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COGS Clubs may be able to help people experiencing problems with their memory. 

What is cogs club?

The club is aimed to encourage members to participate in purposeful activities in order to develop and maintain active minds. It is modelled on Cognitive Stimulation Therapy.

For as long as a member can benefit from the stimulation, it provides the opportunity for them to recall or develop new skills in activities and to facilitate the transfer of these skills to activities at home. It also provides the family/carer/significant other with a day’s respite. Fun is a key component to the day.

A light lunch and snack will be provided along with hot and cold beverages.

Jackie's Story

When it came time for Jackie to retire from the NHS as an Admiral nurse she wanted to continue to work for people living with dementia. A carer had asked where her husband could go for stimulation. She was concerned that the only avenue open to them seemed to be day centres and in her words “he’s not that bad”. Jackie had received training in Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) which is an evidence based group programme of activity and stimulation grounded in person centred care. It is recommended in the NICE Guidelines (2006) as a non-drug related treatment for memory problems. This seemed to be the sort of thing she was looking for. CST normally runs as a two hour session, twice a week, over seven weeks and is led by professionals but as with many therapies there comes a time when a person is discharged from the service.

With this in mind Jackie developed a programme that is based on and run in the same structured way as a CST session. She extended the time from 2 hours to become a day of activity, stimulation, music and fun for a person with mild dementia.

When is cogs club?

The clubs starts at 10.00am and finishes at 3.00pm.

Harbledown House,

Fant Lane,


ME16 8NZ

Every Tuesday


Care Mark,

22 County Road,


ME14 1XJ

Every Thursday from 2nd May 2019

How much does it cost?

£20.00 per session. (Prices from 1st June 2019)

How can I access this service?

Whether you are calling for yourself or on behalf of someone you know, you will need to complete a referral form and register with the service. Please ensure you have the persons permission before making a referral for somebody else.

Simply call us on 01622 736966 to register over the phone 

Or visit us at 7 Mill Street, Maidstone for a face to face chat

Alternativly you can download the form here, and email it back to us at


Additional information

We do not provide transport to this club. Clients will have to make their own arrangements.

Two of the authors of CST, Dr Aimee Spector and Professor Bob Woods have given advice and support for this project. For more information about CST :

We are working in partnership with The Royal British Legion Industries and Caremark Maidstone.

We are in urgent need of volunteers to help support our Parkwood Cogs Club