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The Dementia Wellbeing Service is delivered by the Bristol Dementia Partnership which brings together Alzheimer’s Society and Devon Partnership NHS Trust. Since 1 April 2015, it has been responsible for delivering dementia services in the city. The service is commissioned by Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucs Clinical Commissioning Group. The Dementia Wellbeing Service brings together a whole range of professionals which includes Nurses, Social Workers, Support Staff, Therapists and Medics.
How we work
We work with various partners from across Bristol, bringing them together to create personalised wellbeing plans for those who use our service. We support GPs and other health professionals and carers to support people affected by dementia.
The Dementia Wellbeing Service aims to provide support, guidance and help when, and where people want it – and in a way that suits them. When designing the new service we worked with those living with dementia, their friends, families and carers to understand what they wanted. Everyone we spoke to told us that they want services to support the person with dementia to live as well as possible, for as long as possible – which is what we are here to do.
Every GP practice in Bristol has a named Dementia Practitioner and Dementia Navigator. You can see and read about what they do here:
Dementia Practitioners are qualified members of the care team who works closely with the person with dementia and their GP to identify and support people with memory problems and possible dementia. They can provide Specialist Memory assessments to aid early diagnosis and offer therapeutic interventions to support people and their families at difficult times throughout their illness.
Dementia Navigators are there to support the person who has a diagnosis of dementia and their carer. They work in a person-centred way, trying to maintain the independence of the person with dementia and promote their quality of life. The navigator will look at local groups and activities in the community as a way of enhancing their quality of life as well as signposting to other agencies, providing information, guidance, practical and emotional support.
On this website you can find information about the service and support information for those living with dementia. The information here is also of use for clinicians, carers and families looking after people with dementia. You can also get access to materials and information about the service as well as keep up to date with news and developments.
If you have any questions about the service, or comments about the website, please contact us.
We had 4 posters about the service accepted into the 2019 Dementia Congress. Please click on the images below to view the full posters.
We have developed a self-referral process for Deaf / BSL Users.
We have produced a Deaf / BSL version of our service leaflet available on our YouTube channel.
We have produced an Easy Read version of our service leaflet
Sally Townsend, our Community Development Coordinator for schools has produced the following resource list to raise dementia awareness with children and young people.
Join our singing groups where you can meet new people in a friendly, fun and social environment. Singing can improve your brain activity, wellbeing and mood. You don't need to be a good singer to benefit! Join us for fun vocal warm-ups and sing a wide variety of familiar and new songs. More Information Here
Contact Hannah Newrick
Tel: 07927 590 216
This group is held every Tuesday, 2pm to 3.45pm
This takes place on 1st, 3rd and 5th Friday of every month (2pm to 3.45pm)
Contact Hannah Newrick
Tel:07927 590 216
This group is being held on Zoom every Monday
1.15pm to 2.15pm (except for Bank Holidays)
A virtual group is available weekly on a Wednesday morning, 11.15am-12.15pm on Zoom.
Anyone with concerns about their memory or that of another can attend. Sessions run weekly and often have a guest speaker.
Contact Claire Muscat
Tel: 07872 866 502
This Memory Café takes place on the 2nd Friday of the month, 2pm to 4pm
A virtual Memory Café takes place on the 2nd and 4th Thursday, 3.30pm-4.30pm
This Memory Café takes place on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 10.30am to 12.30pm
Regular Support groups for close family, friends and carers of people with Dementia led by experienced facilitators. The groups are places to share concerns and experiences
Withywood Centre, Geoff Cargill Room, Queens Road, Withywood, BS13 8QA
The group is help on the last Thursday of the month 1pm to 3pm. Please contact your Navigator or Practitioner on 0117 947 3120 if you would like to attend.
This group is currently closed due to being at capacity but takes place in Horfield on the last Wednesday of each month 2pm - 3.30pm. If you'd like to be placed on the waiting list, contact your Practitioner or Navigator on 0117 904 5150.
Held at: Verona House, 53 Filwood Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 3RX
The group is held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 2pm to 3.30pm
(contact your Navigator or Practitioner on 0117 904 5150 if you'd like to attend)