Bangor University working towards becoming a ‘Dementia friendly' University

 

 

 

Around the world, many organisations are actively working to develop dementia friendly communities. This requires everyone to share responsibility for ensuring that people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community.

Building on the well-established track record of research excellence at Bangor, in November 2018 a Steering Group was established to discuss how Bangor University would work towards becoming a dementia friendly university.

Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Jerry Hunter said, "this development is hugely important and one that fits in with the ethos and vision of Bangor University. Given the history of the good work in dementia care that has taken place at the university over the years, and given all the work of bridging dementia and the arts, this is a natural step for Bangor and one that is very welcome."

Becoming a dementia friendly university is not going to happen overnight, but there are some fantastic projects that are already underway across the University.  

  • ‘Pontio’ the arts and innovation centre, has been active in raising awareness about dementia through performances and community projects such as ‘Voices’, where secondary school children visited residents in a local care home. The weekly conversations were recorded and performed as a play. Front of house staff in Pontio have attended Dementia Friends awareness sessions to ensure they are equipped to welcome those living with dementia to the centre. They also provide a free seat to carers or family members accompanying a person living with dementia to films or shows.
  • DSDC Wales Research Centre have delivered dementia friends awareness sessions to 398 people (as at 20/11/2019). For further information about sessions, please contact Jen Roberts (j.roberts@bangor.ac.uk).
 

Bangor University Dementia Friendly Steering Group

Member

 

James Ibell

Expert by experinece

Glenda Roberts

Expert by experinece

Ifor Roberts

Expert by experience

Jerry Hunter

Deputy Vice Chancellor

Gaz Williams

Students Union

Mair Rowlands

Students Union

Alistair O’Mahoney

Student

Shari Llewelyn

Creative Producer Pontio Arts

Sharon Roberts

PONTIO Senior Front of House & Facilities Manager

Ian Davies-Abbott

Lecturer

Gill Windle

Professor of Ageing and Dementia Research

Catrin Hedd Jones Chairperson 2018-2020

Lecturer

Mirain Roberts
Sec. 2018-2019

Student

Jennifer Roberts
Deputy Sec. 2019-2020

Researcher

Kat Algar-Skaife
Deputy Sec. 2019-2020

Researcher

Actions selected for 2019 -2020

Calendar of 1st years planned events linked to working towards Bangor becoming a Dementia Friendly University

Date

Dementia Friends/ Champions sessions (C)

Audit of access by PLWD

Relaxed Film screening and song Pontio

Public event

Steering group meeting

June 2019

3

 

 

 

 

July

 

 

 

 

 

August

 

 

 

9th
Eisteddfod launch Welsh CD

 

September

1

 

1

Serendipity

1

October

3

1

 

 

 

November

1

 

 

 

 

December

 

 

 

 

 

January 2020

1

 

 

 

 

February

C

 

1

 

 

March

 

1

 

 

1

April

 

 

 

 29th Intergenerational sports day TBC

 

May

1

 

1

 

 

 

Terms of Reference

The terms of reference can be found here: Terms of Reference

 

Student Involvement

Volunteering opportunities supported by the Students Union: Cynnwys y Myfyrwyr_Student Involvement

 

Minutes from Steering Group Meetings

8th October 2019

 

Gallery

 

 

Contact details

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