Spark of Life Projects

Kalamunda community education project

A co-operative effort between the Rotary Club of Kalamunda, the Shire of Kalamunda, and HACC enabled this education project to happen.

From 27-29th April 2010, two one-day presentations for health professionals and one half-day presentation for families were held at the Agricultural Hall, Kalamunda. This project was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kalamunda, the Shire of Kalamunda and HACC.

Aims of the program

  • Promote awareness and understanding about dementia
  • To provide staff, families, carers, volunteers and community members with the education, support and skills necessary to improve the lives of people living with dementia in a practical and constructive way.
  • To support and enhance positive living and inclusion for people with dementia.

Funding

The Rotary Club of Kalamunda donated $6000 towards the cost of presentations,

The venue, catering, and equipment hire, advertising and promotion was provided in kind by the Shire of Kalamunda. HACC gave support to the promotion of the event to health care practitioners and carers in the community throughout Perth, and funded many of its staff to attend.

Attendees

Eighty people attended the first presentation on the Spark of Life Approach, eighty-four attended the second day on Understanding and Communication, and sixty attended the family presentation.

People came from all over Perth and from as far away as Northam, over 80km away. Participants attended from aged care facilities, the community, HACC, mental health organisations, local hospitals, medical centres and the Shire of Kalamunda. They included both professional and non-professional staff, family, and community members. There were neither health professionals or family members but had come because the philosophy had a universal appeal to them.

 

Testimonials:

"Thanks for enabling us to come to this free program today to hear and learn how we can improve the quality of love and care for my mum.Can I encourage you continue to enable this Spark of Life program to be put on again for others and into the Aged Care homes and out to families"

Dianne Mullins, family member

"I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to attend this wonderful introduction to the Spark of Life. I work in a day respite centre and I will apply these principles to my clients. It is a wonderful thing to introduce in our everyday life with or without dementia. Keep up the wonderful work. I know how important positive, loving actions have revived me from the depths of despair. Many thanks"

Lee Durak, Swan Caring Community Services