There are many organisations that provide dementia-friendly activities and groups for people living with dementia in Hertfordshire. These Dementia-friendly activities provide spaces in which people living with dementia’s needs are focused on. Dementia cafes and music groups can also provide a great place for Hertfordshire carers of people with dementia to meet one another and provide mutual support.
You may also be interested in reading or downloading The Age Space Guide to Dementia, which includes guidance and advice on living with Dementia.
Below you can find out more about the dementia-friendly groups and activities operating in Hertfordshire that you or your relative may be interested in.
- Dementia Cafes in Hertfordshire
- Dementia-Friendly Entertainment in Hertfordshire
- Dementia-Friendly Music Groups in Hertfordshire
- Dementia Action Alliance Groups in Hertfordshire
Dementia Cafes in Hertfordshire
Dementia cafes are a fantastic opportunity for people with dementia and their carers to socialise in a comforting and supportive environment. Some cafes also have visiting dementia experts who can provide guidance, support and advice to you and your relative.
Many dementia cafes also include a range of fun and stimulating activities for people with dementia and their carers. This can include low-level exercise, singing, games and more.
There are an impressive number of dementia cafes operating in Hertfordshire. Below you can find details of the dementia cafes in the county, including where they are, when they run, and who to contact.
Dementia Cafes in North and East Hertfordshire
Memory Cafe at Layston Grove
When: First Friday of the month
Where: Layston Grove, Keen Avenue, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, SG9 9SU
Contact: 01763 274327
Dementia Cafes in North-West Hertfordshire
Dementia Café in Hemel Hempstead
When: Every other Tuesday 10am – 12.30pm.
Where: St Mary’s and St Joseph’s Parish Centre, 186 St John’s Road, Boxmoor, HP1 1NR
Contact: 01923 894222
Dementia Café in St Albans
When: Every 2nd Monday of the month 10am – 12pm.
Where: Homewood Road United Reformed Church, Homewood Road , St Albans, AL1 4BH
Contact: 07834 420 760
Home Instead Dementia Cafe St Albans
When: Held every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, from 10:30 – 12:30pm at
Where: St Mary’s Church, Marshalswick, St Albans, AL4 9QA
Contact: 01727 895941 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dementia Cafes in South-West Hertfordshire
Bushey Baptist Church Carers’ Club
When: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Where: Bushey Baptist Church, Chalk Hill, Watford WD19 4BX
Contact: 020 8950 3989
Chorleywood Memory Café
When: 1st Monday of every month
Where: High View, Chorleywood, WD3 5TQ
Contact: 01923 216967
Meriden Community Centre Dementia Cafe
When: every Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Where: Meriden Community Centre, Garsmouth Way, Watford WD25 9ET
Contact: 0300 123 4044
St Mary’s Church Memory Café and Carers Retreat
When: 10.30am to 12:30pm on the first Friday of the month
Where: St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Watford, WD18 0EG
Contact: 0777 1572 850
Chorleywood Dementia Connections Café
When: first Monday of every month 10.30 – 12.30
Where: Christ Church, The Common, Rickmansworth Road, Chorleywood, WD3 5SG
Contact: 01923 216953 or email@example.com
Dementia-Friendly Entertainment in Hertfordshire
Hertford Theatre Dementia-Friendly Film Screenings
Wellbeing Wednesdays take place at Hertford Theatre once a month, the same day as their dementia-friendly film screenings. On these Wellbeing Wednesdays there is a memory cafe at the theatre from 11:30am – 1:30pm, and then the dementia-friendly film screening from 1:30pm – 4:00pm. You can find out what films are coming up on which dates from the Hertford Theatre website.
Watford FC Golden Memories Project
Golden Memories is a reminiscence programme hosted by Watford Football Club, aimed at those living with mild to moderate dementia. Golden Memories uses a range of Watford FC memorabilia and stimuli to evoke memories and shared emotion. As well as a means of reminiscence the programme also aims to reintroduce physical activity – whether that be chair exercises or even table football.
Golden Memories is based in the Sensory Room at Vicarage Road Stadium, and runs for an initial 12 week or 18-week course of sessions. This is followed up with the opportunity to join other future Watford FC dementia sessions as one of their ‘Golden Friends’.
Telephone: 01923 496 293
Kingfisher Dementia Fun Clubs
The Kingfisher Dementia Fun Clubs, organised by the Hertfordshire Independent Living Service, offer a range of fun activities for people with dementia, individually or in groups. They will work with your relative to understand their hobbies and the activities that they most enjoy. Activities they can provide include quizzes, poetry readings, food tasting, and arts and crafts.
The sessions take place Monday to Friday from 10am until 3pm, meaning they can also provide you with respite. The fun club costs £35 per day, including the activities and a cooked lunch.
Telephone: 0330 2000 103
Dementia-Friendly Music Groups in Hertfordshire
Music is a great activity for people with dementia, as it is fun, sociable and stimulating. Many of the organisations running dementia music groups focus on music that can evoke early memories, and which is easy to get involved in. Below you can read more about the dementia-friendly music groups operating in Hertfordshire.
Herts Musical Memories
Herts Musical Memories provide music sessions for people with dementia and their families and carers to enjoy together. The sessions are fun, sociable and relaxed, and many people with dementia find singing to be an important and easy means of communication.
Herts Musical Memories run 13 singing groups for people with dementia throughout Hertfordshire, details of each you can find below.
Wheathampstead: Mondays from 10:30am – 12:00pm
Hoddesdon: Mondays from 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Bishops Stortford: Tuesdays from 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Hertford: Tuesdays from 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Hemel Hempstead: Tuesdays from 2:00pm – 3.30pm
Hatfield: Wednesdays from 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Bushey: Wednesdays from 1:15pm – 2:45pm
Letchworth: Thursdays from 10:30am – 12:00pm
Harpenden: Thursdays from 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Welwyn Garden City: Thursdays from 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Watford: Fridays from 10:30am – 12:00pm
St Albans: Fridays from 2:15pm – 3:45pm
Knebworth: Thursdays from 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Telephone: 020 8950 5757
Musical Herts provides ‘Community Music Therapy’, aimed at helping people with dementia by allowing them to take part in activity together in a shared ‘safe place’ where they do not feel judged. They stress that it is not about getting the notes right or wrong, but about feeling free to express themselves.
Access to Musical Herts music therapy support groups is by referral only, though this includes self-referrals. They request that anyone interested in attending their sessions contact them beforehand to make a referral and discuss needs.
When: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month, 1.30 – 3.00 pm.
Where: Hampson Park Community Centre, Webb Rise, Stevenage, SG1 5QU
When: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month, 10.00 – 11.30 am.
Where: The Pump House, Local Board Road, Lower High Street, Watford, WD17 2JP
When: 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month, 10.00 – 11.30 am.
Where: Barclay Hall, at the back of St Catherine’s & St Paul’s Church, Pauls Lane, Hoddesdon, EN11 8TR
Welwyn Garden City
When: 1st & 3rd Mondays of the month, 2.00 – 3.30 pm.
Where: The Salvation Army, Cole Green Lane, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 3TN
Telephone: 01582 250024
Dementia Action Alliance Groups in Hertfordshire
Dementia Action Alliances are groups that have formed in different areas of Hertfordshire to make plans and take steps towards making Hertfordshire a better place to live for people with dementia
You can find below links to all of the Hertfordshire Dementia Action Alliance groups. By visiting their sites you can read more about the efforts they are making to make Hertfordshire more dementia-friendly.