Project information

Activities for People with Dementia

Dementia is a progressive disorder. although it cannot be cured it progress can be slowed. The best ways are through mental and physical stimulation. We have found that the iPad is a very useful tool for mental stimulation. Similarly, regular physical exercise is also beneficial

March 2018 - February 2019

Charity information: Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell

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  • Need


    The scourge of Dementia, which affects over 3,000 people in Sandwell alone. It cannot yet be treated but it can be managed


    Stimulating mental and physical activities slow the progress of the disorder. In addition, meeting in a group is beneficial and helps to reduce social isolation. While members are engaged in group activities their carers have the opportunity for a brief respite break.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To delay the progress of dementia in people experiencing this disorder


    » The use of iPads to provide mental stimuli through problem- and puzzle-solving and as a source of interaction between members and the tutor
    » Physical activities to ensure the member remains physicaly fit. Veryy important are the beneficial effects of stimulating blood flow to the bra
    » Visits to local places of interst such as the black Country Museum, which provides an opportunity for reminiscing and stimulating the memory.

    What success will look like

    Success will be in the number of people reglarly attending these sessions and in the enjoyment that they get from them.

  • Impact


    Nobody is cured from dementia, they just get less worse. What we are doing delays the progress of the disorder, thereby improving the quality of life. We can demonstraste this by conducting surveys of our members and also of the families/carers.


    We have experience of running these programmes already. Our staff and volunteers are trained and DBS checked. We aim to provide a safe and caring environment for these activities


    We can send regular reports showing our members taking part in the activities. Reports can also be posted on our website, through Facebook and Twitter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,375 iPad workshops 25 sessions of tuition each for 10 members
      £4,500 Exercise sessions 25 weeks of exercise each for 10 members
      £2,125 Visits to places of interest Coach hire and entrance to places such as Black Country Museum
  • Background


    BUDS is based in Sandwell, West Midlands and serves the whole of the borough. It was founded in 2009 to meet the needs of people experiencing dementia and their families/carers. Over 3,000 people in Sandwell experience dementia and at least twice that number are affected as family/carers.


    People experiencing dementia and their families and carers.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have built up a team of people who have experience of working with the elderly. One of our founder groups was Harborne Parish Lands Charity, a provider of almshouses and sheltered accommodation. We have also had input from Sandwell Social Services and the Primary Care Trust.
    Many of our volunteers are people who have had experience of caring for someone with dementia

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alison Pugh

    General Manger

    Sharon Crowley

    Referrals and Services Manager