Bluebird Care Wakefield launch ‘Squares for Care’ project in local community

22/05/2019

Bluebird Care Wakefield director, Narinder Gill, has successfully demonstrated the power of positive partnerships and communities working together to create a resource for those living with dementia. 

Bluebird Care Wakefield director, Narinder Gill, has successfully demonstrated the power of positive partnerships and communities working together to create a resource for those living with dementia.

Based on the ‘Twiddle muff’s concept, Narinder has engaged and led local community groups to create ‘Squares for Care’ patchwork quilts. Narinder comments:
 
We believe these quilts will not only provide a source of comfort and warmth but also visible, tactile and sensory stimulation and in doing so, help to channel feelings of agitation and giving restless hands ‘a moment of peace’.”
Wakefiled QuiltsBluebird Care Wakefield has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Society, Wakefield and Five Towns Dementia Action Alliance, Carers Wakefield and the Prince of Wales Hospice. Furthermore, Wakefield sewing group based in East Hardwick and Mirfield sewing group have been instrumental in assembling the quilts.

Over 50 quilts have been created, with some being showcased at the Featherstone and Sandal libraries. 

Wendy Porter, services manager, Alzheimer’s Society said:
 

The quilts enable people with dementia to tap into their interests whilst reminding them of positive memories.”
Narinder has been working with families to try to capture the most relevant and poignant memories and translating these into squares. Narinder said:
 

This has enabled our care assistants to use the quilts as the basis for talking points to encourage customers to talk about their formative years, encouraging varied conversations, stimulating memories. It has proved such a valuable tool for the engagement of many customers and in doing so, engaging and empowering across all cultures, ethnicities and communities.”
If you would like to find out more about his initiative please visit the Bluebird Care Wakefield microsite.