Here are some of the upcoming events that the Valerie Foundation are involved with

Due to the coronavirus outbreak and the government issuing advice to stay away from gatherings and to keep 'social distance' we have had made the tough decision to cancel or postpone events that are coming up held by The Valerie Foundation and/or at Heeley City Farm.

We will update with new dates when they have been decided.

This is unfortunate and we are sorry for any inconvenience caused, we take health and safety very seriously and we are taking these actions with the health, safety and wellbeing of visitors and staff members in mind.

Thanks, The Valerie Foundation

Dementia Help and Events at Heeley City Farm

Our Dementia department is launching some new events...

A Helpful Space

A Helpful Space is on 9th, 16th and 23rd January, 13th and 20th February, 5th March and 9th April from 9.30am till 11am. This is a space where you can drop in and find out information and find out about advice, support and guidance around Dementia - if we don't know an answer to your enquiries then we will try and find out and contact you with what we find.

Dementia Friendly Farm Afternoons

On specific Wednesdays from 1.30pm till 3pm we are offering the Farm experience to people with Dementia and their carers. Experiences can include work in the garden, work with the animals, crafts, woodwork etc. The dates are 8th and 15th January, 26th February, 4th, 11th and 25th March and 8th April

Your Farm Time

Your Farm Time are sessions for carers and ex-carers to come and particpate in various practical tasks around the Farm. One Tuesday every month from 1.30pm till 3.30pm. The dates are 24th January, 21st February, 13th March and 27th March.

For all of these events please make sure you contact Lee for more information and to register you interest on [email protected] or call 0114 258 0482

FTD Carers Group

On the second Tuesday of every month Heeley City Farm's Dementia Department hold a Carers Group for people caring for someone with Frontotemporal Dementia (formerly Pick's Disease).

This is a confidential but informal space where people living in the dementia world can vent, chat to others about what they are going through and, in-turn, help people who might have queries of their own. The group is growing by the month with new faces each time. This is a great space to learn about FTD from the people who are living it in every day life. The people who know. The group is run by the Dementia Manager, Lee Pearse, with the help of his brother, Andrew Pearse, who both cared for their mother, Valerie, who had FTD for over 12 years. Lee and Andrew know how speaking to people who know what you are talking about can bring a sense of relief that you are not the only ones going through it and that is what they hope people get from the group, a social element that carers often miss whilst caring for someone whilst getting support from their peers.

For more information contact Lee on [email protected] or Andrew on [email protected] or call 0114 258 0482