Dementia-Friendly Suffolk: Your Guide To Local Initiatives

Dementia-Friendly Suffolk: Your Guide To Local Initiatives

Dementia can be one of the most isolating diseases, and is fairly common in those over 60 – around 1/3rd of us will experience it in our lifetimes. Suffolk is striving to be as dementia-friendly as possible by encouraging businesses and organisations to welcome and provide for those with dementia.

Suffolk County

In this page we have compiled a list of the dementia-friendly services and activities for 6 Suffolk towns that are exceptional examples of dementia friendly communities.

To search for dementia-friendly services and information in your area visit Dementia Together and filter searches by location.

You can also find out more about Dementia Care Services in Suffolk on the Age Space Suffolk Hub.

We would also like to bring attention to East of England Coop food stores, who are the largest independent retailer in the region and are committed to making there stores friendly to the elderly and those with dementia. They have stores throughout the region.

Dementia-Friendly Bury

Memory Cafés and Dementia-Friendly Eateries in Bury

Dementia-Friendly Entertainment in Bury

Dementia Accessible Cinema

Visit Bury’s Dementia Action Alliance page for more information and list of associated members.

Dementia-Friendly Exercise in Debenham

Considered to be one of the leading dementia-friendly communities in the East of England, The Debenham Project strives to give practical and emotional support to all in the area with dementia, while making their community as safe as possible to live in. Some of the activities they provide are:

  • Fit Club
    • Chair-based exercise therapy
    • Various times (check upcoming events with link below)
  • Cameo
    • Gentle intellectual stimulation with games and quizzes in a social environment
    • 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month
    • 2pm – 4pm
    • Dove Cottage, 39 High Street (inside St. Mary’s Churchyard)

Visit their website for a full list of activities and upcoming events.

Dementia-Friendly Activities in Hadleigh

Hadleigh’s Dementia Action Alliance boasts over 1800 dementia friends, 39 dementia-friendly businesses and retailers, and three weekly dementia inclusive social activities.

Memory Cafés and Dementia-Friendly Eateries in Hadleigh

Dementia-friendly coffee group
  • Ansell Memories Café
    • For anyone with dementia or their carers looking for a relaxed lunch and fun activities
    • Every Thursday
    • 11am – 2:30pm
  • The Hadleigh Ram
    • Local dementia friendly restaurant

Dementia-Friendly Churches in Hadleigh

Dementia-Friendly Entertainment in Hadleigh

Dementia-Friendly Ipswich

The County Town of Suffolk has a large amount of dementia accommodating services and activities and many Dementia Action Alliance Members.

Dementia Cafés in Ipswich

  • Monday Memories
    • 1st and 3rd Monday of each month
    • 1pm – 4pm
    • 426 Woodbridge Rd
  • Friday Friends Dementia Café
    • Activities, reminiscence therapy, lunch
    • Fridays @ 10:30am – 2pm
    • Whitehouse Baptist Church
    • Morning only is £2.50, Lunch is £4
    • Telephone to book: 01473 345350
  • Forget Me Not Café
    • Relaxed meet up for people with dementia and their carers
    • Chantry Library
    • 1st Friday of every month @ 10:30am – 12pm
    • £1 for a drink and a biscuit

Dementia-Friendly Churches in Ipswich

Suffolk Churches - Bury St Edmunds Abbey
  • Castle Hill Reformed United Church
    • Wednesday Lunch Club for the elderly
    • Busy Fingers – Knitting & Sewing Group on varying Wednesday afternoons
  • St Augustine’s Church
    • Fish ‘n’ Chips Friday
    • 2nd Friday of every month @ 11:45am – 3:15pm
    • Accompanying care is necessary
    • £6.50
    • Telephone to check availability: 01473 712225

Dementia-Friendly Entertainment in Ipswich

  • Ipswich Town Football Club
    • Disabled and Dementia Friendly
    • Call ahead of the game to make sure they can accommodate you
  • Wolsey Theatre
    • Accessible performances
  • Red Rose Chain
    • Dementia Friendly Theater Performances
  • Music In Our Bones Singing Groups
    • Music in Mind
      • Open to all with long-term mental/physical health issues
      • 1st and 3rd Monday of the Month
      • 2pm – 4pm
    • Lifting Spirits
      • Women only singing group for those with long-term mental/physical health issues
  • Sporting Memories
    • Group for the 50s+
    • Using sporting reminiscence techniques to engage the elderly and form friendships
    • Mondays @ 10:30am – 12pm
    • Quay Place, St Mary at the Quay

Dementia-Friendly Newmarket

Part of the Dementia Action Alliance with a large range of dementia friendly services, businesses and cultural activities. Home to the Day Care Centre (CIO) that welcomes the over 50s, including those with dementia, for enjoyment of various activities and lunch.

Dementia-Friendly Shopping in Newmarket

Dementia-friendly Shopping

In addition to a branch of the East of England Coop, the Tesco Extra is a dementia action alliance member with dementia trained staff and in house café. There are also a large variety of local businesses and retailers signed up as ‘dementia friendly’ including butchers, hairdressers and electrical appliance shops. The Guineas Shopping Centre is also fully accessible and offers a mobility scooter hire facilities in the Newmarket Library within the centre. For a full list visit the Newmarket Dementia Action Alliance home page.

Dementia Cafés and Dementia Friendly Eateries in Newmarket

Dementia-Friendly Churches in Newmarket

Dementia-Friendly Entertainment in Newmarket

  • Newmarket Leisure Centre
    • Dementia friendly exercise
  • At The Stable Cinema
    • Welcomes those with dementia
  • Sporting Memories
    • For over 50s who enjoy reminiscing about their experiences of watching/playing sport
    • 2nd Friday of Each Month @ Racing Centre
    • 10:30am – 12:00pm
    • Helps support people through dementia and isolation

Dementia-Friendly Entertainment in Stowmarket

Stowmarket’s Dementia Action Alliance has a large list of businesses and organisations signed up as members, working to achieve a dementia friendly Stowmarket. As with the above towns, East of England Coop operates in Stowmarket, providing a safe and accessible shopping experience for those with mobility limitations and dementia.

The Gladstone Arms is one eatery that is dedicated to being dementia friendly. They ask that you mention your needs ahead of of your meal so that their staff can best accommodate you.

Dementia-Friendly Entertainment

Bowls Dementia-friendly Activity

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