Christmas Connections

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Community Circles is all about people; who we know in our local community, what gifts and assets people and communities have and developing reciprocal relationships.  For the people we support at EachStep Blackburn who live with dementia, keeping connected to their local community is really important.  Our developing relationships are growing like a spiders web and enabling widening connections with individuals and organisations.

As Community Circles Connector, part of my role is to map our local community, intentionally reaching out to build connections.  I’m very grateful of the support I have to further develop connections and personal introductions are always much appreciated.

Nick Riley from Landscape Engineering is involved in some work both at EachStep and at Longshaw Infants School and has introduced me to the Headteacher, Andrea Batley and her staff team.

Through meeting with Andrea at Longshaw Infants school, we have been invited to the school for their carol performance and to church to join with their school mass.  We were made very welcome at school and 90 of the children have also visited EachStep to perform their nativity.  The children’s nativity was a delight to watch and very much enjoyed by the people we support.

We have lots of ideas to continue our relationship and next year we are planning to support the schools forest garden, doing a session with the children to make insect boxes and bird feeders.  At the end of each project the children are involved with, they make a film and we have offered the use of our cinema room for the children to share their film and celebrate their achievements.

The relationship between the care home and the school means that the people we support can develop valued relationships where they can share their skills and children learn new things.  It enables the people we support to have a purpose, which is sometimes often forgotten for people living in a care home.  The children have the opportunity to celebrate their achievements in a new environment and the connections helps us to promote a dementia friendly community and support generational relationships which benefit everyone.