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Simon O’Donovan MBE has worked in NHS Wales for most of his adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

He recently retired from working as a Community Mental Health Nurse within a Young Onset Dementia Service and continues to contribute to weekly CST 'Friendship Group' sessions as a volunteer co-facilitator.

 

He has been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive tried and tested activities resources, with the ultimate aim of providing an 'off the shelf' resource library of weekly themed CST sessions which can be used on rotation throughout the year. 

 

The main aim of this website is to share experience and resources freely, in order that others can dip in and out and use some or all of the materials provided in their own CST work. Thus it is hoped, facilitating and supporting the provision of uplifting and enjoyable sessions that optimise people with dementia's quality of life.

This site is not owned by or affiliated to any organisation. It’s a personal commitment, a not for profit exchange of ideas and a resource library which aims to enable more widespread use of CST approaches for people with dementia. 

To this end, 'Guest Blogs' are VERY welcome, but bearing in mind that no images of clients are to be used without their express written informed consent.

Please note that some images are reproduced on this blog from the internet under the 'fair use copyright' principle, in that they will only be used for educational purposes with disability groups and in no way will be linked to profit making activities.

 

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1st March - "Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus" Happy Saint David's Day



Take time during the quiz to ask if people have visited any of these places in Wales, or if they would like to. Encourage reminiscences and story telling. Going off at tangents is absolutely to be encouraged. Reduce content if needs be. Stop for singalongs as feels appropriate. There is a 'Welsh Songs' Spotify playlist here with some classics to choose from - https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3lNDD0oKgRVVXtj8x2IRHt?si=FSJMxSDdSWuKcGgGFK92EQ Add in some Welsh food items, as listed below (see Q.39), to help make the session even more multi-sensory. You can keep score if you want to, depending on your group, but don't be competitive about it. Any and all contributions are to be welcomed, including half answers, singing, gestures, ooh's and aah's. Give prompts as necessary, such as initials, first letters and 'sounds like'. Have a prize for the whole group to share, or compete as two tables so as not to inadvertently highlight any poor cognitive performance. Most important of all, have fun with it x

As the old saying goes, "A smile is worth a thousand words". The photo album is linked here - https://photos.app.goo.gl/ThLNAmmgU8KQRhEv7

You could print off pictures for the tables to help aid place recognition and discussion?



NB. Please take care if any members were affected by the incidents mentioned in Qs 22 & 31. The importance of biographical assessment is highlighted in many of these activities.


QUESTIONS

1. What is this bridge called? How much is it to cross?

2. What is this bridge and where is it? There is another in the UK. Where is it?

3. Where would you find the village with the longest name? Can anyone pronounce it correctly? Does anyone know what it means. (A point for each correct word)



4. What is the name of this place in North Wales which has been designed like an Italian village? Which sci fi TV series was filmed there?


5. What are the names of this beach and headland in The Gower? How long is the beach? (Nearest guess gets the point)


6. What is the name of this statue in Llandaff Cathedral? Who designed it?


7. Which Welsh author used to write in this Boathouse? Where is it? What is the title of his most famous poem?


8. Who is this monument dedicated to? What is the name of the ship depicted on top?


9. Where is this castle? Which comedian has a statue dedicated to him nearby?


10. What date was the Investiture Of The Prince Of Wales? (Two points if correct month and year) In which castle did it take place?

(Does anyone remember getting a mug?)


11. Which seaside resort is this? Which TV comedy series was filmed here?

(Does anyone remember 'Miners' Fortnight'?)


12. What is this seaside resort called? What is the island nearby?


13. What is the name of this railway? How high does it climb? (Nearest guess gets the point)

14. What is the name of this church and where is it? Which famous author was Christened here?


15. What is the name of this historic aquaduct? On which canal would you find it?


16. Where you find the 'National Show Caves Of Wales'? What 'animals' are displayed outside?


17. Where is the 'National Folk Museum Of Wales'? Which Cardiff pub is currently being reconstructed there?


18. Where is the tallest building in Wales? How many stories are there? (Nearest guess gets the point)


19. Where would you find this castle? In which year did the 5th Marquess Of Bute give the castle and it's parks to the people?


20. In which year did 'The Principality Stadium' open? What is its maximum capacity?


21. What is the name of 'The National Coal Museum Of Wales? Where would you find it?


22. Where would you find this monument? Who is it dedicated to?


23. What is written on the outside of the Wales Millennium Centre? Who is the main theatre space named after?


24. What is the name of this 'fairytale' castle? Where would you find it?


25. Which monastery is this? What is the name of the historic and environment agency that serves this and other historic monuments in Wales? What does it's Welsh name mean?


26. Where would you find Wales International Airport? Which airline flies everyday to Doha from here?


27. What is this 'greenhouse' a part of? Where would you find it?

28. Which headland does this tramway run up? Where is it?


29. Where would you find 'Zip World', the fastest zipwire run in the world? How fast would you travel, if you chose to take on 'Velocity 2'?


30. Where is the UK's smallest city? What is its population?


31. Where would you find this monument? Who is it to?


32. Which children's TV show is this? What is the name of the railway?


33. Which Bay is Cardiff Bay Barrage built across? (Shirley Bassey connection) What is the tidal range (second biggest in the world) which gave it it's name?


34. Which 'experience' used to be based here? Which adversary featured on the brown tourist information signs to it?


35. What was the name of this children's TV show? Where was it set?


36. Where would you find this (reputedly) oldest pub in Wales? Which county is it in?


37. In which Welsh manor house can you go on a ghost tour? Where is it?


38. Which town in mid Wales has an annual book (arts and literature) festival? Where does this river meet the sea?


39. Name as many traditional Welsh foods items as you can? (A point for each. These last two questions give a chance to ramp up your/your team's score)


40. How many animals are there on 'Animal Wall' outside Cardiff Castle? Name as many of them as you can? (A point for each)


ANSWERS 1. What is this bridge called? PRINCE OF WALES BRIDGE How much is it to cross? FREE SINCE 17 DECEMBER 2018 2. What is this bridge and where is it? TRANSPORTER BRIDGE, NEWPORT There is another in the UK. Where is it? MIDDLESBOROUGH 3. Where would you find the village with the longest name in the UK? ANGLESSEY Can anyone pronounce it correctly? Does anyone know what it means. (A point for each correct word) Llanfairpwllgwyngyll translates as "St Mary's church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the fierce whirlpool of St Tysilio of the red cave" 4. What is the name of this place in North Wales which has been designed like an Italian village? PORTMEIRION Which sci fi TV series was filmed there? THE PRISONER 5. What are the names of this beach and headland in The Gower? RHOSSILI BAY & WORMS HEAD How long is the beach? (Nearest guess gets the point) 3 MILES (5 KM) 6. What is the name of this statue in Llandaff Cathedral? CHRIST IN MAJESTY Who designed it? SIR ROGER EPSTEIN 7. Which Welsh author used to write in this Boathouse? 8. DYLAN THOMAS Where is it? LAUGHARNE Can anyone name his most famous poem? DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT 8. Who is this monument dedicated to? CAPTAIN ROBERT FALCON SCOTT What is the name of the ship depicted on top? TERRA NOVA 9. Where is this castle? CAERPHILLY Which comedian has a statue dedicated to him nearby? TOMMY COOPER 10. What date was the Investiture Of The Prince Of Wales? (Two points if correct month and year) 1ST JULY 1969 In which castle did it take place? CAERNARFON 11. Which seaside resort is this? BARRY ISLAND Which TV comedy series was filmed here? GAVIN AND STACEY 12. What is this seaside resort called? TENBY What is the island nearby? CALDEY 13. What is the name of this railway? SNOWDON MOUNTAIN RAILWAY How high is the mountain it climbs? (Nearest guess gets the point) 3,599 FT / 1,085M (above sea level) 14. What is the name of this church and where is it? NORWEGIAN CHURCH, CARDIFF BAY Which famous author was Christened here? ROALD DAHL (His most famous works include: 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory' 'The BFG' 'James And The Giant Peach' 'Fantastic Mr Fox' 'Matilda') 15. What is the name of this historic aquaduct? PONTCYSYLLTE On which canal would you find it? LLANGOLLEN 16. Where you find the 'National Show Caves Of Wales'? DAN YR OGOF What 'animals' are displayed outside? DINOSAURS 17. Where is the 'National Folk Museum Of Wales'? ST FAGANS Which Cardiff pub is currently being reconstructed there? THE VULCAN HOTEL 18. Where is the tallest building in Wales? THE TOWER, MERIDIAN QUAY, SWANSEA BAY How many stories are there? (Nearest guess gets the point) 29 19. Where would you find this castle? CARDIFF In which year did the 5th Marquess Of Bute give the castle and it's parks to the people? 1947 20. In which year did 'The Principality Stadium' open? 1999 (Even though it was called 'The Millennium Stadium', it opened early in 1999 to host the 'Rugby World Cup' and 'The Manic street Preachers' millennium gig. Thanks @sunshineinwelsh for the clarification x ) What is its maximum capacity? 74,500 21. What is the name of 'The National Coal Museum Of Wales? BIG PIT Where would you find it? BLAENAVON 22. Where would you find this monument? THE GUARDIAN OF THE VALLEYS, ABERTILLERY Who is it dedicated to? THE 45 MINERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE SIX BELLS DISASTER ON 28TH JUNE 1960 23. What is written on the outside of the Wales Millennium Centre? CREU GWIR FEL GWYDR O FFWRNAIS AWEN Which translates as: CREATING TRUTH LIKE GLASS FROM INSPIRATION'S FURNACE The English words are: IN THESE STONES HORIZONS SING Which renowned Welsh composer and singer is there a statue to outside? IVOR NOVELLO (His two most famous songs are: 'Keep The Home Fires Burning' 'We'll Gather Lilacs') 24. What is the name of this 'fairytale' castle? CASTELL COCH Where would you find it? TAFF'S WELL 25. Which monastery is this? TINTERN What is the name of the historic and environment agency that serves this and other historic monuments in Wales? CADW What does it's Welsh name mean? 'KEEP' OR 'PRESERVE' 26. Where would you find Wales' International Airport? RHOOSE Which airline flies everyday to Doha from here? QATAR 27. What is this 'greenhouse' a part of? NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN OF WALES Where would you find it? LLANARTHNE 28. Which headland does this tramway run up? GREAT ORME Where is it? LLANDUDNO 29. Where would you find 'Zip World', the fastest zipwire run in the world? PENRHYN QUARRY, BETHESDA How fast would you travel, if you chose to take on 'Velocity 2'? 100MPH + 30. Where is the UK's smallest city? ST DAVID'S What is its population? JUST OVER 1,600 31. Where would you find this monument? ABERFAN Who is it to? THE 116 CHILDREN AND 28 ADULTS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE DISASTER THERE ON 21ST OCTOBER 1966 32. Which children's TV show is this? IVOR THE ENGINE What is the name of the railway? MERIONETH AND LLANTISILY RAIL TRACTION COMPANY LTD 33. Which Bay is Cardiff Bay Barrage built across? (Shirley Bassey connection) TIGER BAY What is the tidal range (second biggest in the world) which gave it it's name? 43.11FT / 13.14M 34. Which 'experience' used to be based here? DOCTOR WHO Which adversary featured on the brown tourist information signs to it? DALEK 35. What was the name of this children's TV show? FIREMAN SAM Where was it set? PONTYPANDY 36. Where would you find this (reputedly) oldest pub in Wales? BLUE ANCHOR, ABERTHAW Which county is it in? VALE OF GLAMORGAN 37. In which Welsh manor house can you go on a ghost tour? LLANCAIACH FAWR MANOR Where is it? NELSON, TREHARRIS 38. Which town in mid Wales has an annual book (arts and literature) festival? HAY ON WYE Where does this river meet the sea? SEVERN ESTUARY 39. Name as many traditional Welsh foods items as you can? (A point for each. These last two questions give a chance to ramp up your/your team's score)

WELSH LAMB WELSH CAKES BARA BRITH LAVA READ CAWL FAGGOTS GLAMORGAN SAUSAGES WELSH RAREBIT 40. How many animals are there on 'Animal Wall' outside Cardiff Castle? Name as many of them as you can? (A point for each)

14 PELICAN ANTEATER RACOON LEOPARD BEAVER VULTURE HYENA WOLF APES BEAR LIONESS LYNX TWO LIONS (LEFT AND RIGHT FACING) WITH SHIELDS SEAL (Ask if anyone remembers the statue of 'Billy The Seal' at Cardiff's Victoria Park?) We'll, that's it. I hope this picture quiz has inspired you to visit some more places in Wales. "Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus" "Happy Saint David's Day" Diolch!


PS. Please add any places you think I have missed in the 'comments' option below.

This has just been a whistle stop tour around Wales. There is so much more to see in 'The Land Of Our Fathers'.

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