Just Beverley - Latest Issue - Flipbook - Page 14
Does someone you love live
with dementia? Here, we
share some top tips to
that bit easier
Julian's Cycling for
Over the course of April, Julian Minshall, Editor of Just Beverley,
challenged himself to cycle a minimum of 300 miles in 30 days to raise
money for Dementia Friendly East Riding (DFER). Here’s how he got on…
When he started the challenge, all
in aid of supporting DFER who have
faced many problems over the past
year of lockdowns with finding ways
to raise money, Julian had only
cycled 60 miles this year.
When we think about communication, our first thoughts land on
speech. Although we rely on talking on a daily basis, communication
actually consists of more than just verbal conversation.
For example, there’s
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East Riding Dementia Friendly needs your help.
someone with dementia, as with many other situations in life, talking isn’t
We need Fiddle Muffs, Fiddle Aprons, & Dementia Fiddle Bench Tops.
the most effective method of exchanging information.
One month later and he has beaten
his target of 300 miles, going on
to raise in excess of £1374.00 and
reach 475 miles, (at the time of going
to print), which he is adamant would
not have been achievable without
the support of everyone behind him.
All it takes is for a glance down the
donations page and comments to
see how the Beverley community
has rallied to support Julian, which
gave him the extra motivation to dig
deeper and aim to cycle 500 miles.
So, here we present some helpful ideas to give you a head start:
• Acknowledge what the person has said. Even if the person you’re
communicating with doesn't directly answer your question, let them
that you've heard them. Perhaps encourage them to say more;
The competition is FREE to enter and you can enter as many times as you like. To enter
trying to tell you.
Fiddle Muffs -These can be knitted, crocheted or made of fabric. There are patterns on our web• Use gestures,
site or you can use your own. There should be at least six interesting items outside and at least
four inside. Please remember to secure the interesting fiddly bits well
& that they are
Fiddle Apron - this is like a small quilt (three layers – backing, wadding
top) and quilted together and has two apron strings to tie round the waist to prevent itPhysical
slipping off signs
the floor. Ideal size from 15 x 15 inches to 30 x 30 inches (38cm to 77cm). There should be at
body language can
least eight fiddly items. Again please secure the fiddle bits well and that they are washable.
Julian said: “I can’t express enough how much more difficult this
challenge would have been to do alone. Having a great team of people
behind you gives you that extra push and makes you accountable. I
want to thank everyone for
the encouragement, support
and community spirit I have
all convey meaning
Fiddle Bench – Interesting fiddly items attached to a board or thin piece of wood. Please ensure
all bits are attached, ie no bit that can escape or drop on the floor and
prevent splinters. Item to be no bigger than 20 inches (50cm) on any
Shortlisted entries will be displayed on our website and the best entry
category will be
awarded a prize. No items will be returned. They will be distributed to those in need and some
may be used to raise much needed funds for the Charity.
Completed entries are to be labelled with Name, address, postcode, contact number and email
more challenging for
address and attached to the item and sent to –
person living with
C/o The Royal Bridlington
Bridlington. YO15 3NP
for more details, pattern
and full terms
Local entries can be dropped off into collection box in porch duringexpressions
help you understand
how the person is
• Use Humour.
help to bring you
closer together and
may relieve some
pressure. Living with
dementia can be hard on everyone, so lightening the load a little can
only be a positive thing, and a smile does wonders.
• Become an active listener. Listening is an essential aspect of any
conversation, but perhaps more so when engaging with someone with
dementia. Perhaps particular words elude them, or they say a similar or
related word instead. Read between the lines and look for non-verbal
cues such as facial expressions and body language too. Use all the
information you have.
• Let the person express their feelings. If the person feels sad, don’t
immediately try to cheer them up or persuade them otherwise.
Showing you care by just listening is sometimes the best method of
• Use physical contact to provide reassurance. Holding, stroking or
patting the person's hand, or putting your arm around them might be all
that they need. It lets them know that you're there for them.
“I strongly believe that anyone
can achieve anything with a
supportive team behind them.
The comments and donations
I have received alone are
testament to the incredible
As people have been isolated
due to the pandemic over the
last year, many jumped into
action to support and motivate
Julian by accompanying him for
numerous miles of his journey,
pushing him right until the end.
Mandy Aitken, said: “On behalf
of Dementia Friendly East Riding I’d like to thank Julian and everyone who
supported his fundraising ride. It’s been a challenging year for us as many
of our usual activities have not been able to carry on. Now as communities
start to re-open, we intend to get back to our projects which aim to support
those living with dementia, and raise awareness of the challenges dementia
brings to people living with it, as well as their families.”
“Some of our previous projects have been the reminisce gardens at Castle
Hill and Sewerby Hall, and support of the dementia friendly screenings
at The Parkway Cinema.
Upcoming projects include
a Memory Walk through
Beverley Town Centre and
COVID permitting, a visit
from the Virtual Dementia
You can see the breakdown
of Julian’s mileage and
perhaps a few familiar faces
who joined in along the way
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