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New Memory Connections Group.

Published on 26 July 2021 02:10 PM

Memory Connections is a new group that uses Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) to support older people living in Bristol with mild to moderate memory loss

It is part of a nationwide pilot project through Age UK, and we are working closely with Age UK South Gloucestershire and Age UK Taunton to promote the groups which are available online and in-person.

The groups will follow a 24-week course developed by Professor Aimee Spector who specialises in clinical psychology which is also recommended by UK government guidelines (NICE, 2018).

Sessions will offer meaningful activities with a different theme each week offering stimulating activities to help maintain memory such as discussions, quizzes, games and creative activities.

Professor Spector said, “Through research we found people receiving MCST continued to retain some of their cognitive skills over a period of up to 6 months compared to a control group receiving no treatment. There was a statistically significant difference in the quality of life.”


Meet Miranda

Miranda has recently joined Age UK Bristol as the Memory Connections Coordinator; coming from a background in community navigating and teaching Miranda has an interest in neuroscience and is currently completing her masters at the University West of England in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Miranda said, “MCST brings together therapeutic and creative processes and considers the importance of human connection, communication and reducing social isolation. It has been proven to help sustain the memory loss of older people. Experiencing memory loss can cause a change in identity and many people to grieve that change, I wanted to support people going through this change and to rebuild their confidence.”

Miranda and her team of dedicated volunteers will be on hand to meet and greet new service users and their carers or family members - the project is very much focused on supporting the individual needs of different people and also provides a space for carers to have a break. Introductory sessions are available so that you try out a session before committing to the full programme. “We will aim to bring people together,” said Miranda. “Bringing a sense of belonging and building new memories.”

Miranda and her volunteers have all been double jabbed and will be following covid conscious safety procedures at the in-person sessions taking place every Monday 10-12 at the New Room, John Wesley Chapel, Horsefair, BS1 3HB.

To find out more about the sessions or to refer yourself or someone else visit the Memory Connections webpage here. If you have any questions about Memory Connections please email