Let’s Talk Dementia Conference 2019

Let’s Talk Dementia Conference 2019

As part of (20th – 26th May) in Bromley borough, Orpington 1st is sponsoring a unique, borough-wide dementia conference, working with the Bromley Dementia Support Hub.

The conference will bring together individuals living with dementia, their carers, charities, local public services, organisations and businesses to discuss, connect with and support people affected by dementia in Bromley borough.

Please join us to hear informed contributions from guest speakers, including people diagnosed and living with dementia, and the local businesses and organisations taking action to improve their daily lives.

This is an opportunity to develop new partnerships and learn about the changes you, your organisation and community can make to help local people living with dementia live well in Bromley borough.


Guest Speakers


Sharon Baldwin

Executive Director Orpington First BID Team


Samantha Buckland

Bromley DAA Member Engagement & Marketing Lead

Samantha is a portfolio pharmacist and an independent consultant of her own health and wellbeing business. She has worked across various sectors of pharmacy including community, hospital, primary care, general practice and care homes and is now an education supervisor with CPPE giving postgraduate level mentoring for pharmacy professionals on the NHS England pathways; clinical pharmacists in general practice and medicines optimisation in care homes and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Foundation Pharmacist programme.

This fits well with her passion to support those living well with dementia. Both professionally looking at research into better nutrition, health and wellbeing of those with dementia in care homes, and voluntarily supporting the Bromley DAA as their member engagement and marketing lead.

Samantha is also sectional assistant with her local scout troop, a part-time carer, full-time mum and part-time marathon walker.


Angela Clayton Turner

Chair, Bromley Dementia Action Alliance


Hilary Duxford

At the age of 53, Hilary Duxford was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. She is an Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society and also a member of their Research Network. Following her attendance at the 2013 G8 Dementia Summit, she was appointed to the World Dementia Council in 2015 and is a former Vice-Chair of the European Working Group of People with Dementia. Speaking nationally and internationally as a person living with dementia she participates in research studies, champions ‘Join Dementia Research’ and is a founder member of the Three Nations Dementia Working Group. She is a member of many committees and steering groups including the Government’s Dementia Programme Board chaired by Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Health and Social Care.


Colin Capper

Head of Research Development and Evaluation, Alzheimer’s Society (UK)

Colin Capper has worked in dementia care for over 15 years, within home care, residential care, and as a dementia support worker for the Alzheimer’s Society before going on to manage services for the Society across London. Colin managed the Society’s Service Development Team and led the development of Dementia Adviser Services, Carer Information and Support Programme, and initiated projects to develop and test innovative services for people affected by dementia from South Asian backgrounds, and self-management interventions for people with dementia.

Since moving into Research and Development, Colin has been responsible for evaluation and impact measurement, including the development of the Society’s Impact Framework, research translation and innovation and contributed to the development and delivery of the Society’s New Deal on Dementia Strategy in establishing and working with our research Centres of Excellence. Colin has an MSc in Dementia Studies and has a special interest in evaluating the impact of Dementia Friendly Initiatives and the role Technology can play in improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of dementia.


Naomi Gallant

Occupational Therapy Lead, Churchill & Elizabeth Wards, Orpington Hospital, College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Dr Adrian Treloar

Consultant – Older People’s Mental Health Services, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust



The Let’s Talk Bromley dementia conference will be held at The Odeon Cinema, The Walnuts Shopping Centre, Orpington, BR6 0TW on Thursday 23rd May 2019, from 9am until 12pm.

Book Your Free Place

Admission is free but please book your place on Eventbrite

or contact

Nicola Fishman
Tel: 020 8315 1885

If you care, be there.

From arts, crafts, exercise and singing groups, find out more about local Bromley Dementia Action Week 2019 events, running from 20th – 26th May 2019.

Alan Volunteers to Support Bryan Living with Dementia

Alan Volunteers to Support Bryan Living with Dementia

Alan who has recently retired, has been visiting Bryan who has dementia for nearly a year now. Bryan lives with his wife a few streets away.

Bryan was a carpenter and he is very happy pottering around with bits and pieces.

He takes an interest in the outside world, particularly the exteriors of buildings. This is because of his career in building refurbishment. Bryan is a physically active man who likes to be on his feet. In truth, he doesn’t like to sit still! With this in mind, Alan has taken his lead and makes sure that he and Bryan go out and about on his weekly visits. This was a challenge through the cold Winter months but even then, Bryan was keen to go out. They take the dog for a walk, visit the local pub or take a bus to a café in Bromley or to the garden centre at Swanley. If the weather is really bad, they play board games at home.

Bryan benefits from some male company with someone who understands dementia and has patience and understanding and Alan benefits too:

“I enjoy my time with Bryan and I am happy to volunteer two hours of my week to take him out. It’s also good to give his family a break from their caring responsibilities.”

 The Bromley Dementia Support Hub is always looking for https://www.bromleydementiasupporthub.org.uk/volunteer/Volunteer Dementia Befrienders to offer one to one companionship for people recently diagnosed with dementia, to support them with activities in the home and local community.

The need is great and we welcome both men and women and we would like to see more men coming forward.

Eleanor Beardsley, Volunteer Befriending Worker with the Bromley Dementia Support Hub, 

“Our befriending service depends on volunteers giving a few hours of their time a week to spend with people with dementia. Without befriending support, many people experience loneliness and isolation, both of which have been recognised as harmful to health. The service does help people diagnosed with dementia have more social interaction, increasing their confidence, do more and live as well as possible with dementia.”

With ongoing support and training, find out more about joining our team of Volunteer Dementia Befrienders. Contact Eleanor Beardsley on 020 8315 1871 or eleanor.beardsley@dementiahub.org.uk

Bromley Business and Dementia Event

The Bromley Dementia Action Alliance (BDAA) is inviting local businesses in Bromley to a “Dementia Means Business” event as part of its third annual meeting.

The event will take place on Tuesday 16th October 2018, 12pm – 2.30pm at Crofton Halls, Orpington, BR6 8PR.

The BDAA is arranging a programme packed with information, advice and personal experience with keynote speaker, Emma Bould, author of the Dementia-Friendly Business Guide.

To reserve a place book at Eventbrite and use password BDAA.


Bromley Dementia Action Week 2018

Bromley Dementia Action Week 2018

Dementia Action Week ran from 21 – 27 May 2018 and there were many events taking place across the London Borough of Bromley to raise awareness about dementia and encourage people, businesses and organisations to take action to support people affected by dementia.




Orpington town centre was once again at the heart of Dementia Action Week events in Bromley borough. Led by Orpington 1st and the Bromley Dementia Support Hub,  there were multiple events in and around Orpington High Street.

Local businesses and organisations were invited to the Virtual Dementia Tour on Orpington High Street – a powerful, interactive experience of what it can be like to have dementia. 26 people from local businesses had their sight, hearing, touch and mobility temporarily impaired, to experience how dementia may affect a person and cause problems in their everyday lives. The experience helped better understand how their business and organisations can better support people living with dementia and the dementia is much more than just memory loss.

Tesco Orpington held a Dementia Fair for the general public, hosting stalls from local dementia charities and services, providing information to customers with about the support available to both people living with dementia and their carers.

Read more about Orpington Dementia Action Week events.


Animal Therapy, Music and Dance at Bromley MindCare Dementia Support

Elderly man dancing with carers

Bromley MindCare Dementia Support Centres ran music, dance and animal-assisted therapy events to help people at the centre to live well with dementia.

Read and see more.


Celebrating the Royal Wedding with Mytime Active

People celebrating the Royal Wedding during Dementia Action Week

Over 85 people attended an indoor street party to celebrate both the Royal Wedding and Dementia Action Week 2018 run by Mytime Active. The Crofton Halls venue was festooned with bunting and we were all treated to performances from Primetime tap dancers and a live three-piece band, whilst guests enjoyed afternoon tea and cake.

Paul Robson and his Mytime Active team were awarded the ‘Forget Me Not’ sticker to display at The Walnuts Leisure Centre in Orpington. The Walnuts is the first Mytime Active leisure centre to receive this recognition as a dementia-friendly business.

Ann Wilbourn and Chris King have created over 150 Dementia Friends in the borough 27 of those were during Dementia Action Week at Dementia Friends sessions led by Chris. Biggin Hill, The Pavilion, Beckenham Public Hall and West Wickham Leisure Centres have all started the journey to becoming recognised as dementia-friendly sites.


Service at St James the Great Church

On Sunday 20th May, a service was held at St James the Great Church in Petts Wood to mark the start of Dementia Awareness Week. Led by Father David Camilleri, it was a beautiful time of poetry, singing and prayer with an opportunity for our guests to receive a blessing from Father David should they so wish. The service was followed by refreshments served by the church’s Girl Guide unit and helping them towards earning their Community Badge. The occasion reflected the importance of reaching out and caring for the wider community.


Dementia Action Week at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH)

Staff at the Princess Royal University Hospital on Farnborough Common in Orpington, launched Dementia Action Week 2018 also celebrating the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with patients on some wards. Music, songs, quizzes and reminiscence activities gave patients the change to get together and chat with each other on Friday 18th May.

Princess Royal University Hospital staff at the cake and information stand during Dementia Action Week 2018

Three other days during Dementia Action Week saw Princess Royal University Hospital host a cake and dementia information stand. Staff had enthusiastically overwhelmed the stand with home baked cakes exchanged for donations from people visiting the stand. All donations will go towards purchasing activities for our dementia patients in the hospital.



Co-op Cash Helps West Wickham’s Memory Box Dementia Cafe

Co-op Cash Helps West Wickham’s Memory Box Dementia Cafe

Pictured above: Ann Jones (Co-operative Funeralcare, West Wickham) Cllr Kathy Bance (Mayor of Bromley), Lyn Eustace (Chair of Memory Box Dementia Café), Unity Slade Howard President of Ravenswood (West Wickham) WI and Neil Ingole (Co-op Food Stores, Coney Hall)

The Memory Box Café for people living with dementia based in West Wickham now plans to run twice a month thanks to extra funds from the Co-op Local Community Fund.

Bromley Mayor Councillor Kathy Bance, who visited Memory Box Dementia Café in November 2017, presented a cheque from the Co-op for £2,300.66 to Ravenswood (West Wickham) Women’s Institute (WI) outside the Co-op Food Store at Coney Hall on Saturday 25th November 2017.

Ravenswood (West Wickham) WI runs Memory Box Café at the Emmanuel Church in The Grove, West Wickham. This money raised by Co-op Coney Hall, along with other fundraising, will allow the Cafe to run twice a month from February, on the first and third Friday of each month.

The Memory Box Café is run by volunteers and, for the past 18 months, has provided free entertainment, information, fun and refreshments for people living with dementia and their carers.

The project is part of Ravenswood (West Wickham) WI’s work to make West Wickham a dementia friendly community.