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

MCST is a weekly one to two-hour long programme developed to support and improve memory skills for people living with mild to moderate dementia. It is the only non-drug treatment recommended to improve cognition, independence and well-being by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

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

Face-to-Face

A face-to-face group will meet 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 will be a space for carers to also meet if they wish. Carers are welcome to stay and have a cup of tea and a chat. Face-to-face sessions will cost £25, £8 for those on pension credit. 

Online

An online group will meet 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. 

Example group activities include:

  • discussions
  • word games
  • quizzes
  • physical activities
  • creative and musical activities.

The new groups will be starting in late July 2021, however, due to limited places, we would encourage you to book early to reserve your place.

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

“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 cognitive Stimulation Therapy Group Member.

“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 cognitive Stimulation Therapy Group Member.