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What is MCST?

Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) is a group treatment for people with mild to moderate dementia. MCST is recommended as a treatment for people with dementia by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). MCST aims to engage and stimulate people in a friendly and enjoyable group setting. Research into MCST shows that it can improve thinking abilities, as well as general well-being.

Each weekly session lasts two hours and includes a wide variety of themed activities. The sessions are facilitated by experienced AGE UK members of staff who have received training in delivery of MCST. The activities are chosen to be both stimulating and fun. An important aspect of the group is being able to socialise and share experiences with other members. Everybody is encouraged to participate but nobody is “put on the spot”. The groups are relaxed, light-hearted and fun, and group members support each other to cope with memory loss. MCST groups consist of a maximum of 8 people. Refreshments are provided.

All CST sessions are evidence-based, focussing on strengthening and maintaining:

       • orientation
       • short- and long-term memory
       • hearing / sight
       • focus / attention / concentration
       • understanding / recognition / language
       • problem solving / reasoning abilities
       • language skills / visual and spatial skills

 Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland are offering MCST at:

        Earl Shilton – Fridays 1.00 to 3.00

        Oakham - Tuesdays 10.00 to 12.00 from 2 July 2019

        Melton Mowbray – Mondays 10.00 to 12.00 from 8 July 2019

We will be launching MCST in Leicester City later in the year.   

MCST sessions cost £8.00 per session payable on the day.

For more information and to book a place call Antony Massey on 0116 2992273.

Comments from previous MCST participants:

       “I really enjoy coming to the group, we have so much fun.”

       “The group has helped improve my confidence. It’s great!!!”

       “It has been fun…I’m sure my confidence has improved.”

       “Since I started coming I feel my memory has improved.”

       “I feel the group is very good for me and I enjoy meeting other people.”

       “The group helps to keep me focused and I enjoy coming very much.“

To make a referral, either complete online or download the form below and e-mail to or post to: Antony Massey, Thorncroft, 244 London Road, Leicester, LE2 1RH.

Online Form


See Cognitive Stimulation Therapy website for additional information.