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
Lawrence Weston Activity Group: Facilitated by ‘Lighting Up’ – Art & Craft
Blaise Weston Court, Broadlands Drive, Lawrence Weston, Bristol, BS11 0AF
1st Tuesday of the month: 2pm-3.45pm
Cost: £1 per person
Lawrence Weston Sharing Memories
3rd Monday of every month 2pm-4pm
Contact: Peter Conway on 0117 9610693
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: Bristol Central Library, Public Meeting Room on the first floor.
When: Tuesdays, 2pm to 3.30pm
Cost: Free of Charge
Location: Redland Library
Where: Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2PY
When: Tuesdays, 2-3.30pm
Cost: Free of charge
Location: Horfield Library
Where: Filton Ave, Bristol BS7 0BD
When: Tuesdays 1-2.30pm
Location: The Willows Day Centre (for over 55’s)
Where: 2nd Floor, Blaise Weston Court, Broadlands Drive, BS11 0LA
When: Wednesdays 11.30am -1pm
Location: Sea Mills Library
Where: Sylvan Way, Bristol BS9 2NA
When: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month 11.30am – 1pm
Location: Westbury on Trym Library
Where: Falcondale Rd, Bristol BS9 3JZ
When: Thursdays 11.30am - 1pm
Location: Hartcliffe Library
Where: Symes District Centre, Peterson Avenue, Avon Bristol BS13 0BE
When: Thursdays 3pm - 4.30pm
Location: Bedminster Library
Where: 4 St Peters Court/Bedminster Parade, Bristol BS3 4AQ
When: Thursdays, 11am - 12.30pm
Location: Junction 3 Library
Where: Lower Ashley Rd, Bristol BS5 0FJ
When: Fridays 3.30pm – 4.45pm
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
Woodland Wellbeing provides a space for people with dementia and their carers to spend quality time together in the calming environment of a local woodland. We meet in small groups on a fortnightly basis. The groups are for people with Dementia and their carers who live in Bristol. All sessions involve activities intended to encourage 'being in the moment' and enjoying nature. Activities are led by your interests and ideas but could include: walking, wildlife-watching, art and campfire cooking.
This year we will have two bases: one in North Bristol (Kingsweston area); and one in South Bristol (Conham River Park). The groups will run fortnightly over three separate terms.
South group (Conham River Park) – Thursdays 10.30-12.30/13.00
Term 1 “Spring”: April 6th & 20th, May 4th & 18th, June 1st
Term 2 “Summer”: June 22nd, July 6th & 20th, Aug 3rd & 17th
Term 3 “Autumn”: Sep 14th & 28th, Oct 12th & 26th, Nov 9th + Xmas celebration date (tbc)
North group (Kingsweston area) – Thursdays 10.30 – 12.30/13.00
Term 1 “Summer”: June 15th & 29th, July 13th & 27th, Aug 10th
Term 2 “Autumn”: Sep 7th & 21st, Oct 5th & 19th, Nov 2nd + Xmas celebration date (tbc)
Booking is essential as places are limited. Please contact email@example.com or telephone 0117 9045150 (extension 269).
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
Dementia Friendly Swimming: Living with dementia and an active lifestyle.
Swimming sessions with experienced tutors who can offer swimming tuition, exercises or whatever support is needed
Hengrove Leisure Centre
When: Every Wednesday from 12:45pm
Cost: £3:20 per swim, but free for carers
Easton Leisure Centre
When: Anytime, but staff can advise on quieter times if preferred
Cost: £2:30 Per Swim, but free for carers
Contact: 0117 937020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
Growing Support Website
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
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
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
Lockleaze Memory Cafe
The Hub, Unit 1 Fedden Buildings, Gainsborough Square, Lockleaze, Bristol, BS7 9FB
Fourth Friday of every month: 2pm - 4pm
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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, 10am to 11am
Cost: £4 per person
Where: The Park, Knowle
When: Fridays, 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Cost: £2 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
Two older peoples’ groups run on the following days:
You can choose from a range of activities that allow you to:
The groups are run by a caring and professional team who will make you welcome and give a personal service to suit your needs. Group members living in our catchment area (Redcliffe, Southville, Windmill Hill, Ashton and Bedminster) can be collected from home in a fully-accessible Bristol Community Transport minibus and returned home at the end of the day.
To find out if you or someone you are supporting will be eligible for a personal budget to pay for a place, contact Care Direct on 0117 922 2700 or email email@example.com to ask for an assessment
A friendly and informal group for younger people with dementia (under 65). The group meets on the second Monday of each month 2pm - 4pm at
Bambalan, Podium Level, Colston Tower, Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4XE
No referral required, but on your first visit to the group, please come along with a Navigator or Practitioner from the Dementia Wellbeing Service.
Cost: Free Of Charge
For Further information please contact Sonya Pratt, Dementia Wellbeing Service 0117 9513410
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.
There are an estimated 25,000 BME people with dementia in the UK. While the number of white, British people with dementia is expected to double by 2051, the numbers of people from BME communities is expected to increase sevenfold within the same timeframe.
Mrs Kwan, who is originally from China, has lived in Bristol with her husband for 45 years and raised their family here. She is now carer to her husband who has dementia. She explains: “Life changes significantly for someone with dementia, and for their carer and family too. It’s really important to get help. In our community, a lot of people don’t know what dementia is, we don’t even have a word for it. This means that lots of people with the disease run the risk of being forgotten.”
Within each of the films, medical experts, people affected by dementia and members of the relevant communities explain what dementia is, outline how people can gain a diagnosis and access the free support available from the Dementia Wellbeing Service.
This issue is echoed across many communities, as well as within white-British communities, and one which the films address head on.
Khadra Abdi, who cares for her mother with dementia and is active in the Somali community in Bristol says: “Many older people within our community have limited English language, and when they don’t understand what dementia is it can be very scary. These films explain about the disease and the help available in a simple, clear way, and most importantly in their native language, making it far easier for them to gain a genuine understanding of dementia, get a diagnosis from their GP and to get support from the Dementia Wellbeing Service”.
You can now view the films from our homepage or via our YouTube channel and hardcopies are available from 0117 904 5151
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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