Given the current crisis with Covid-19, I just wanted to issue an update about the 'Simon CST Dementia Blog' and where things stand.
Sadly, the 'Cariad Dementia Cafe' and 'Friendship Group' have both been put on hold until further notice. It is my intention to stop doing the weekly 'Dementia Cafe' news round up / short CST session blogs - unless you really want me to carry on with them? Please let me know...
I will carry on with the weekly themed CST activities pages, as they are mostly good to go with minor updates and refinements.
Also, I will get a few more standalone quiz pages up and running. I have one on 'Animals On TV' nearly good to go. These pages seem to have been the most liked recently.
I am very aware that people living with dementia both at home and in care homes and wards will continue to need cognitive stimulation and may have reduced opportunities for community based activities, so on-line resources will become even more important.
To this end, please can you let others know of this free on-line open access resource library.
Here is an update on analytics for the last 3 months:
- Blog activity (visits) - 911 (up 71%)
- Unique visitors - 417 (up 24%)
- New subscriptions - 7
(Noting that anyone can access the activities pages without subscribing!)
- Internet subscribers - 65
- Twitter followers - 149
- Instagram (new) followers -102
Of course, there are also our 'Cariad Dementia Cafe' and 'Friendship Group' members (who help test out all the materials on these pages), who amount to circa 24.
Given the potential number of users (hard to know exact figures as there may be crossover), feedback is relatively sparse. When I do hear from you it means so much and helps keep me going.
Some recent feedback:
Diane Saralis - "Love this Simon. I've been super busy and needed to come up with an idea for tomorrow's group and this popped into my mail box!! Yet again, a massive thank you. Really appreciate your work." ('Musicals Picture Quiz')
Natalie - "Happy St David's Day from (name of ward). Thanks to Alison for bringing in cakes and the amazing CST resource @simon_dementia. Our patients smashed the quiz. Lots of happy memories shared and knowledge gained!"
Angela Downing - "Great resource for any activity providers out there. Useful for any paid or unpaid carers to use with friends and family members."
Matthew Gwyn Lloyd - "Absolutely amazing Simon. Love this." ('Valentine's Day' CST activities page.)
Tim Nicholls - "Super session. Very much enjoyed by all." ('Dementia Cafe' 1st February)
Tim Lihoreau ('Classic FM') - "Absolutely honoured." (When asked permission to use his 'Gone But Not Forgotten' graphic.)
I'll close by wishing everyone well during this difficult time. Stay safe and happy x
Thanks for your support over recent months.