Joint Book Launch of Kate Swaffer and Dr Shibley Rahman


A joint Book Launch of Kate Swaffer and Dr Shibley Rahman was held on Saturday 11th July at the Arlington Centre in Camden, London.CJ7AlTSWEAIEJ5c

“I¬†felt so privileged to have been invited on behalf of the Family Care Trust to attend the joint book launch event in London. The room was full of people who I highly respect and admire” said Caroline Millichamp.

‚ÄėLiving Better with Dementia ‚Äď Good Practice and Innovation for the Future‚Äô written by Shibley Rahman ‚Äď a complex and thought provoking book it is a counter balance to current thinking on how to improve the lives of all those who are affected by dementia. It will force the reader to challenge their own thinking about dementia, not just as an illness but as a social construct.
‚ÄėWhat the hell happened to my brain?‚Äô written by Kate Swaffer ‚Äď This is a much anticipated book from prolific blogger and dementia advocate Kate Swaffer will challenge common assumptions about dementia and highlight the key issues that impact on those living with the diagnosis.

Both books are to be published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
A great event of two highly respected people sharing their knowledge and experience of dementia, raising awareness and helping others to understand the human cost of dementia.






Thank You to John Lewis for their very generous donation

A donation has been awarded from the John Lewis Divisional Community Investment Committee for £3000. The donation is to be used towards our Opportunity Centre and Short Stay Refurbishment project starting the project off by redecorating the Croftbrook memory room and the reception area. This will be a wonderful kick-start for our project.

Many thanks to Sara Breen the John Lewis РSolihull Community Liaison Coordinator for all of her help and support throughout the whole nomination process.

We are so appreciative of the support provided by John Lewis and we are looking forward to working together with their design team on the refurbishment work when it starts later on in the year.








Croftbrook Opportunity Centre Ascot Race Day

We held a Royal Ascot race day at our Croftbrook Opportunity day centre making hats for all of our clients with all of our staff participating and  dressing up for the occasion. There were 8 races for everyone to bet on with prizes of chocolates for the winning bets.

There were also champagne & strawberries as an afternoon treat for the special occasion. Everyone had a fantastic day.



Friday Drop-In day trip to the Black Country Living Museum

The Friday Drop-In members and some of the people from Dassett Road enjoyed a wonderful trip back in time, when they visited the Black Country Living Museum on Friday 5th June, on what was probably the warmest day of the year so far. Attendees enjoyed taking in all of the historic splendour of the site by visiting the old time shops and attractions, enjoying traditional fish and chips for lunch along with taking a ride on the old fashioned transport and even going down the full working coal mine. Everybody said what a wonderful day they had and were eager to know where and when the next trip was going to be, before the coach was ready to take everyone home.

Ian would like to thank all of the staff and volunteers at BCLM for helping make the day such a memorable one and a special thank you to Job Centre Plus ‚ÄďSolihull for helping towards sponsoring the event with a cash contribution.


A Charity Partnership with Lyons Davidson Solicitors – Solihull

We are so thrilled and grateful to have been selected by Lyons Davidson Solicitors – Solihull to be their chosen charity for 2015. We are looking forward to working closely together in partnership to raise vital funds for the Family Care Trust and have lots of fun together while sharing our knowledge and skills together.

We thank Lyons Davidson Solicitors РSolihull so much for their support.

This is such a wonderful start to our fundraising in 2015

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A Charity partnership with Bumble the Bus.

15788_973214042695729_4308156532840509681_nLizzie and Nigel Allister the proud owners of a 1962 VW Split Screen Bus, ‚ÄėBumble the Bus‚Äô, which is hired for weddings, afternoon tea, events and photo booths are continuing for a second year to support the Family Care Trust as one of their chosen charities of 2015.

We are looking forward to working together again with Lizzie, Nigel and Bumble the bus in 2015 on lots of fun fundraising activities.

We thank them so much for their continued support ūüôā

Princes Trust Solihull College Community Project

We are very lucky as the Family Care Trust charity to have been selected to be part of the Princes Trust Solihull College Community project scheme with a project to redecorate a room at our Blanning Opportunity Day Centre in Bentley Heath, Solihull¬†to be¬†set up as a ‘Reminiscence’ room for our clients.

The Princes Trust at Solihull College run a team programme of 12 weeks which is for young people aged 16-25. It is a programme aiming to build their skills and knowledge to move into the world of work or the community. As part of the 12 week programme as well as work experience and life skills they have to complete a Community Project. This is a 2 week project where a team of approx. 15 students have to do something to benefit the community such as paint or refurbish a building/room or do some garden work etc. they raise their own funds for the project that is chosen.

At¬†the Blanning Opportunity Day Centre we provide specialist care and support for people with memory problems, such as Dementia including Alzheimer’s, Strokes and Parkinson’s. It is a really¬†lovely centre with a friendly group of staff. We use reminiscence therapy, looking at the past through photographs, music and¬†pictures to promote psychological well-being which can lead to overall improvements in depression and loneliness. It will be great to have a room decorated specifically for this purpose.

The student team started the project on Monday 24th November, the students are all doing a fantasic job working very hard. There will be an official grand opening of the Reminiscence room on Thursday 4th December at 11:30 by the Mayor of Solihull.


Christmas Shopping Trip

261Members of the Friday Drop-In group and Ladies from Dassett Road enjoyed a fabulous day out on Friday 21st November, when they went Christmas shopping to the Merry Hill Centre in Dudley.

Many of the 40+ people that went on the trip had never visited Merry Hill before and everyone said what a wonderful day they had. As well as crossing off a few items from their wish lists, attendees enjoyed the sights, sounds and smells from the different shops and attractions taking place as well as a wonderful lunch in the food court.

Ian Billingham the Family care Trust Befriending Volunteer Coordinator who organised the trip would like to thank everyone who went for supporting the trip and offer a special thank you to Kay Starkey, Senior Team Leader for INTU Merry Hill, for their kind donation of shopping vouchers and to the Merry Hill Security Team who looked after everyone all during the day.  




The Trust Craft Group

The Family Care Trust Craft Group has been set up as a result of a number of very generous donations of crafting equipment and with the kind support of volunteers giving up their time to make crafts and cards which will be on sale to raise funds for the Family care Trust.