Memory Connections run groups for people living in Bristol with mild to moderate memory loss. The sessions improve memory skills, build confidence, and offer the opportunity to socialise in a fun and supportive environment. Group members will be able to take part in meaningful and stimulating exercises, proven to help maintain memory and mental functioning.
Memory Connections runs weekly for one or two-hour long sessions, which include a variety of activities proven to improve cognition, independence and well-being. We use a model called Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) which is the only non-drug treatment recommended by the National Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for people living with dementia.
Some of the activities that you can expect in any of these sessions include:
- discussions of topics of interests
- word games and quizzes
- physical activities
- creative and musical activities
“I always enjoy Memory Connections and meeting new people; I enjoy the topics and different people's views on things. It helps my brain power because I hear different points of view.” - Group Member.
We run a weekly face-to-face groups in Henleaze. We are in the process of setting up a new group, watch this space!
Sessions cost £12.50 or £6.00 if on pension credit. The first session is free to try before you buy and after that sessions are paid for in 6-week blocks.
Our Henleaze group meets on Thursdays from 10am-12pm. We meet at Bradbury Hall, Waterford Rd, Henleaze, Bristol BS9 4BT.
Our Shirehampton group meets on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm at St Mary's Tithe Barn, High St, Shirehampton, BS11 0DE
There is a maximum number of participants for these groups, so please get in touch to book your place. Call Jo Youde, Project Co-ordinator on 0117 929 7537 or email her at MCST@ageukbristol.org.uk.
“I enjoy the sessions, I consider everybody my friend now. I think of them as someone I’ve known a long time even though we have never met.” - Age UK Somerset Group Member.