Dementia-Friendly Dorset – Your Guide To Local Initiatives

Dementia-Friendly Dorset – Your Guide To Local Initiatives

Across the county there are many activities in Dorset for people living with dementia to socialise, enjoy music and hobbies and spend some time out of the house.

*During COVID-19 restrictions, many of these activities cannot take place. Please check the relevant websites to find out the current status.

Memory Cafes

Memory Cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia, families and carers to meet with others, ask questions of professionals and learn from the experiences of others. There are Memory Cafes across Dorset in Ferndown, Swanage, Wareham, Christchurch, Wimborne, Verwood, Bridport, Dorchester, Blandford, Shaftesbury, Sherborne. Find more information here

Mindful Cafes

Mindful is a registered charity created to support local projects for older people (age over 65) with mental health problems and their carers and people of any age who have memory loss or dementia. There are cafes in Gillingham and Stalbridge.

Tricuro Plus day services

These centres across Dorset in Highcliffe, Ferndown, Shaftesbury, Wareham, Weymouth and Poole offer day opportunities to people with dementia. We deliver a variety of activities that are interesting and fun as well as providing an opportunity to meet new people. Find out more here

Singing for the Brain

Singing for the Brain is based around the principles of music therapy and singing. The structured group sessions use music to encourage communication and participation and include opportunities to talk to other people. Each session includes a range of activities including vocal warm-up and singing a variety of familiar and new songs. Christchurch, Weymouth, Dorchester, Blandford, Gillingham and Sherborne. Find your nearest here

Melodies for Memories

Age UK runs these Melodies for Memories groups offering an informal sing-song and a cuppa at friendly, musician-led, singing groups in Wareham, Beaminster and Chickerell. 

Music for a While

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has expanded its Music for a While project to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, to bring the pleasure of music to Bournemouth dementia patients.

The pilot Music for a While projects at Poole, Portsmouth and Winchester hospitals were such a success that the BSO has extended the scheme to provide regular sessions at Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Dorset County Hospital and aims to expand to other hospitals across the region.

An interactive musical workshop is provided for the patients, getting them singing and creating verses, playing along to different songs with maracas or bells, and conducting with a baton.

Mindful Marching On

Mindful Marching On is a social activity group in North Dorset for men with memory problems, using electronic gadgets and gizmo’s (e.g. Ten Pin Bowling, Golf, Tennis, Car Racing) to engage in fun and entertaining games and a great chance to socialise.

Greenwood Club, Dorchester

If you have dementia or are caring for someone with dementia you are welcome at the Greenwood Club. The group is supportive and friendly. We learn greenwood working skills, rural crafts and cook over open fires.

The Filo Project

The Filo Project offers high quality day care in an intimate home setting in the community for small groups of older people. Our service supports individuals who are socially isolated, many experiencing symptoms associated with moderate dementia, including memory loss. In Dorset there are services in Lyme Regis and Bridport.

The Greengage Project

Greengage Community Allotment in Swanage is run by a group of volunteers and focuses on fruit and vegetable growing. The emphasis is to provide a relaxed and supportive atmosphere to encourage socialising and boost self-esteem.

For more day services and clubs in Dorset search the My Life My Care website.

Don’t forget to check out the main Dementia section on our website for a wealth of information, tips and sound advice.

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