We provide groups tailored for people living with dementia, to help them remain active and live well with dementia in their own homes and local community.
Please note, in-line with current government guidelines on COVID-19, all of our face-to-face services have been suspended until further notice.
Horticultural and Arts Groups
Our horticultural and arts groups are based on Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) for people diagnosed with mild to moderate dementia. Activities include:
- reminiscence, reflection and discussion.
Sessions are based in an accessible resource centre and activity room in Lewisham, and many activities take place outside in a restored Victorian Garden or nature reserve.
Our seated exercise session runs weekly and has an emphasis on improving physical health and wellbeing for people living with dementia. This is a popular session of seated exercise to music led by an experienced dance and movement facilitator.
Dementia hub focus group
The focus group is for our clients who are in the early stages of dementia. It provides a chance to get together and become involved in projects and campaigns that improve the lives of people with dementia living in the borough of Lewisham.
The group has been involved with a number of initiatives, including contributing to dementia research and consultations regarding dementia. The group also plays a key role in making Lewisham a more dementia friendly borough, and has advised local businesses and services on the challenges people with dementia face with access or signage, and how they can be more dementia aware.
In our fortnightly shared reading group delivered in conjunction with the Reader Organisation, our clients meet to read aloud together. They cover a wide range of material including poems, short stories and extracts from novels. This is a great way of coming together to share stories and memories and make connections with other local people living with dementia.
Benefits of Dementia Groups
The benefits of these groups for people living with dementia include:
- increased social interaction
- maintenance of mental and physical wellbeing
- maintenance of everyday living skills so people can stay in their own homes and communities for longer
- use and maintenance of cognitive (brain) functions
- improving confidence and self-esteem
- improvements in quality of life whilst living with dementia.
How to Access Activities & Groups
Our specialist dementia activities and groups are only available to our clients diagnosed with dementia, as part of an agreed support plan.
To find out if we can help you live well with dementia, please contact us.