Many carers experience social isolation and this is especially true when caring for someone with a dementia type illness. The MASE help to reduce this problem and the Carers themselves are able to exchange telephone numbers and build up a network of friends who are in similar situations. Attendances are increasing with some families even making an effort to travel to the different locations. This helps to demonstrate the true importance and value of the MASE.
Carers regularly express how much they enjoy attending the MASE meetings and the difference it has made to their lives. This is something for them to look forward to and helps with emotional well being and can avoid depression. Many carers initially appear low and stressed and see their future as bleak and lonely but meeting and chatting to others can throw a different light on things, particularly with the network of supportive friendships that are formed.
The MASE is sensitive in its approach and responds to the changing needs that occur to families living with someone with dementia. A social evening out can help people maintain and promote their independence and by giving support and information enables them to have more control over their lives when faced with making difficult choices.
The Official Presentation to the MASE Group of the Queens Award for Voluntary Services – October 2013.
The MASE Group was short-listed for the second year running as Volunteer Team of the Year at the Volunteer Staffordshire Awards.
The aim of the awards is to celebrate and thank Staffordshire’s unsung volunteer heroes, and the people that help and support them, and inspire other people to give a little of their time to volunteer in their local area.
At an Award Ceremony held at Alton Towers on Friday 30 March 2012 the winners were announced as Staffordshire Women’s Aid.
We are of course disappointed not to have won but applaud the work done by Staffordshire Women’s Aid and congratulate them on winning.
The Trustees of the MASE would like to take this opportunity of thanking all their volunteers who give their time so generously to the four MASE Groups.
Staffordshire County Councillor Pat Corfield, Cabinet member for Culture, Communities and Customers said:
“I would like to congratulate all of our volunteers and thank them for all the selfless work that they carry out in their communities.
“Their volunteering work is marvellous and it shouldn’t be underestimated how much they have contributed to their local area and Staffordshire.
Their efforts help to make Staffordshire the great place it is to live and work and they deserve the highest praise.
“The awards reflect the wide range of ways that people are making a real and vital difference to the community.
I am very proud of our winners and all the other volunteers who were nominated.
We truly appreciate the amazing work that they all do for the people of Staffordshire.”
The village hall is the venue for the MASE at Haughton
Carers, the Cared for and Volunteers all come together to share experiences, make new friends and most of all enjoy themselves to ensure a successful evening is had by all.
Address: The Village Hall, Newport Road. STAFFORD. Staffordshire. ST18 9EZ
The MASE is held on the 2nd Thursday in the month 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
So why not come along we would be delighted to see you!
The MASE Carers drop in is held at St Luke’s Church Hall situated adjacent to the church on the 1st Monday of every month between 1.00 – 3.00pm.
The hall is located in: Church Street, Cannock, WS11 1DE.
Accessibility: Fully accessible and has car parking.
The MASE Group is held at St Joseph’s Church Hall. Lichfield Street, Rugeley, Staffordshire, WS15 2EH
This is a community group for Rugeley and we are now attracting approximately 45 – 50 people each month to attend – So please come along a warm welcome will always await you.
The MASE is held on the 3rd Wednesday in the month 7.00pm to 9.00pm.