Have you been recently diagnosed with Dementia? Are you looking for an opportunity where you can share your feelings and experiences with other people also recently diagnosed? Where you can try new things and make new friends?

Budding Friends is a project that supports people with dementia to find ways to live well and enjoy life.

The groups will be made up of people over the age of 50 who have dementia and either a family member or their main carer. These couples will go through the project together.

The group will meet up and get involved with a variety of activities that the group members themselves decide they want to do.

We will also be outdoors for some of the time as there is an overwhelming amount of evidence to suggest that there are increased health and well-being benefits to being in the open air.

Age UK Exeter volunteers working at our Budding Friends allotment

Come and join us on our allotment! Our volunteers have already made great strides in getting it ready for the project.

Age UK Exeter volunteers at our Budding Friends allotment

Listen to an interview about Budding Friends with Ann and Brian

Contact us about Budding Friends and Carers Support Group

For more information please call Penny Unitt on 01392 202092 or email p.unitt@ageukexeter.org.uk

Penny will talk to you about the project to see if it's for you. Please give her a ring to find out more.

Penny Unitt


Budding Friends in the news!

Well-known artists – photographer Ian Beesley, cartoonist Tony Husband and poet Ian McMillan – ran a series of creative workshops with Budding Friends. They talked, and laughed over what the allotment meant to them, what it means to have made new friends who were in the same situation, and what living with dementia was like for both the person with the diagnosis and their partners. It has culminated in a powerful, humorous, heart-warming Chap book entitled ‘The Allotment of Time’... see the whole story here: Click

A huge thank you to Tesco who supported this project through their Bags of Help scheme.

Tesco Bags of Help

Age Positive: rather than talk about ‘the elderly’, ‘pensioners’ or ‘OAPs’, which can be excluding or have negative connotations, we use the term ‘older people’. Age UK Exeter is committed to helping people love later life.

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