There are many organisations that provide dementia-friendly activities and groups for people living with dementia in Hertfordshire. These Dementia-friendly activities provide spaces to focus on the needs of those living with dementia, as well as providing their carers with great places 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 Cafés in Hertfordshire
Dementia Cafés are a fantastic opportunity for people with dementia and their carers to socialise in a comforting and supportive environment. Some cafés 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 cafés in the county, including where they are, when they run, and who to contact.
The Heather Club, Hemel Hempstead
The Memory Lane, Harpenden
- When: Every Monday (excluding bank holidays), 2:00pm – 3:30pm.
- Where: The Salvation Army, Leyton Green, Harpenden, AL5 2TG
- Contact: 07834 420 760
Home Instead Dementia Café, St. Albans
Bushey Baptist Church Carers' Club
Memory Café and Carers Retreat, Watford
- When: Third Wednesday of each month, 10.30am to 12:30pm
- Where: Cheslyn House and Gardens, 54 Nascot Wood Road, Watford, WD17 4SL
- Telephone: 01923 250513
- Visit Website
Chorleywood Dementia Connections Café
Dementia-Friendly Entertainment Groups in Hertfordshire
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. The programme also aims to reintroduce physical activity – from chair exercises to table football.
Golden Memories is based in the Sensory Room at Vicarage Road Stadium and is a 12 week programme for guests and carers. This is followed up with the opportunity to join other future Watford FC dementia sessions as one of their ‘Golden Friends’.
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 crafts.
The sessions take place Monday to Friday from 10:00am until 3:00pm, meaning they can also provide carers with respite. The fun club costs £35 per day, including the activities and a cooked lunch.
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 is easy to get involved in and can evoke early memories. Below, you can read more about the dementia-friendly music groups operating in Hertfordshire.
Herts Musical Memories
Herts Musical Memories provides fun, sociable and relaxed music sessions for people with dementia and their families and carers to enjoy together. Many people with dementia find singing to be an important and easy means of communication.
Herts Musical Memories run eight singing groups for people with dementia throughout Hertfordshire, in Cuffley, Harpenden, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Knebworth, Watford, Wheathampstead and St. Albans. You can visit the Herts Musical Memories website or get in touch using the provided details for more information on the sessions.
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. They run group sessions in Broxbourne, Luton, Stevenage and Watford.
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.
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 links to all of the Hertfordshire Dementia Action Alliance groups below. By visiting their sites you can read more about the efforts they are making to develop Hertfordshire into a more dementia-friendly county.