Dignity in Dementia

The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 17th June were Lesley Gill and Diane Smillie from, ‘Dignity in Dementia’, a non-profit making organisation whose aim is Enhancing Dignity in Dementia across Cumbria & North Lancashire of which there are over 8000 sufferers in Cumbria alone.

Their approach is to inform, support and inspire family carers and others. They do this through their ‘Feelings First’ approach to dementia care. They believe that by connecting to the way the person is likely to be feeling at any one time, it can help them to become more content and improve their wellbeing, which in turn then helps the wellbeing of the carer.

Further information can be obtained from www.dignityindementia.org

The Bay Search and Rescue Organisation

The speaker at the recent meeting of Kendal Rotary was Helen Clark from the Bay Search and Rescue organisation who gave an illustrated talk on their work and function.

The service founded in 1996 and registered in 2000 covers all of Morecambe Bay, an area of about 120 square miles as well as sometimes travelling further afield if requested.

The organisation has grown dramatically and now has many different types of craft which allows them to cater for any type of rescue in all conditions. For example, quicksand rescue with their specialist equipment, town centre flooding, snow rescue, and animal rescue which includes whales, seals, horses, cattle and sheep.

Religion, Belief and Culture in Our Community

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 20th May was Jaquetta Gomez who gave a presentation to the club about an interfaith publication entitled ‘Religion, Belief and Culture in Our Community’. 

Jaquetta, a well-known devout Buddhist, gave a precis of the book’s contents and is passionate about enlightening people about other faiths to help them avoid misunderstandings as well as encouraging peace and harmony within the 20 different faiths in and around Kendal.