Offer a range of arts and crafts, reminiscence or games in a friendly environment.
Movement & Memory (St Augustines Activty Group)
2 East Dundry Road, Whitchurch, Bristol, BS14 0LL
Every Monday (weekly except Bank holidays): 10am - 12 noon
Cost: Suggested donation £1 per person
Withywood Activity Group
Withywood Centre, Queens Road, Withywood, Bristol, BS13 8QA
3rd Tuesday of every month 10am- 12 noon
Blaise Weston Court Art Group
Blaise Weston Court, Broadlands Drive, Bristol, BS11 0AF
1st Tuesday of every month 2pm - 4pm
Cost: Suggested donation £1 per person
Contact: Peter Conway on 0117 9610693
Good Brain Gang is an arts, exercise and wellbeing service for Bristol, based on thorough research into wellbeing and international projects proven to enhance quality of life.
The service is based on projects which support people living with a dementia to remain at home, with a better quality of life for them and their family.
The space has been created with a unique approach by dementia design specialists and is designed for exploration of the senses to encourage a natural flow of activities with different areas for different moods.
Every day is different with a focus on learning and enjoyment. Examples of activities offered are yoga, drawing, singing, cooking, gardening, painting, mindfulness & more.
Cost: Prices start at £40 for a full day.
Location: The Park, Daventry Road, Bristol BS4 1DQ.
A trained facilitator will read aloud great stories and poems. You can relax, listen and join in the conversation about what they have read.
All reading material is provided, as are tea and biscuits.
Location: St Pauls Library
Where: Grosvenor Road, St Pauls, BS2 8XJ
When: Mondays, 2pm - 3.30pm
Cost: Free of Charge
Location: Bristol Central Library, Public Meeting Room on the first floor.
Where: College Green, Bristol BS1 5TL
When: Tuesdays, 2pm - 3.30pm
Location: Redland Library
Where: Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2PY
When: Tuesdays 2pm – 3.30pm
Location: Fishponds Library
Where: Robinson House, Hockeys Lane, BS16 3HL
When: Tuesdays 3pm – 4.30pm
Location: Bishopston Library
Where: 100A Gloucester Road, BS7 8BN
When: Tuesdays 11.30-1pm
Location: Hillifields Library
Where: Summerleaze, Speedwell, BS16 4HL6AS
When: Wednesdays 11am– 12.30pm
Location: Southmead Library
Where: Greystoke Avenue, Southmead, BS10 6AS
When: Wednesdays 2pm– 3.30pm
Location: Sea Mills Library
Where: Sylvan Way, Bristol BS9 2NA
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month 10.30am – 12pm
Location: Westbury on Trym Library
Where: Falcondale Rd, Bristol BS9 3JZ
When: Thursdays 11.00am – 12.30pm
Location: Clifton Library
Where: Princess Victoria Street, BS8 4BX
When: Thursdays, 2pm - 3.30pm
Location: Filwood Library
Where: Filwood Broadway, Knowle, BS4 1JN
When: Fridays 11.30am - 1pm
Location: Junction 3 Library
Where: Lower Ashley Rd, Bristol BS5 0FJ
When: Fridays 3.30pm – 5pm
Cost: Free of Charge
For further information: email@example.com 07812 238 532
Supported by a network of volunteers, Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75 and over, who live alone, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month. To find out more about becoming a volunteer host or a guest in the Bristol area, please go to - http://www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk/about-us/locations/south-west or contact Helen Ker - 01225 873812, firstname.lastname@example.org
Swimming sessions with experienced tutors who can offer swimming tuition, exercises or whatever support is needed.
Their accessible swimming sessions are in a safe, supportive environment with:
•staff specially trained by St Monica Trust
•larger, unisex changing booths
•constant temperatures of 27 to 30 degrees
This service provides a range of high quality adventures ranging from short walks to international holidays and bespoke group breaks. These activities not only give a feeling of self-worth but also give a sense of belonging, encourage team work and provide an opportunity to make new friends.
Contact: 01245 237 548
Contact address: Dementia Adventure, Unit 11 ,Old Park Farm, Main Road, Ford End, Essex. CM3 1LN
Dementia Adventure Website
Innovation that allows family and friends to easily collect great stories and photographs together in an online memory or life story book. Involve others and contribute at any time wherever you are. It's free to create a book online and there is a small charge to get the book printed.
Contact: 01225 891 778
Forget Me Not Website
The Golden Memories sessions allow male and females aged 55 and over to not only reconnect with their sporting heritage through reminiscence, shared memories and object handling, but also to develop new community opportunities and social friendships.
Working to support older people across Bristol living with dementia, depression or other mental health issues, or who may be experiencing loneliness or isolation, these sporting memories sessions seek also to encourage participants into healthy social and physical activity as part of the programme.
Delivered at Bristol Indoor Bowls Centre in Ashton Vale (BS3 2TY) alongside the Centre’s qualified coaches - 90 minute reminiscence sessions will be followed by 60 minutes of free coached bowls on the international standard indoor green.
Sessions will focus on national and local sporting icons and famous events, as well as local sports venues, teams and achievements. Images, sound, video and physical objects will be used to stimulate personal memories and stories in a multi-sensory way - from the roar of the crowd in the local stadium or the Grandstand theme tune, to the taste and smell of a half-time pie.
Cost: Free of charge
If you or somebody you know may be interested in joining this group please register your interest by contacting email@example.com
For further information
Goldies (also known as Golden Oldies) are fun and friendly, monthly singing groups that run in various locations across Bristol. Please see the website for details on locations and times:
Goldies Singing Group Website
Working alongside professionals, carers and volunteers to deliver social & therapeutic horticulture activity sessions. Providing people with dementia the opportunity to enjoy the garden, socialise, reminisce and carry out engaging activities.
Contact: Dale 07581 281 578
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: Free of charge
Growing Support Website
As part of our partnership with Growing Support, they have now produced an interactive map of Bristol.
Each green space or community garden is numbered on the map. Clicking on each number will give you an overview of the green space including:
-Transport & Accessibility
Please also visit Growing Support's website for further information.
Working with over 55s in the local communities around Bristol.
Encouraging participation in social activities, reduce isolation and loneliness, and enable people to become active citizens in their community.
Contact: 0117 353 3042
Link Age Website
What's on guide
Your local leisure centre offers groups and activity programmes which accommodate all levels of ability.
Contact: 0117 922 2696 to locate your nearest leisure centre
Leisure Centre Website
Your local library also has information about services and support in your area.
Contact: 0117 903 7200 to locate your nearest library
Bristol Libraries Website
A group of artists working alongside people with dementia and their families/carers. Currently working at Alzheimer’s Society Activity Groups at the Withywood Centre and Blaise Weston Court.
Contact Alzheimer's Society: 0117 9610693
Cost: Suggested donation £1
Lighting Up Website
Anyone with concerns about their memory or that of another can attend. Sessions usually have a speaker as well as tea, biscuits, light activities and written information
Brislington Memory Cafe
St. Lukes Church Hall, Church Parade, Brislington, Bristol, BS4 4LS
2nd Wednesday of every month: 2pm - 4pm
Fishponds Memory Cafe
Beechwood Club, Beechwood Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 3TR
2nd Friday of every month: 2pm - 4pm
Withywood Memory Cafe
1st Tuesday of every month: 10am - 12noon
Stockwood Memory Cafe
Hollway Road, Bristol, BS14 8PT
Third Thursday of the month 2pm - 4pm
Contact: Peter Conway on 0117 9610693
Linking people with dementia, their families, carers and volunteers with professional musicians. Each session is free and consists of a one hour performance by a professional musician; during which, people are encouraged to use a range of percussion and props.
When: Third Monday of each month
Where: St Peter's Church Hall, Allison Road, Brislington, BS4 4NZ
When: Third Wednesday of each month
Where: The Salvation Army Community Hall, Hassell Drive, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, BS2 0AW
Contact: 01823 323 752
Cost: No charge, donations gladly received.
A charity which provides music therapy for people of all ages in Bristol and the South West. Using music therapy to help people communicate and express themselves.
Contact: 0117 953 1731
Contact address: The Southville Centre, Beauley Road, Bristol, BS3 1QG.
Music Space Website
The scheme offers the practical help that can make all the difference to older people - whether it's collecting a pension or a repeat prescription, walking the dog or changing a light bulb.
Royal Voluntary Service Good Neighbours provide valuable company and friendship as well as making sure the older person is safe and well.
Good Neighbours will spend perhaps an hour a week either in person or over the phone in the company of an older person.
Please contact 0845 600 5885 to find out more.
Second Step run wellbeing courses, activities and workshops which are open to service users under Bristol Mental Health and their carers, which includes our service. For up to date information including course dates please visit their website.
This is an informal social group for the over 60s. The group starts with coffee and then a guest speaker comes to talk or demonstrate something.
Where: The group meets at 10.15 in the café area of the Central Library.
When: Last Tuesday of the month,
Cost: £1.50 per person for each session, and this includes refreshments.
For more details, including to find out who the next guest speaker is, call 0117 903 7250 or email email@example.com
Singing for the Brain®
Singing for the Brain® (SftB) is a service provided by Alzheimer's Society which uses singing to bring people together in a friendly and stimulating social environment.
Singing is not only an enjoyable activity, it can also provide a way for people with dementia, along with their carers, to express themselves and socialise with others in a fun and supportive group.
Trinity Henleaze United Reformed Church, Waterford Road, Henleaze, Bristol BS9 4BT
1st, 3rd & 5th Thursday of every month: 2pm – 3.45pm
Cost: £2.50 per person
Quaker Meeting Room, 300 Gloucester Road, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 8QA
Every Wednesday: 2pm – 3.45pm
Suggested contribution: £2 per person
Westbury on Trym SftB
St. Monica’s Trust, Oatly House, Cote Lane, Westbury Hill, Westbury-on- Trym, Bristol, BS9 3TN
Every Wednesday (weekly): 10am – 11.45am
Filwood Community Centre, Barnstaple Road, Knowle, Bristol, BS4 1JP
Every Tuesday (weekly): 10am – 11:45am
Every Tuesday (weekly): 2pm – 3.45pm
Every Monday (weekly – Except for Bank Holidays): 11am – 12:45pm
Contact: 0117 961 0693
Singing for the Brain Website
These weekly groups are a friendly place where people with dementia can talk about their favourite sporting memories.
Working closely with Bristol City Community Trust Bristol, sesssions take place at:
Details about the different groups taking place in Bristol and South Gloucestershire can be found in the linked document (click the 'Sporting Memories' header above)
St Annes Social Group - a fortnightly social group for people with dementia and their carers. Join us for teas & coffees, activities, information and a chat
When: 1.30pm to 3.30pm every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month:
Where: St Anne's Boardmill Social Club, Avonvale Road, Redfield, BS5 9RN
Please click on the above flyer for more information
Staying Steady is a programme of strength and balance classes to help build strength, walk steadily and lower your risk of falling.
A Staying Steady class could help you if you’re feeling unsteady when moving around, are worried about falling or are less mobile than you’d like to be.
The classes can help you:
•stay independent and carry on doing the things you enjoy
•improve your confidence and reduce the fear of falling
•to be mobile and healthy
•keep active and have fun
The Greenway Centre
Contact: 0117 950 3335 (main reception); 0117 909 0027 (fitness office)
From April 2018
Brunel Fitness Centre
Contact: 0117 377 0098
Easton Leisure Centre
Contact: 0117 955 8840 or 07825 033 741
Hengrove Leisure Park
Contact: 0117 937 0200
The Park Centre
Contact: 0117 903 9770
Cost: £3:50 a session
For further information please visit the Bristol City Council website
Funded by Tesco Bags of Help & Groundwork, Time to Grow is all about supporting the mental and physical health of people in Knowle West and neighbouring parts of south Bristol. Based at their beautiful, award-winning community allotment, Time to Grow offers 6 week gardening and growing courses for people experiencing mental health problems. Participation in the courses is free and people will learn a range of new practical skills
For further information contact allotment co-ordinator, Jessica Fish - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bristol City Community Trust works in partnership with LinkAge to deliver a slow-paced version of football, called Walking Football, which is aimed at the over 50's.
Where: South Bristol Sports Centre
When: Tuesdays, 10:30am to 11:30am
Cost: £4 per person
Contact: 0117 9630636
Bristol Rovers Community Trust runs a walking football project after achieving funding from Sport England and Bristol City Council as part of the LOVIN' Sport project. Both of the walking football sessions are for adults aged over 50.
Fishponds Walking Football
Where: Bristol Metropolitan Academy (indoor sports hall)
When: Tuesday evenings, 8pm-9pm
Cost: £3 per session
Brislington Walking Football
Where: Goals Soccer Centre (outdoor 3G rubber crumb pitch)
When: Thursdays 11am - 12 noon
Contact: Peter Aitken on 0117 9522581
We have now launched an innovative series of short films in six different languages giving information about dementia and relevant support services in the city. We commissioned the six short films - in Urdu, Punjabi, Cantonese, Somali, Polish and English-language - to address the stigma, misunderstanding and lack of accurate information currently available for the culturally diverse communities across the city. You can now view the films from our homepage or via our YouTube channel and hardcopies are available from 0117 904 5151
Some of the great feedback we have already received:
Participants/community leaders: “The films are fantastic as they are so respectful of culture and language. Beautifully done, with great thought. I can see the care and attention that have been put into them”
“Great work well done to you and the rest of the Team”.
Bristol BME Voice: “Fantastic short films on Dementia from @BristolDWS available in 6 languages!”
Local Councillor: “Thank you so much - what a great resource"
Local MPs: "This information is very valuable" / "Thank you once again for bringing these valuable educational resources to my attention"
Marvin Rees, Bristol Mayor: “Thank you for sharing these films with me. They will be a really useful tool for engaging with those communities who may otherwise find it difficult to access information on dementia.”
Posted at 09:16 on 01/08/2017
BREAKING NEWS! Our new short films talking about dementia and how you get can support in Bristol are now live!
Please click on the links under 'Dementia - Your questions answered' above
Posted at 16:11 on 31/07/2017
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