Jill Mason works as the Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliances activity facilitator and Abbeycroft Leisure's Together Tuesday coordinator. At the start of lock down Jill was concerned that the families that she supports would be left isolated and vulnerable without the support of the sessions that she facilitates. Families living with dementia began to report significant declines in person living with dementia and loved ones were struggling to cope at home alone. Jill requested to continue her work and started ringing families weekly, sending out activity sheets and chair based exercise equipment and programmes for people to follow.
As family members continued to raise concern of their loved ones wellbeing, Jill stepped it up even more and she introduced virtual together Tuesday and Thursday friendship groups that comprise of a cuppa and chat followed by chair based exercise or a quiz.
Since some families had no way of connecting virtually, Jill also secured ICT funding support allowing them to get involved.
Jill's commitment to support the local community did not stop there! She also completed an online training course during lockdown which qualified her to deliver free online yoga sessions to the wider community.
The chairman of the Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance said:
"Jill has worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to remain in contact with all the people self isolating with their loved ones who suffer with dementia...for the family of people in the Hadleigh area she has been a lifeline of contact with a familiar face and voice giving them reassurance and motivation exercise."
Jill has gone above and beyond during this period and even provided resistance bands to those that needed them to carry out their exercises at home.
Well done Jill for everything you have done during this challenging time, your efforts have not gone unnoticed and you are very deserving of the Lockdown Activity Hero title!