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Memory Connections is a new group 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 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 Group Member.

We will be running two face-to-face groups each week, one in Withywood and one in Henleaze.

Each session costs £25, or £8 for those on pension credit. The first session is free to try before you buy and after that sessions are paid for in 6-week blocks.

Withywood Group

Our Withywood group meets on Wednesdays from 3.15pm-5.15pm. We meet at the New Beginnings Day Centre, Withywood Centre, Queens Road, Bristol, BS13 8QA

At the same time as the group, there is a space for carers to stay and have a cup of tea and a chat, if they wish.

Henleaze Group

Our Henleaze group meets on Thursdays from 10am-12pm. We meet at Bradbury Hall, Waterford Rd, Henleaze, Bristol BS9 4BT.  At the same time as the group, there is a space for carers to stay and have a cup of tea and a chat, if they wish.

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.