On Wednesday 14th August 2019, the Honourable Mick Murray MLA, Minister for Seniors and Ageing, joined us at Roseworth Primary School in Girrawheen to officially launch WA’s first travelling community dementia bus.
The official launch marked the beginning of the second phase of the A Roast to Remember fundraising campaign, which has to date raised enough funds to purchase the van and its exterior wrap. The community dementia bus will provide transportable educational services, desperately needed respite to dementia carers, support and access to new technology for those living with dementia and vital dementia education for schools.
Community Vision will work with WA schools to help support the education and de-stigmatization of dementia. As more people are affected, more people will see their parents and grandparents living with the diagnosis. Presentations and awareness-building visits from the bus will help these children to understand what a person with dementia experiences and help them learn how to cope.
With the dream of the community dementia bus now a reality, we are raising enough money to fit out the bus, to purchase advanced technology for the bus and to hire the two staff required to service it. We aim to visit a minimum of two locations each week covering metro, regional and rural WA.
The bus can visit community centres or people’s homes and will provide the opportunity for the wider community to trial some of the technological innovations developed for those living with dementia (such as Virtual Reality).
The inside of the bus will be fully airconditioned and fitted out with sensory materials to help reduce frustration, stress and anxiety. There will be tea and coffee facilities and a pull-out awning on the exterior of the bus. Manned by two staff, the bus will allow carers and loved ones of those living with dementia to get some respite as well as seek advice and learn new therapy techniques or methods of dealing with dementia.
Keep an eye out for the bus at these locations:
September 2: Kings Park Spring Festival
September 8: Quairading Community – Murray Yarran
September 9: Araluen Spring Celebration
September 11: Chittering Spring Festival
September 26: Kalamunda RSL
September 27: A Roast to Remember at Woodvale Social Centre