

“I thought the whole thing was brilliant, really gripping. I had tears many times throughout the play. It was such a good learning experience to learn from real life experiences played out. I think more training like this would be beneficial you just seem to learn so much more than from a power point presentation. They were all really good and the older man's portrayal of an elderly gentleman with dementia was spot on and brilliant” Welfare Assistant, Adult Services Community Resource Team, Swansea

“Excellent performance.The actors were really in tune with the difficulties and mixed emotions that families experience during the journey of dementia. I thought it was good that they portrayed how somebody can revert back to their first language and also how stimulation of past experiences (planting & soil) etc can be motivating . Its important to realise that a person with Dementia may not be able to communicate verbally but still has emotion and how a smell or a feeling can bring back that emotion. It demonstrated the difficulties as a carer, wife, son daughter etc. And the hard decisions faced with deciding long term care. A powerful form of training”  Social Worker, Adult Services Community Resource Team, Pembrokeshire

“Just got home from watching Belonging - a brilliant, poignant, sad, yet funny play about dementia- highly recommend” Dementia Services, Swansea on Twitte

“Belonging provides a really good way to get people to think about dementia and their practice, so I'm not surprised that lots of people are considering commissioning it as part of their dementia training strategy”  Quality Assurance Officer, Joint Commissioning Team

“I saw belonging last night in Chapter and found it amazingly emotive. I have worked with people living with dementia for approx 25 yrs in a number of capacities; memory teams in Bath and Cardiff, managing a nursing home and acute hospital work. The messages you gave last night were so in tune with my beliefs, that we need to move into the person’s world and be in the moment. I am very keen to be involved in more creative approaches and feel that where there is so much rhetoric around being “dementia friendly” (albeit some excellent work being done at local level in some communities in Wales), you have cut through all of that and Belonging is a wonderful approach that can be used for training. As a dementia nurse, I try to teach empathy but Belonging does it beautifully” Jane Mullins (RGN, Bn, PGCASR) Dementia Nurse Consultant

“I felt that the play/training was exceptionally informative and inspiring.  Belonging/Perthyn provides an outstanding platform to present a very powerful insight into the dementia condition. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance which affected both ends of the emotional spectrum ranging from laugh out loud moments to the inducement of tears.  Care Coordinator, Adult Services

'In 40 years of nursing, I've never seen anything like Belonging. I hope all my colleagues can see Belonging and gain insight into dementia'   Nurse, Q&A, Torch Theatre, Milford Haven

‘Went to see Belonging. It was amazing. I work in care, have done for over 11 years and all the training I've been on has nothing on what I took away with me yesterday. I recommend every one who cares for people with dementia needs to see this!’ Christine Jenkins, Care worker, Facebook

“I am still thinking about all the little undercurrents that we ignore because we are too busy dealing with the big picture etc. I will stop and look more often from now on, whatever job I think is more important, actually isn't and it will support me to redirect my energy to what matters to the person with dementia” Registered Residential Care Home Manager

“I was truly overwhelmed by Belonging/Perthyn and sincerely report that the production is undoubtedly the best training I have attended; I am confident that the experience will stay with me always” Assessor Care Coordinator, Adult Services, Pembrokeshire

“Amazing, educational, heartwarming, made me laugh and cry .will never forget this play and recommend all my fellow carers to see it. A very good in site into dementia and how it effects familys and care staff” Louise Anley, Care Worker, Cardiff

“I saw your play Belonging at the Torch Theatre last night and wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. As a nurse I have looked after many people living with dementia and I felt that you got the subject absolutely right. I laughed, I cried, I found it very poignant and I wouldn't have missed it for the world” Sarah Easterfield, Nurse

For further information or to talk through your requirements, please contact: Karin Diamond, Re-Live Co-Director.

E: Karin@re-live.org.uk

HYFFORDDIANT DEMENTIA ARLOESOL YN DEFNYDDIO PWER THEATR

Drama ddwyieithog yw PERTHYN sydd yn adlewyrchu profiadau bywyd go iawn y bobl sydd yn byw gyda dementia, aelodau o’r teulu a bywydau gwaith y gweithwyr iechyd a chymdeithasol.

Cynlluniwyd yr hyfforddiant fel dull pwerus, cost-effeithiol o hyfforddiant dementia drwy ddefnyddio theatr ansawdd uchel iweithredu theori & gwybodaeth i mewn i ymarfer.

COST: £10 y person

AMSER HYFFORDDIANT: 2 awr

Mae PERTHYN yn fwy tebygol o ennyn newid dyfnach mewn agweddau, a datblygiad mwy o ymwybyddiaeth a thrugaredd nag hyfforddiant dementia mwy traddodiadol.

 

Dywedodd Mark Jones, Cynghorwr Gofal Dementia ar gyfer Gwasanaethau Cychwyniad Dementia'r Ifanc yng Nghaerdydd;

‘“Belonging/Perthyn takes us inside the everyday experiences of people living with dementia, families and professional carers. It enlightens, challenges and entertains all at the same time. Prepare for some myth busting!”

 

PWY ALL ELWA O’R HYFFORDDIANT YMA?

Timoedd galluogi, gweithwyr gofal, gweithwyr gofal cartref, rheolwyr gofal, rheolwyr gofal cartref, uwch ofalwyr, goruchwylwyr, goruchwylwyr gofal dydd, gweithwyr gofal dydd, gweithwyr cymdeithasol, gweithwyr cynnal A clinigwyr, staff y cyngor a swyddogion strategol.

 

CANLYNIADAU DYSGU

Bydd PERTHYN yn:

·      cynyddu gwybodaeth a dealltwriaeth am ddementia

·      ystyried anghenion y siaradwyr iaith Gymraeg gyda dementia

·      dileu’r mythau a’r stigma ynghylch y salwch

·      rhannu gwybodaeth ynglŷn ag ymddygiad sydd i’w ‘weld’ yn heriol

·      gwirio profiad y gweithwyr iechyd a gofal cymdeithasol

·      ymchwilio safbwynt y teuluoedd a ffyrdd newydd o weithio gyda theuluoedd

·      datblygu hyder yr hyfforddwyr i ddefnyddio sgiliau cyfathrebu di-eiriau

·      amlygu'r pwysigrwydd o amgylchedd a threfn

·      hyrwyddo cyfathrebu trugarog

·      dangos y pwysigrwydd o wybod stori bywyd person

 

 

Mae PERTHYN yn gwbl hygyrch ar gyfer siaradwyr iaith Gymraeg a’r di Gymraeg hefyd a bydd yn teithio’n genedlaethol yn ystod Mai a Mehefin 2016.

Casgliad o adborth gwerthuso oddi wrth beilot PERTHYN:

“Belonging needs to be shown to everyone, including private and domiciliary carers. Insightful, captivating, sad and brilliant” Dee Stott Rheolwr Tîm Ail-alluogi, Cyngor Sir Powys

"I can't tell you how much I enjoyed 'Belonging' it was inspiring. One of my staff who went to the show asked me if all staff in care homes would see it and I said I wasn't sure. She made a valid point, that after seeing it she felt so much empathy and compassion for the people the actors portrayed and she believed it would enable care staff who may not have had any personal involvement with dementia to empathise with not only the person but the families. This is a care staff member who finds it very difficult to engage on a personal level with residents". Dawn Curtis, Rheolwr Gofal, Cyngor Bro Morgannwg

“Belonging should be part of the induction process for anyone who is about to care for someone with dementia. Very powerful and will enhance people’s understanding of the condition” Sandra Gibbons, Cyngor Sir Powys

Karin Diamond, Cydgyfarwyddwr Re-Live:

E: Karin@re-live.org.uk