Singing for the Brain is a service provided by the Alzheimer’s Society where you can meet new people in a friendly, fun and social environment.
Singing can improve your brain activity, wellbeing and mood and you don’t need to be a good singer to benefit. Join for fun vocal warm-ups and sing a wide variety of familiar and new songs in a supported environment.
The group is hosted by skilled, compassionate and experienced group leaders and runs fortnightly on Thursdays from 10am – 12pm at Muchelney House, Abbots Close, Ilminster TA19 0EF.
For more information, get in touch via the details below.
Roots and Boots provides nature-based activities for people with dementia, and their carers.
It’s a chance to get outdoors, unwind, listen to the birds and make new friends whilst undertaking gardening tasks, nature walks or art and craft activities, and takes place on the first and third Mondays of each month between 2pm – 4pm at the Carymoor Environmental Centre in Castle Cary.
If you’d like more information about these free activities afternoons, contact Jackie Gage using the details below.
Our Dementia Support Workers offer information and practical guidance to help you understand the condition, cope with day-to-day challenges and prepare for the future.
Face-to-face, over the phone or in writing they will help you to:
The Filo Project is an award winning not-for-profit social enterprise offering high quality small group day care for older people who are socially isolated and are experiencing symptoms associated with early to moderate dementia.
Transport is included in the service meaning we can support even the most geographically isolated. The intimate environment is key, no client is overwhelmed by a large group. We liken the day with the Filo Project to spending a ‘day with friends’.
Reconnect is a free service that offers practical support to people, throughout Somerset, with dementia and memory problems. We visit people in their homes weekly, usually for approximately an hour, for a maximum of two years. We support people to manage their paperwork and finances and ensure they’re receiving the correct benefits. We can also support them to access social opportunities, maintain a safe home and find solutions to the issues that memory problems often bring. Anyone can refer to our service.
We can help you if;
– You live in Somerset
– You are 65 years+ old and experiencing memory loss
– You are under 65 and have a diagnosis of dementia
To access our service, all we require is a completed referral form. Anybody can refer to our service, as long as the person that they are referring agrees to this. We can forward referral forms via the internet, alternatively we are happy to assist people to complete one over the phone.
‘Memory Connections’ is our Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) weekly programme of meaningful and stimulating activities for people living with mild to moderate dementia.
A Memory Connections group session offers its members a range of enjoyable activities providing general stimulation for thinking, concentration and memory. Each week we will cover different themes and topics such as; Life History, Current Affairs, Word Games, Physical activity, Music, Creativity and much more. We aim for the sessions to group led, our members can even choose topics/themes they would enjoy discussing to encourage a greater engagement and enthusiasm.
Our trained specialist team deliver the sessions, group members are encouraged to engage in a wide variety of activities to promote the maintenance of an active and stimulated mind.
Memory Connections (Dementia MCST) can accommodate people with or without a formal dementia diagnosis; please speak to our friendly team for further information.
Participants can attend face-to-face group sessions or virtual sessions at home using Zoom.
11.15am meet at The Angel Cafe. Drinks, sing song, games and lunch. For anyone who is living with Dementia or has memory problems.
Supported group for people living with memory loss and their loved ones.
Drop in and meet new friends enjoy new activities, coffee and a chat.
Every Friday 10-12pm.
Chard Young people’s centre,
Please call Judith for more information.
The Memory Café is a place for people with memory problems or dementia, and their carers, to meet others in a similar situation.
Share experiences, make friends, enjoy activities and find information and support.Free of charge.
For further information please contact Steph on 01963 350210 or Carybrook on 01963 359700
First and third Wednesday of every month, 10.30am-12.30 am.
Carybrook, Millbrook Gardens, Castle Cary.
For anyone living with or supporting someone living with dementia. Fun, friendship, refreshments, games, information & support.
Alternate Wednesdays 10-12am – restarting on 6th October 2021.
The Minster Rooms , Court Barton, Ilminster TA19 0DU (behind The Dolphin Inn).
Call Lydia Munday for more information.
Dementia Action Alliances are made up of organisations and individuals, working together to radically improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers. DAA’s often are working towards making their community Dementia Friendly.
South Somerset DAA’s include;
Yeovil Dementia Action Alliance
Wincanton Dementia Action Alliance
Somerton Area Dementia Action Alliance
The SW DAA’s are listed here
Dementia Talking Point is a helpful online community where anyone who is affected by dementia can receive valuable support. The community is free to use, open 24 hours a day and all you need is an internet connection.
Ask questions, share experiences and get information and practical tips on living with dementia. From the Alzheimer’s Society.
On Dementia Talking Point you can:
Ask for advice
Read other people’s stories
Offload your concerns about dementia
Share helpful information
If you have questions or concerns about dementia, call our National Dementia Helpline for expert information and support.
Helpline opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday: 9am – 8pm
Thursday and Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Feel better with a book at free Shared Reading group. Everyone is welcome to join to share a story and poem.
· Yeovil Library, Mondays, 11.30am – 1.00pm
Please contact us for more information.
The Dementia Advocacy Service is run by Swan Advocacy in Somerset. Our project covers Somerset, Wiltshire and Bath & North East Somerset.
The Dementia Advocacy Service supports people with a concern about their memory or a diagnosis of dementia, to complete a Living Well Plan.
A Living Well Plan is a record of your hopes and preferences for the future. It allows you the opportunity to reflect on your past, identify things that are important to you today, whilst expressing your hopes and wishes for the future.
Please contact for more information.
Works with individuals affected by mental health issues and other difficulties, in order to help them towards recovery, increased independence and/or greater well being and quality of life. Offer a variety of courses, classes and therapies. Run ‘Memories’ workshops twice a week for individuals suffering with Dementia.
A place for people with dementia & their carers to meet others in a similar situation, in a relaxed social setting.
You can spend time sharing information & experiences, or simply have a cup of tea & a chat.
Held: Fortnightly on a Thursday, 10:30am to 12:30pm
Please call for more details about attending.
Re-opening Jan 2022; Carers and relatives welcome too at Village Hall Curry Rivel; Call Adrienne 01458 252710 for more details.
Singing for the memory. Light refreshments provided. £2 a session.
Second wednesday of the month, 10am – 11.30am. Meets at Grovelands, 45 Grove Avenue, Yeovil, BA20 2BE
For people with dementia or memory loss, the Memory Group provides a happy, social session offering a personal, engaging and interactive experience. The group offers company, comfort and stimulation with the option of a 2 course meal served at lunchtime. The 3hour session also provides a few hours valuable respite for carers.
Please note- before attendance an assessment will need to be undertaken to ensure the group is suitable. Please contact the Henhayes Centre on 01460 74340 for more information.
Every Monday 10am to 1pm, lunch served at 12:30pm.
If you are worried, either about our own or someone else’s memory, visit our website for local Somerset services and support.
The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans, and their families. This includes Admiral Nurses and Care Homes. Please note that Legion beneficiaries can be either the person with dementia or the carer.
with specialist dementia wings for long term residency or respite care.
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