Introducing the Pear Tree Fund
The Pear Tree Fund offers vital information, advice and holistic support to people with life-changing illnesses or long-term conditions, and families and carers.
We provide a wide range of services to people living in east Suffolk and neighbouring parts of mid Suffolk and south Norfolk.
From our tranquil and welcoming base at the purpose-built Pear Tree Centre in the heart of Halesworth, we offer everything from a cup of tea and listening ear to sessions with our qualified counsellors.
Working closely with the voluntary sector, community groups and partner charities, we put the right help in place to meet the needs of the whole family.
We pride ourselves on walking alongside people on their journey and offering local support when they need it the most.
Our charity also provides nursing care, as well as emotional, physical and practical support to people reaching the end of their lives so that they can die in the comfort and security of their own homes.
Support for people living with dementia and their carers
We are currently offering eight-week reminiscence workshops to help those living with dementia and their carers to rediscover and relive memories and their shared lives.
'Hopes and Dreams - Rediscovering Memories and Shared Lives' is an arts-based reminiscence project taking place at the Pear Tree Centre.
It is based on the highly successful international project 'Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today', which was developed 20 years ago by the European Reminiscence Network and Pam Schweitzer, its founder director.
The project supports carers to engage in positive activities with the people they care for, as well as providing resources to stimulate memories and connection to family relationships and events. It also offers the opportunity to build social connections and offer mutual support to others who are living with dementia, as well as their carers.
We will be running three eight-week workshops with grant funding from East Suffolk Council, with places for eight couples on each. Together, we will explore and share memories, get to know about one another’s lives and - most importantly - have an enjoyable time.
All eight sessions are based on key stages in life and will include everyone in the group. They will take place at the Pear Tree Centre in Halesworth on Saturday mornings between 10am and 1pm.
For more information or to book a place on the second or third workshops, which start later in the year, please email email@example.com, call 01986 899655 or click here.
More information about 'Remembering Yesterday and Caring Today' and Pam Schweitzer’s work is available here.
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