Dementia-Friendly Hampshire: Your Guide To Local Initiatives

Dementia-Friendly Hampshire: Your Guide To Local Initiatives

Dementia-friendly initiatives make everyday challenges like shopping and eating out less daunting and enjoyable. This can make a huge positive difference to people living with dementia and their families. Initiatives help people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community.

Hampshire is at the forefront of work nationally to develop dementia friendly communities. Work of the independent charity Dementia Friendly Hampshire has created a network of dementia friendly businesses, high streets and Dementia Action Groups (DAGs). The charity work in partnership with the largest national charity for Dementia – the Alzheimer s Society – who have presence and support services through local hubs in Hampshire.

DAGs are made up of people who have come together to make their communities more Dementia Friendly. There are currently 34 DAGs across Hampshire; some are more established than others but each are working with the same aim in mind. To get involved in your local group, visit Dementia Friendly Hampshire and use the drop down DAG menu to find contact details in your area.

Dementia-Friendly Shopping in Hampshire

Dementia friendly high streets have improved signage and public transport, making access easier to navigate for those living with the condition. Within stores, customer service is dementia friendly as staff are trained to support people who may struggle to pay or look for what they need.

Click on your nearest area below to find out more, and contact details for how to get involved:

Dementia Friendly high-streets help with grocery shopping

Dementia Cafes in Hampshire

A dementia cafe is a safe and welcoming space for those living with dementia and their carers and families. It offers the chance to meet others, reminisce and chat about life experiences. There are a wealth of cafes across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, meaning there is definitely somewhere in your area for you and your elderly relative to enjoy.

Across Hampshire, there are networks of cafes provided by the same organisation but in different locations. Here Age Space have outlined options by provider, with links to external cafe websites where you can find everything you need.

West Hampshire Dementia Roadmap Cafes

The Dementia Roadmap is a great online resource that aims to provide high quality information about dementia services in an area. The network lists 12 cafes in West Hampshire to support people living with the condition and their families. Please click on your local cafe below to find contact details, venue and times:

Alzheimer’s Society Cafes

The charity Alzheimer Society provide a network of cafes across Hampshire aiming to give information and advice in a relaxed setting. Please click on your nearest cafe below to get more information, and have a cup of tea with someone who understands:

Dementia friendly cafes tea and talk Hampshire

Home Instead Tea and Talk Cafes, Hampshire Wide

Home Instead run free, informal and welcoming cafes with refreshments and access to information. The cafe sessions are a great way to meet other people caring for someone with dementia; the person you care for is likely to enjoy socialising too! There is no need to book. Please find the areas the cafes run in below. Click on your local area for more details on contact, venues and times:

Alzheimer Cafe, Isle of Wight

On the Isle of Wight, the Alzheimer Cafe organisation run 4 services across the island. The cafes have a supportive and friendly atmosphere for anyone whose lives have been affected by dementia. There is no need to book. Click on your nearest cafe below for more information and contact details:

Telephone (for general enquiries): 01983 220200

Dementia-Friendly Church Services in Hampshire

If faith is important to your relative there are a wealth of churches across the county that identify as dementia-friendly. This means they cater to the needs of people living with dementia. People with dementia are included in the community network through pastoral care, church buildings and specialised services and activities.

Tea after dementia friendly church service, Hampshire

Dementia Friendly Church Services are welcoming, shorter and informal with large print booklets and traditional prayers and hymns for everyone to enjoy. Some churches have partnered with local schools who provide inter-generational support. Refreshments are sometimes served afterwards, providing the opportunity to meet other people living with dementia and their families.

Below is a list of dementia friendly services that have been certified by the Dementia Action Alliance. They have been listed by area of Hampshire and their Christian denomination. Click on your local church to be redirected to their website giving more information and contact details.

Southampton Area:


Dementia friendly church services, Hampshire

Isle of Wight:

Portsmouth Area:

North Hampshire:

New Forest Area:

Singing Groups in Hampshire for People with Dementia

Dementia shouldn’t mean the end to enjoying music that people have loved their whole lives. Regular singing can help improve memory, breathing, speech, movement and confidence. Musical groups for those with dementia are a great way for people and their carers to meet people.

Singing for the Brain Hampshire

Dementia Friendly Exercise Groups

Leading an active lifestyle can have a significant impact on the well being of people with dementia. Exercise is beneficial for physical and mental health and can improve the quality of life for people in all stages of the condition. 

Swimming, Basingstoke

Dementia Friendly Swimming Swimming sessions at Basingstoke Sports Centre. with accessible equipment and facilities and assistance from specially trained staff.

Dementia friendly swimming Hampshire
  • Every Friday, 2pm – 3pm
  • Accessible equipment and specially trained staff so that your relative can swim in a safe environment.
  • £2.80 per person, carers swim free.
  • Call 01256 302219 or email for more information.

Tai-Chi, Eastleigh

A specifically adapted version of Tai-Chi that can be performed seated, standing, supported or unsupported. Groups are purposely kept small to be less daunting for those living with dementia and so that the instructor can help with each movement.

  • Every Friday, 11am.
  • Provided by MHA in Eastleigh.
  • Call 07989 710 620 for more information.

Gym, Fleet

Gym sessions for people living with dementia and carers at Everyone Active Hart Leisure Centre, Fleet.

  • Every Friday, 1pm – 2.30pm
  • Specially qualified instructors are on hand to help with equipment
  • £1 per person
  • Call 0333 005 0134 for more information

Dancing, Isle of Wight

Dancing with dementia, Isle of Wight

The Elephant Club Circle Dancing group is specifically for people living with Dementia on the Isle of Wight. Sessions are free, fun and gentle and aim to give participants physical and mental confidence.

  • First Thursday of each month, 2.15pm – 3.45pm.
  • Community Church, Cowes, PO31 7DF.
  • Free parking in church hall car park and free refreshments are served during the session.
  • Call Mandy on 07812 131 359 for more information.

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