End of Life Pastoral Care and Visiting – facilitated discussion

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A facilitated discussion on end of life pastoral care and visiting in the wake of COVID-19.

This is an online event (via Zoom), organised in partnership with Growing Old Grace-fully and Faith in Elderly People.

The fourth in a series of four events to help explore how dying is something we can talk about and plan for.

Memorialising and Funerals – a facilitated discusssion

dead flower with seeds in a hand

A facilitated discussion about memorialising and funerals in the wake of COVID-19

This is an online event via Zoom, organised in partnership with Growing Old Grace-fully and Faith in Elderly People.

The third in a series of four events to help explore how dying is something we can talk about and plan for.

Let’s talk about death and dying – facilitated discussion

dead flower with seeds in a hand

A facilitated discussion to share personal stories and experiences in a safe space in the wake of COVID-19.

This is an online event via Zoom, organised in partnership with Growing Old Grace-fully and Faith in Elderly People.

The second in a series of four events to help explore how dying is something we can talk about and plan for.

*NEW* A Matter of Life and Death – seminar with Dr Lynn Bassett

dead flower with seeds in a hand

In the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic, join Dr Lynn Bassett to explore how dying is something we can talk about, plan for and manage.

Join Dr Lynn Bassett to explore how dying is something we can talk about, plan for and manage rather than something to fear and avoid discussing, in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic. It is aimed at helping ministers, pastoral visitors and others who visit the elderly, their carers and the bereaved. All welcome.

This is an online event, organised in partnership with Growing Old Grace-fully and Faith in Elderly People.

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Tea with Wendy

photo of wendy mitchellTalk by WENDY MITCHELL, author of best selling book “Somebody I Used to Know“, who is living with Young Onset Dementia. Free Entry. Tea and cakes for sale and Raffle. Information display.

This is how Wendy puts it:

I was diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia on 31st July 2014 at the age of 58 years young.

Post diagnosis, I was so shocked by the lack of awareness, both in the community and the clinical world, that I now spend all my time travelling around the country raising awareness and encouraging others to speak out in order to reduce the stigma associated with dementia.

I am now proud to be the author of the Sunday Times best seller, “Somebody I Used to Know”. Who would have thought this was possible 5 years ago when I was diagnosed?

This event has been organised by dementia-Frioendly Horsforth and they comment It is a free event, but we would like people to book on Eventbrite for ease of monitoring numbers.  Click this link to be taken to the Eventbrite booking page.

 

Dementia friendly performance: La bohème

poster for performanceOpera North will welcome those living with dementia and their families, friends and carers for a relaxed performance of Puccini’s La bohème on Thursday 24 October at 2.30pm at Leeds Grand Theatre. This popular tale of tragic romance is underpinned by Puccini’s beautiful music, here performed by an international cast of singers and full symphony orchestra.

During the production, bright lighting and loud noises will be reduced. Quiet spaces outside the auditorium will be available and there will be a relaxed attitude to people leaving and returning if people need a break.
Opera North is thrilled that its first ever dementia friendly performance compliments ‘Music for Dementia 2020’, a national campaign that highlights the positive social impact music has on those living with dementia.
Find out more about Opera North’s dementia friendly performance, along with tailored adaptations the Company will make for this performance online or by emailing access@operanorth.co.uk.

Price: £15 per person. Group bookings welcome with a free ticket for bookings of ten of more.

Mass with people living with disabilities, their carers, families and friends

“Differences are a richness. Because I have something and you have something else, and by putting the two together, we have something more suitable”
Pope Francis

To celebrate Disabilities Week, Caritas Leeds are holding a Mass with people living with disabilities, their carers, families and friends

on Sunday June 16th 2019, 3pm for 3:30pm

at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 6LE

Light refreshments will be served afterwards in the parish hall. You can bring food to share!

For further information, please contact Rev. Dr. Joseph D Cortis (Coordinator for Caritas Leeds) on joseph.cortis@dioceseofleeds.org.uk

SAVE THE DATE: Nurturing Catholic Residential Care for Older People

Caritas Leeds members are invited to a Caritas Learning Day on 11 July 2019 in Birmingham, to include:

– New theological reflection on care in an ageing society

– Improving the financial sustainability of provision

– Examples of spiritual care

– Opportunity to discuss how the regulatory landscape should be improved, to inform national advocacy

More information will be circulated soon. Please send indications of interest in attending to Lucy Jordan

Dementia Action Week 2019

Dementia Action Week (20 – 26 May 2019) unites people, workplaces, schools and communities to take action and improve the lives of people living with dementia.  

Almost all of us know someone affected by dementia. But too many people living with dementia report feeling cut off from their community, losing their friendships and facing dementia alone. Having dementia shouldn’t mean an isolated life. And it doesn’t have to. Simple actions from us all can create supportive communities – where people living with the condition can continue to socialise with others, hop on the bus, go to their favourite shops or take part in local activities for as long as possible.

We have a role to play in making the UK a dementia-friendly place to live and that’s what Dementia Action Week is all about.

Leeds Diocese is officially Dementia Friendly, as a member of the Dementia Action Alliance (Yorkshire & Humberside) and the Diocesan Action Plan is on their website here . Part of the Action Plan is to develop spiritual resources for parishes and individuals to use, which will be available online.  Deacon Joe Cortis, Co-ordinator for Caritas Leeds, has led the development of short guidelines for priests, ministers and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist for offering communion to a person with dementia which are available here.