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*As an introductory offer, the first two sessions that you attend are completely free.*

Memory Connections is a new group for people looking to improve their memory skills, build their confidence, and socialise in a fun and supportive environment. This group is suitable for people living in Bristol with mild to moderate memory loss.

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
  • fun quizzes
  • physical activities
  • creative and musical activities

“I enjoy the sessions very much. I think you spend a lot of time doing a lot of good work putting the sessions together. I would definitely recommend them to others.” - Age UK Somerset MCST Group Member.

We will be running two groups, one face-to-face and one online, each week. The groups provide a supportive environment where people can take part in activities that interests them and build new friendships. Group members will be able to take part in meaningful and stimulating exercises, proven to help maintain memory and mental functioning.

Face-to-Face

Our face-to-face group meets on Mondays from 10am-12pm. We are meeting in Bristol city centre at the New Room, John Wesley Chapel, Horsefair, BS1 3HB. At the same time as the face-to-face group, there is a space for carers to stay and have a cup of tea and a chat, if they wish. Face-to-face sessions cost £25, £8 for those on pension credit.

Online

Our online group meets on Tuesdays from 10am-11am. The group will be held over Zoom. Support is available if people would like to join the online group but don’t have a device, internet connection and/or the skills to use Zoom. So, please ask us for support if you don’t feel confident joining online. Online sessions will cost £15, £5 for those on pension credit.

There is a minimum number of participants for these groups to run, please get in touch to book your place.

“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 MCST Online Group Member.

How to Join

To refer yourself or someone else to Memory Connections, please complete the referral form below and email to MCST@ageukbristol.org.uk.

Please ensure you complete all sections of the form.

Memory Connections MCST Referral Form

For more information, please contact Age UK Bristol on 0117 929 7537 or email MCST@ageukbristol.org.uk