In the county of Berkshire, the number of people living with dementia is growing in line with the aging population. Across the county, there are different activities to suit different stages of dementia. Furthermore, initiatives welcome carers to help them meet others and support them in their caring role.
For more information regarding taking care of a family member with dementia, take a look at our full guide to looking after someone with dementia. If you are looking for health and social care services please see our guide to dementia care services in Berkshire.
- Dementia-Friendly Cafes in Berkshire
- Dementia-Friendly Church Services in Berkshire
- Gardening for People with Dementia in Berkshire
- Music Groups for People with Dementia
Dementia-Friendly Cafes in Berkshire
Ascot & Bracknell Alzheimer Cafe
The Alzheimer’s Cafe for Ascot and Bracknell is open to anyone looking to find out more about dementia. There is no need to book and complimentary
refreshments are provided.
Where? The Wagtail Centre, Lynwood Care Centre, Rise Road, Ascot, SL5 0FG
When? Second Wednesday of the month, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Telephone: 01344 298083 (Rachel Cross)
Calcot Dementia Fun Cafe
The dementia fun cafe in Caclot is funded by Sainsburys and supported by Age UK Berkshire. There is the chance for clients and carers to make new friends. Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits are provided.
Where? Sainsbury’s Calcot Cafe, Bath Road, Calcot, RG31 7SA
When? Second Wednesday of the month, 2pm – 3.30pm
Telephone: 0118 9594242
Maidenhead Connection Cafe
The cafe in Maidenhead is an informal chance for people with dementia to meet up and make new friends. A variety of exercises are provided including games, crafting and reminiscing. Carers can find support, information and advice.
Where? High Street Methodist Church, King Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1EF
When? Mondays, 10am – 12noon; Thursdays, 10am -12noon
Telephone: 07516 165647 (Terrie Hall)
Reading Royals Memory Cafe
Reading football club facilitate the memory cafe for old fans. There is the chance for old friends to meet up and reminisce. Occasionally, Reading football club legends join in the fun. Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits are provided.
Where? Players Lounge, Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
When? Third Friday of the month, 2pm – 4pm
Telephone: 0118 959 4242
Slough Connection Cafe
The cafe aims to be a place where people with dementia in Slough, and their carers, can make connections. Activities, information and advice are all on offer.
Where? Holy Family Church (St Joseph’s Room) Trelawney Avenue, Langley SL3 7UD
When? Tuesdays, 1pm – 2.30pm
Telephone: 07516 165647 (Terrie Hall)
Windsor Alzheimer Cafe
The Windsor Alzheimer cafe provides a comfortable environment to learn more about dementia. There is the chance to share experiences and access support and information.
Where? Dedworth Green Baptist Church, Smiths Lane, Dedworth, Windsor, SL4 5PE
When? First Wednesday of the month, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Telephone: 07516 165665 (Hannah Deighton)
Wokingham Dementia Cafe
The Wokingham dementia cafe is held at the Sue Ryder day centre. The service provides fun and stimulating activities for people with dementia and their carers. Refreshments and a hot meal are provided. The session costs £5 to attend and booking is required.
Where? Sue Ryder Day Hospice, Wokingham Hospital, 41 Barkham Road, RG41 2XR
When? Second Monday of the month, 11am – 3pm
Telephone: 0118 959 4242
Woodley Alzheimer Cafe
A safe space for people with dementia and their carers to chat and enjoy refreshments.
Where? The Day Centre, South Lake Crescent, Woodley, RG5 3QW
When? Second Thursday of the month, 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Telephone: 01189 691 471 (Claire Jacobs)
Dementia-Friendly Church Services in Berkshire
Easthampstead Baptist Church
The Baptist Church in Easthampstead run activities specifically for older people such as a songs of praise service and lunch club, where people living with dementia are more than welcome. The Church also arrange dementia friends sessions for congregation members to raise awareness and support those in the community.
Address: Easthampstead Baptist Church, South Hill Road, Bracknell, RG12 7NS
Telephone: 01344 487744
St Joseph and St Margaret Clitherow Parish Church, Bracknell
The Catholic Church in Bracknell is working with the Dementia Action Alliance to become as inclusive to local people with dementia as possible. The Church train their pastoral care team to reach out to those with dementia and their families. The Church, hall and facilities are dementia friendly. The parish also place a focus on raising awareness of dementia within the community.
Address: Parish of St Joseph & St Margaret Clitherow, 39 Braccan Walk, Bracknell, RG12 1HA
Telephone: 01344 425729
Thames Valley Methodist Circuit
The Thames Valley Methodist Circuit is a mixed and diverse group of 12 churches in three towns across Berkshire: Maidenhead, Slough and Windsor. The Methodist Church work with MHA (the largest charity care provider in the UK) to inspire the best care and well being in later life. The circuit are sensitive to members who are affected by dementia and run inclusive services and support groups, as well as signposting to more resources.
Gardening for People with Dementia in Berkshire
Five a Day Market Garden, Englefield
Five a Day is a not-for-profit community supported project near Theale. The garden runs workshops, courses and events for older adults, particularly those with memory problems. The outdoor environment is therapeutic. Session themes range from organic growing to conservation to environmental crafts.
Five a Day gardening sessions are free of charge. Booking is required as places are limited and allocated on a first come first serve basis.
Address: Five A Day Market Garden, The Street, Englefield, Theale, RG7 5EL
Telephone: 0793 967 6050 (Pam Goddard)
Ridgeline Trust, Reading
The Ridgeline Trust runs gardening sessions for those living with disabilities or facing mental or physical health issues. Through horticultural therapy, the Trust help people to relax and grow in the beautiful garden setting. There is a focus on learning new skills, regaining lost skills and improving mental and physical well being.
Address: 25 Whiteknights Road, Reading RG6 7BY
Telephone: 0118 926 1790 (Graham Johnson)
Thrive, Beech Hill
Thrive is a nationwide successful gardening project for people with disabilities. This includes people with age-related conditions such as dementia or stroke survivors. They have a regional hub in Beech Hill near Reading. The team of social and therapeutic horticulture trained therapists lead sessions to improve well being. From physical exercise to learning new skills, the garden has something to offer for everyone.
Address: Thrive Reading, Geoffrey Udall Centre, Beech Hill, Reading, RG7 2AT
Telephone: 0118 988 4844 (Sue Tabor)
Music Groups for People with Dementia
Turtle Song, Reading
Turtle Song is a singing and song writing project for people with dementia, memory loss and their carers. There is the chance to enjoy singing together and perform to family and friends. No previous singing experience is required and there is a welcoming atmosphere. Turtle Song is free for participants and carers. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.
Where? University of Reading – Building L29, Reading RG1 1QH, UK
When? Fridays, 10.30am – 12.15pm
Telephone: 020 8964 5060 (Kelly Bray)
Singing for the Brain
Around the principles of music therapy, Singing for the Brain is a lively singing group for those with dementia. The structured group sessions use music to encourage communication and participation. Each session includes a range of activities including vocal warm-ups and singing a variety of old favourites and new songs. Carers are welcome to attend too; there is a voluntary contribution asked of £1.50.
Singing for the brain sessions are facilitated by the Alzheimer’s Society in Berkshire. They are run at 5 locations across Berkshire. For more infomration, please contact the Alzheimer’s Society on 0118 959 6482 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where? Langley Hall, Holy Trinity Church, Bracknell RG12 1HD
When? Mondays, 10.30am – 12oon
Where? Burghfield Common Methodist Church, Reading Road, Burghfield Common, RG7 3QA
When? Alternate Wednesdays, 1.30pm – 3pm
Where? Kennet Valley Free Church, Carters Rise in Fords Farm, Calcot, RG31 7YT
When? Tuesdays, 10.30am – 12noon
Where? Charvil Village Hall, Park Lane, Charvil, RG10 9TR
When? Thursdays, 10.30am – 12noon
Where? Riverside Community Centre, Rosemoor Gardens, Newbury, RG14 2FG
When? Mondays, 10.30am – 12noon
Singing for Pleasure
Singing for Pleasure is a light-hearted, fun and interactive get together for people with dementia and their carers. A good singing voice is not required; all are made to feel welcome! Refreshments are served half an hour before the start of each sessions so there is the chance to socialise.
The three available sessions are organised by Alzheimers Dementia Support, a charity in East Berkshire. For more information please contact Sandra Williams on 07593 661848 or email@example.com.
Where? King Edwards Hall, King Edwards Road, Ascot SL5 8PD
When? Fridays, 11am – 12noon
Where? Holy Family RC Church in the St Joseph’s room, 226Trelawney Avenue, Langley, SL3 7UD
When? Mondays, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Where? All Saints Church Dedworth, Dedworth Road, Windsor, SL4 4JW
When? Tuesdays, 1.30pm – 2.30pm