Dementia Support East Sussex (dses)
We take structured and interactive singing, activity and craft sessions into community day care centres and dedicated care homes supporting those living with dementia and offering respite opportunities for carers. From very small beginnings, as a not for profit organisation back in July 2014, we have expanded from one session per week to at least 25 sessions per month. We are now also a registered charity.
Our interactive singing, craft and movement sessions are unique in the fact that we approach every individual and make sure that everyone feels relaxed and at ease. We get to know our clients, have a real connection with them and make sure that we know the names of each and everyone one of them, there is no-one left out. For maximum therapeutic benefit our session programmes are uniquely designed and structured to involve all the senes and produce the greatest level of response from interaction. We regularly see some who have arrived silent and less communicative become animated, talkative and sociable. Others appearing sad or depressed immediately show signs of happiness and even those less mobile become more physically active. We know that stimulation is essential for the self esteem, well being and sense of purpose for those touched by dementia and singing and interaction is the perfect therapy.
Our mission is to support, bring joy, laughter, a sense of still belonging, a chance to reminisce, a sense of community and a moment of respite for carers. We will never tire of seeing our clients come alive, smiling, dancing, chatting, laughing, mouthing words and tapping their feet along to the music.
Our aims are to help those living with this very cruel condition to still feel that there is a life worth living, that they are are still important and that they have not been forgotten. We aim to reach out to as many people as we possibly can in our area to bring the wonder of music to them as we know it can soothe, stimulate and bring to mind long forgotten memories!