Dementia-Friendly Buckinghamshire: Your Guide To Local Initiatives

Dementia-Friendly Buckinghamshire: Your Guide To Local Initiatives

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Dementia can affect plenty more than just memory. Someone living with dementia might feel more isolated as it gets harder to socialise. Carers of those living with dementia might also encounter dementia-specific problems throughout their care journey. Fortunately, you are not alone as throughout Buckinghamshire there are outlets to express yourself in a community that understands you, for both cared-for and carer alike. From memory cafes to sing alongs there are plenty of opportunities for socialising and support in dementia-friendly Buckinghamshire.

We do recommend ringing up these groups before you plan to attend, as they can often be in high demand and not have spaces just yet. It is also a good idea to double check the meeting time and place as often groups have to change venue and date for various reasons.

Follow this link for more information on the types of Dementia NHS Services and Charities in Buckinghamshire

Dementia and Memory Cafés in Buckinghamshire

Bedgrove Dementia Café

Run by Alzheimer’s Society in Aylesbury, this memory café provides an opportunity for those living with dementia and their carers to socialise with others through fun and engaging group activities.

  • Where? Salvation Army, Meadow Way, Aylesbury HP20 1XS
  • When? Usually First Tuesday of each month but ring to confirm, 10:15-12:00
  • Contact: 01296 331722 / aylesbury@alzheimers.org.uk

Reminiscence Coffee Mornings – Hazelmere

Spend some time with similar people and reminisce on old times over a cup of tea. The group looks through old pictures, objects and listens to audio from the past to help stimulate memory.

  • Where? Hazlemere Library, 312 Amersham Road, Hazlemere HP15 7PY
  • When? First Thursday of every month, 10:30am – 11:30am
  • Contact: 01296 382465 / lib-haz@buckscc.gov.uk

Beaconsfield Memory Cafe

A safe place for those living with dementia and their carers to socialise and have fun in activities over some tea or coffee. A member of the memory care team will also be available to help offer advice and support and to help direct you to relevant services.

  • Where? Sunrise Care, 30-34 Station Rd, Beaconsfield HP9 1AB
  • When? First and third Thursdays at 3pm
  • Contact: 01494 360849

Buckinghamshire Social Groups for People with Dementia

Bucks Mind Services for Older People

Bucks Mind run social clubs for older people who are living with dementia or who have mental health issues that make it difficult to social within their community. Small group sessions allow respite for carers while also offering a space for those living with dementia to find companionship, support, and to enjoy plenty of fun and stimulating activities. The groups are of around only 10 people so there is a waiting list. Referral forms can be found on the Bucks Mind Website. There is a fee of £10 for lunch and any other refreshments.

Treasured Memories – Chesham

This group is suitable for those in the early stages of dementia, however, they should be supervised at all time. At Treasured Memories guests can enjoy a group singalong, activities and refreshments. The group does not meet during August.

  • Where? Chesham Methodist Church, 70 Bellingdon Road, Chesham HP5 2HA
  • When? Contact the organisers for more details as this changes frequently
  • Contact Gill McNab: 01494 785956 / gillmcnab.c2c@hotmail.co.uk

Dementia-Friendly Singing Groups in Buckinghamshire

Singing for the Brain – Alzheimer’s Society

Elderly dementia-friendly Singing Group

Volunteers, people with memory problems, and carers all come together most weeks to express themselves through song. The space allows for everyone to forget about the day to day for a bit and get lost in the music. Music has also been proven to be a useful for getting the brain working. The group means most Friday mornings in The Fitzwilliams Centre in Beaconsfield.

  • Where? The Fitzwilliams Centre, Windsor End, Beaconsfield HP9 2JW
  • When? Friday mornings
  • Contact – 01296 331722

Silver Singers – Chesham

This singing group is for the older generation and welcomes those living with age-related illnesses, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. No previous experience is needed and you don’t have to be able to read sheet music – they also a free taster session so you can see if it for you.

  • Where? Elgiva Theatre, Chesham HP5 1HR
  • When? Mondays, 11:00-12:00
  • Contact: 01442 780541 / info@chilternmusictherapy.co.uk

Dementia-Friendly Buckinghamshire Exercise Groups

Aylesbury Activity Group

In addition to some games and quizzes, this social group also sometimes participates in a gentle exercise routine, aimed at those who might not get a lot of exercise. The group is lead by volunteers in partnership with the Bucks Alzheimer’s Society.

  • When? First Tuesday of each month, 10:15am – 12pm
  • Where? The Salvation Army, Meadow Way, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 1XS
  • Contact: 01296 331722 / aylesbury@alzheimers.org.uk

Chesham Activity Group

This group, run by the Alzheimer’s Society, brings older people together for 45 mins of easy beginner-level seated exercises, followed by light refreshments and a space to chat. Exercise has been proven to help slow memory loss for some people and anyone can give it a go, so there is no excuse not to get involved.

  • When? Last Monday of every month, 1:45pm – 4pm
  • Where? Chesham Town Hall, High Street, Chesham HP5 1DS
  • Contact: 01494 670909 / southbuckinghamshire@alzheimers.org.uk

Supported Horse Riding – High Wycombe

Sometime a little different is the supported horse riding sessions put on by the Grove Riding School, located just west of High Wycombe. This is for anyone who has any type or form of dementia and helps them to… get back in the saddle!

  • Where? The Grove Riding School, Lane End Road, Lane End, High Wycombe HP14 3NR
  • When? Monday mornings
  • Contact: 01494 881939 / info@groveridingschool.co.uk

Many other exercise groups aimed at the elderly will also welcome those with dementia, although it is always worth checking. Find out more about exercise groups in Buckinghamshire.

Dementia Carer Support Groups in Bucks

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Alzheimer’s Society Groups

The Alzheimer’s Society runs a few carer support groups across the county with the aim to provide a space for carers of people with dementia to get together and to share experiences and advice.

High Wycombe

  • Where? Downley Community Centre, School Close, High Wycombe HP13 5TR, United Kingdom
  • When? Fourth Tuesday of the month, 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • Contact: 01494 670909 / southbuckinghamshire@alzheimers.org.uk

Amersham

  • Where? Amersham Free Church, Woodside Road, Amersham HP6 6AJ
  • When? First Tuesday of the month, 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Contact: 01296 731349 / aylesbury@alzheimers.org.uk

Aylesbury

  • Where? Meeting Room 1, The Healthy Living Centre, Walton Court Shopping Centre, Hannon Road, Aylesbury HP21 8TJ
  • When? Third Monday of each month, 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • Contact: 01296 331722 / aylesbury@alzheimers.org.uk

Hazlemere Young Onset Dementia Carers

This group is specifically for carers who look after someone with Young Onset Dementia.

  • Where? Jackson Court, Hazlemere, High Wycombe HP15 7TZ
  • When? Second Tuesday of the month
  • Contact Carers Bucks: 0300 777 2722 / info@carersbucks.org

Changing Places, Princes Risborough

Practical and emotional support for people caring for someone living with dementia.

  • Where? Church End, Princes Risborough, Bledlow, Princes Risborough
  • When? First Wednesday of the month, 7:30pm
  • Contact Helen Robinson: changingplaces247@gmail.com

Maids Moreton Dementia Support Group

This group meets regularly to help support those who care for someone with dementia, or who have been affected by dementia. They discuss dementia and their experiences with it, and the issues that they encounter. Most importantly the group can act as a care network for their members.

  • Where? Maids Moreton Hall, Church Street, Maids Moreton MK18 1QF
  • When? Contact them for details on their next meeting
  • Contact Andrea Bullen: 01280 818710 / maidsmoreton.haa@gracewell.co.uk

Buckinghamshire’s Dementia-Friendly Communities

Several communities across Buckinghamshire have made an extra effort to make sure that their towns are welcoming and useable to those living with dementia. To do this they create a ‘Dementia Action Alliance’. To become an action alliance leaders and members of the community make a pledge to seek any obstacles that may prevent those with dementia to access services and facilities across their town. This might mean anything from installing specific signage to providing extra dementia-communication and understanding training to staff. Follow the links below to find out more on each Dementia Action Alliance and the businesses and services that have joined them:

The county of Buckinghamshire is has also become a member.

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