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Esther Martin turns 4 Years Old!

On August 11th this year (2017) Esther Martin turned 4!!!  HUGE THANKS to all who have travelled with us on the journey so far – there is no way we could continue to achieve these milestones without the continued support of  our customers, relatives, carers, managers and colleagues.  We look forward to another year together!

Local Recognition For D-CaFF!

MIB awardsIt was great news for the D-CaFF this May!  Not only were we celebrating our first birthday but we also received news that we had won the Made in Bury Community Award for ‘Best Community Project’.  We were presented with our award during Dementia Awareness Week and as Co-Founder of D-CaFF, Laura had this to say:

“While it is an honour to have received such recognition on both a local and national level, the real success for us is knowing the benefit we provide to the members of our community who repeatedly attend our café on a monthly basis – 75 people on average.  With the help of a dedicated team of volunteers – many of whom have experience caring for someone with dementia – the D-CaFF offers a safe and informal setting where people with dementia and their carers can relax, receive support, form friendships but most of all, have fun and live well.”

FMN Flowers 1The D-CaFF takes place on the second Friday of every month at Greenmount Cricket Club, Brandlesholme Road, BL8 4DX from 1:15pm to 3:15pm.

You may also have spotted throughout the month of May, the presence of our D-CaFF cast iron forget-me-nots in locations around the village to help promote Dementia Awareness Week 2017 and also show our commitment to the Dementia Friendly Communities Recognition Process, working towards achieving a Dementia Friendly Status here in Greenmount Village, Bury.



Dementia Awareness Week: May 2017

IMG_4255Well what a busy month we’ve had!!!  As the Spring/Summer season kicks in, May always tends to be one of our busiest months of the year here at Esther Martin however Laura also has commitments via her role as Chair of Bury Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) in the run up to Dementia Awareness Week, this year running from Sunday 14th – Saturday 20th May.  To kick start proceedings and to promote all the events planned across the week, Laura organised a singing flash mob in the Millgate Shopping Centre, Bury with over 40 people in attendance performing to the Beatles hit, ‘I get by with a little help from my friends‘.  The event was supported with an information stand in partnership with Persona Care & Support where close to 150 goody bags were handed out to people visiting the stand seeking support and advice.

steam trainLater that week, Laura had also helped to organise a Reminiscence Steam Train Trip on the East Lancashire Railway for people living with dementia and their carers, including afternoon tea.  The trip is run and organised in partnership with colleagues from Dementia Friendly Rossendale and after last years success an additional carriage was added to Friday’s trip which meant we were able to provide a relaxed, safe and fun journey for over 230 people from our borough.  Laura was incredibly proud to have been part of such a wonderful experience and had this to say:

REANNA 18“I just wanted to thank everyone again for all the events you have hosted this week  and the work you have all put in to help raise awareness, reduce stigma, improve lives and help the people of our borough to ‘live well’. As many of you know this will be my last Dementia Awareness Week as Chair of the Bury Dementia Action Alliance and I could not be more proud of what we have achieved this week. The theme for this week was ‘United against Dementia’ and I think we have showed as a Town that we are just exactly that! Sincere and heartfelt thanks to you all…Laura x”



Contribution to D-CaFF

DAW bracelets 2D-CaFF ValentinesIn May last year (2016) to help promote Dementia Awareness Week, Esther Martin donated the money raised from sales of our Diamante Link Bracelets to help support our local dementia cafe.  The money raised was recently presented to Joani Beale from D – CaFF, who runs the cafes and was used to pay for the room décor during their Valentines Fundraiser!

Poppy Appeal

poppy-appealIn the 4 weeks leading up to Remembrance Sunday we joined forces with the British Legion and had a Poppy Collection at each of our clothes parties.  We managed to raise £77.23 in this short time.  The poppy is a powerful symbol – it is worn to commemorate the sacrifices of our Armed Forces and to show support to those still serving today and their loved ones.  Money raised through the Appeal goes directly to their welfare work, providing through-life care to anyone who currently serves in the British Armed Forces, who has previously served, and their families.

D-CaFF Finalist in Alzheimer’s Society Awards

awardsIt is with great delight that I share with you the fantastic news that Greenmount Village Community (GVC) D-CaFF, ‘a lovely place to meet for people with dementia, their carers, family and friends’ won Runner Up at this year’s Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly Awards , under the Dementia Friendly Community Category: Rural.  I had the great pleasure along with three other volunteers of attending the ceremony and was so proud to have the work of all involved including our fantastic members recognised.  Our first café was in May and we have a regular attendance of 60 people on average.  There were over 400 applicants to the awards and so to be shortlisted to the top 3 is a fantastic achievement. As GVC Chairman Alistair Waddell said afterwards, “This certificate is for the whole Village, not just a small minority.  The work of the D-CaFF is there for all to use and enjoy.  This recognition at a National level goes to show that we are getting it right. “


Esther Martin’s Social Impact Report 2015

For three years now we have been on a mission to help people who struggle to get out and about clothes shopping to maintain independence, identity and choice at a time when they may be facing certain limitations/changes to their lifestyle.  In celebration of this achievement, we decided to commission some work that would allow us to see the difference we have made so far to the people we serve.  With this in mind, please follow the link below to access our easy to read one page Social Impact Report for the 12 months from January 2015 to December 2015.

Everyone at EM HQ is so pleased at the evident difference we’ve made and I am so proud of our very small, but very hard working team! 


Esther Martin’s First Fashion Show!

3 modelsIn August, Esther Martin held its first ever Fashion Show…with models, a catwalk and even a light studded twinkling backdrop!  Joining forces with the wonderful people at Each Step Blackley, Esther Martin showcased our new Autumn/Winter 2016 range.  Models included Laura’s colleagues Diane and Joyce from Greenmount Village D-CaFF, staff from Each Step Blackley and Blackburn, a residents grandson and even Laura’s mum Karon!  After the main event of the Catwalk Show, there was tea and cake on hand and a raffle!  Tiffany Lonergan from Each Step said “It was a wonderful day and we thank you on behalf of all at Eachstep & the people we support” and the husband of one resident commented “It was a brilliant day and it was something very different“.  Laura would like to especially thank Michelle (Each Step Blackley Manager), Tiffany who helped to organise the event, the staff who gave their time to model and the residents and relatives for inviting us into their home.

Supporting People with Dementia

D-CaFFMay 2016 has been a busy month for Laura, in particular on the lead up to and during Dementia Awareness Week.  As Vice Chairman of the Bury Dementia Action Alliance, Laura has been involved in organising, promoting and delivering a number of events during dementia awareness week as well as assisting Greenmount Village Community Group to host a Forget-Me-Not Week of events aimed at raising awareness and supporting people with dementia and their carers in the Village where she lives – Greenmount, Bury.  In addition to this, as a lasting legacy of the week, Laura has worked closely with Joani Beale to develop a dementia café  in the Village – the D-CaFF; “a lovely place to meet for people with dementia, their carers, family and friends” – See picture from their launch day Friday May 13th, 2016.  The café runs on the 2nd Friday of every month and is well attended.  Laura is donating monies raised during the month of May from her diamante bracelets to support the D-CaFF.

Dementia Discovery Day

new-roots-cutNew Roots is a partnership of organisations including ESTHER MARTIN, working across Salford. All partners share a vision – ‘if we improve the social health of people living with dementia and their carers then this will enable people to live the life they want to for longer’.

Imagine bringing everyone together in one room to chat, dream and design services.  Imagine everyone being equal, no suits, no titles, first names for all!  In March 2016, Healthwatch Salford in partnership with New Roots did just this, inviting people with dementia, their carers and healthcare professionals working in the field to attend The Dementia Discovery Day.  The day was designed to provide Salfordians affected by dementia with an opportunity to input in to the Locality Plan and Dementia United plans through a co-production approach.  All information gathered from the day was summarised by Healthwatch Salford and evaluated by Salford City Council’s Public Health Team.  Key findings from this work will be presented to The Health and Wellbeing Board in June with the recommendation for inclusion within the Locality Plan.  Updates will follow…