Staying Safe

We are staying safe and working from home currently.

 

We have had to cancel lots of events and projects due to the lockdown. Some we can re-arrange at a later date. We are working behind the scenes to deliver new travel training resources for people with hidden disabilities, education online and competitions for children. Our quarterly edition of the Penistone Line Express will not be published as a printed magazine, but we will soon produce a digital newsletter to keep you up to date with what has (and now hasn’t) been happening. 

If you are a keyworker helping us all by continuing to work – THANK YOU SO MUCH!  We have published our Temporary Keyworker Timetable from Northern on social media but you can view it here

In the meantime, please keep yourself safe, keep your distance if you have to go out to shop, exercise or work, and wash your hands often. 

 

Working Together for positive change.

We are Dementia Friends . . .

We (Rowena and Sarah) have been moving forward in the early stages of research to make some stations on the Penistone Line hidden disability-friendly. 

Too many people affected by dementia feel that society fails to understand the condition they live with. Dementia Friends help by raising awareness and understanding so that people living with dementia can continue to live in the way they want.

We met with Monika Tomaszewicz from Age UK, Calderdale & Kirklees a few weeks ago. We are also working closely with Kirklees Council and plan to be involved in steering groups, which in turn will lead to us shadowing people living with dementia and their carers, to better understand what is needed to improve services connected to rail travel on the Penistone Line.

Today Penistone Line Partnership, committee members and some of our partners attended their initial Dementia Friends training. It was great to be supported by so many people wanting to make a difference.

Dwell Time, members who are currently curating Issue 2 of Dwell Time arts publication reflecting on mental health issues, an ongoing wellbeing project for Penistone Line Partnership.

Penistone Paramount who will shortly be screening dementia-friendly films as part of an initiative with Penistone Line Partnership.

Train drivers, conductors, guards and rail staff will all need training if we are to support people with hidden disabilities. Awareness of the challenges some face is needed by our stakeholders without who our projects would not be possible.

Alex Bray from CrossCountry by Arriva one of our stakeholders became a Dementia Friend today. CrossCountry has part-funded the Dwell Time project.

We would encourage anyone to become a Dementia Friend. Start by clicking this link.

Thank you to everyone involved.

Community Engagement

We are moving forward with our research to make the Penistone Line hidden disability-friendly. This is no mean feat and will be an ongoing process between various councils, steering groups, organisations and rail users with hidden disabilities.

We have met with Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees and set up Dementia Friendly training for members of the Penistone Line Partnership, then specific dementia awareness training for customer-facing rail staff on the Penistone Line. 

Do you know anyone who may find rail travel on the Penistone Line difficult? We need your thoughts and ideas too.

Get in touch on social media or email us at penistoneline@gmail.com 

                                        

The Kirklees Dementia hub is a partnership between Community Links, Age UK Kirklees and Calderdale and Kirklees council. They offer information and advice for people living with dementia, carers, family and friends.

The service is for adults that have been diagnosed with dementia, carers, family and friends.

Weekly drop-ins 10am – 4pm

  • Every Wednesday at Dewsbury Hospital, Priestley unit, WF13 4HS
  • Every Friday at Folly Hall Mills, St. Thomas Road, HD1 3LT

Home visits can be arranged upon request – please contact 01484 411 074.

Dementia Information and Advice LineTel: 01484 503 908

The Dementia Information and Advice line is for those who are concerned about themselves or a loved one.The advice line offers information about how to live well with dementia and signposting information.