This page includes all aspects of our training and supporting of those looking after a loved one (LAALO) living with dementia.

“Looking After A Loved One Living with Dementia” Support Programme (LAALO )

LAALO is a FREE, informal, people-friendly information and support programme for people looking after a loved one who is in the early stages of the dementia journey, regardless of the type diagnosed.

The LAALO programme is held at Briar Croft Alcester Road Stratford upon Avon and its purpose is to give you the information and support you need. We have guest speakers who cover all the questions you may have and we also help you with your well-being so that you are better prepared for the journey ahead supporting your loved one.

The programme runs for two hours, one day a week, for six weeks – all we ask is that you make a commitment to attend as many sessions as you can. Each week the programme begins at 10.00 am and finishes at 12.00 noon. We supply coffee, tea, water and biscuits throughout the programme. You will receive a folder to keep your note book and your information sheets in that you receive from the guest speakers.

During the programme you will:

  • learn about the different types of dementia
  • receive help with finance and legal issues
  • find out how reminiscence promotes wellbeing for your loved one
  • discover techniques for coping with stress
  • meet with  social services representatives and others

The next LAALO programme is planned for early 2020 (dates TBC). To sign up for the waiting list please contact us on the number below.

To book please ring 01789 261061 and leave a message if not answered, including your telephone number and name please. Places on the programme are limited to ten. If the next programme is full, you will automatically be placed on the waiting list.

Reminiscence Therapy Training

WRAP provides ‘Reminiscence Therapy Training’, usually in the trainee’s workplace or community base. The training is provided by skilled and trained tutors who have years of experience. They are dedicated to promote reminiscence work and to providing training for individuals working in the care industry, community centres and day care centres in hospitals.

Reminiscence training makes it possible for people to acquire the skills to begin or improve reminiscence work with individuals or groups. The training also covers focused  listening skills and dementia awareness.

Reminiscence OCN Level 2/3 Course

Our next course dates are to be confirmed.

However access to WRAP’s extensive resources are still provided via our resource library based at Foundation House. The current yearly fee to borrow the resources is £60. The loan period for any one object is 21 days.

Reminiscence Awareness Course

WRAP believes that this is the course for all who are caring for someone, especially if they are caring for individuals who are living with dementia or have other disabilities and of older age.

Learning outcomes for the day are geared to communication skills and knowledge of how Reminiscence Therapy improves wellbeing in participants and staff. Dementia Awareness is also discussed within the day’s programme which is activity based through group work.

This course is Level One accredited with the Open College Network, West Midlands.

All who work with people on the Dementia journey should attend this course” (Previous delegate)

Next Reminiscence Awareness courses: To be announced

Bespoke Inter-Generational Training

WRAP also provides bespoke group training workshops for organisations. The staff team have experience of working in schools and with community groups catering for those of older age. This type of inter-generational work is successful in bridging the cultures of today and those of yesteryear.

WRAP has recently worked in Bidford-on-Avon on a project that looked at the topic of remembrance. Linking with the Jolly Tea Pot Cafe and its members, young people from Bidford recorded on film the members’ concepts of today’s youth and how they could work together. The remembrance part of the project involved those who were on the front line and those on the Home Front. The participants carried out workshops in the local school and children created Anderson shelters out of furniture and sheets. They also created a war-time meal and asked questions and listened to the experiences from the survivors.

Other workshops included poetry, music and games, that culminated in the young people taking part in the remembrance Sunday parade and the laying of poppies on the war memorial.

Other work in the past took place with pupils from Alcester High School who worked on a memory board funded by Balfour Beatty Construction through the Prince’s Trust and presented to the community of Alcester. We also worked with Wellesbourne C of E Primary School to build their own family trees, and trained all staff on dementia awareness.

Our latest programme was successfully held at Bishopton Primary school working with year four pupils who were challenged to “grow your family tree”. The eight-week programme encouraged pupils to talk to their families and build a family tree. The programme also covered dementia and highlighted the Cafe WRAP. The exhibition was visited by parents, grandparents and Stratford’s then-mayor.

For further information contact Pauline on 01789 261061.