As our staff team continues to grow, here is a more detailed look at some of our newest recruits...

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...Julia Terry

Welcome to the Transforming Notts Together team Julia! What is your new role?

I have joined TNT as a Development worker. My role includes supporting and resourcing networks between churches, agencies and projects; developing a Dementia Friendly Church network, a Dementia friendly church programme and I am the Coordinator for Places of Welcome in Nottinghamshire.

So, what were you doing before you joined TNT?

Before TNT I was the Project Manager of the Jericho Road Project in Nottingham.

How have your first few weeks with Transforming Notts Together been?

I was really looking forward to getting out ‘n’ about meeting and encouraging local groups, developing networks, supporting projects... but with lockdown I have been learning different ways of doing community and using the time to read and develop resources.

Where in Nottinghamshire are you based?

I’m based at home, in lovely Mansfield but cover all of the county, thankfully I like driving!

What are your hopes for Nottinghamshire?

As a project leader I have seen the benefits of networking and support that TNT can offer so I am very keen to encourage other leaders build to a more resilient resource base and develop community. If this time has shown us anything it’s the need for community! Not just with IT through Whatsapp or Zoom but by clapping the NHS, sticking up pictures of rainbows on our windows and neighbours talking again over the garden fence!

What encouraging stories could you share?

While this is an extraordinary and fragile season of life, it is also one so full of opportunity,..to learn new ways of doing things like Zoom, online learning and reading! As well as the gift of heart and soul conversations with work colleagues family and friends. And through frustrations learning be still and know that He is God.

Do you have any biblical reflections that relate to the work of TNT?

I like to think TNT is a bit like the four friends of the paralytic who removed a roof to bring a friend to Jesus, through working together they saw a life set free. Similarly I think TNT’s role is to support and encourage projects, agencies and churches working together to remove poverty in their communities. And I also see that TNT is a bit like the woman at the well who met Jesus and could wait to tell everyone else, we are about increasing effectiveness, motivating and mobilizing. You need a presence to be able to do that and hopefully my role is to contribute to that voice!

If you’d like to get in contact with Julia please email her at Julia@transformingnottstogether.org.uk

Paul Howard

...Paul Howard

Welcome to the Transforming Notts Together team Paul! What is your new role?

My name is Paul Howard and I am the new Older People in Church Enabler for Transforming Notts Together

What are you passionate about?

I am interested in how groups are supporting their older members and especially the people suffering with dementia. I am also very interested in how our faith group members who have dementia and their carers are coping and being supported in this time of social isolation.

What would you like us to think about?

In these days of lockdown, social isolation and social distancing spare a thought for people who are in the grips of dementia. Many of them cannot understand why they cannot go to the shops or visit friends and family. People who look after family members especially could be going through some tough times and the feeling of isolation is ever greater when you have had the same conversation 20 times today and no prospect of any other social contact.

What resources or organisations are out there to help?

The Alzheimer’s Society are working hard to link people up through their chat rooms and advise lines. They even have advice on feeling lonely and when is it okay to lie to somebody with dementia and have produced five online activity ideas for people living with dementia.

We all seem to have spare time at the moment so why not download the This is Me Leaflet from The Alzheimer’s Society and fill it in on behalf of your loved one. We know that Coronavirus could pose a significant risk for people living with Dementia, so this document could be of great help to health care workers if they have to go into hospital with Covid 19. The This Is Me Leaflet helps the person to communicate personal details about themselves, things like family, religion, interests, jobs, achievements, places where they have lived, things that they need help with, medication and even what they like to eat and drink. There is also to put a photograph of the person.

It is important to remember that many people who I work (older people and/or people living with dementia) with are not computer users. Unfortunately this means they cannot access these great resources. I was emailing a friend this week who told me that their church are sending out an old fashioned news sheet to their older people so they can stay in touch with what’s happening locally.

Do you have any questions for us?

Have you come across any problems with people who cannot understand why they must stay at home? If you have what you did about it? And can I share these stories with others who may be struggling with the same concerns?

I am happy to share my experience of working with older people with and without dementia if you want to talk about it. My telephone number is 07827291725 and my email address is paulhoward81@outlook.com. I am working from home during this lock down time, if you would prefer to write letters do call me and I can give you my address.

When we do come out of this worrying time which we will with God’s help, then keep an eye out for Dementia awareness sessions which we will be holding as soon as we can.

To find out more about The Alzheimer’s Society visit their website alzheimers.org.uk or call 03331503456.