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Age UK Mid Mersey provides an advisory service, reminiscence sessions and peer group support for older people who have been diagnosed with low-level dementia.

This service is available in:
St Helens

A diagnosis of any form of dementia can be a difficult time. Age UK Mid Mersey is working in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society to provide an advisory service to older people who have been diagnosed with early onset dementia. The service provides an opportunity for carers and people living with dementia to get together on a regular basis to enjoy peer group support in a social setting where they can feel safe and part of society. Through regular dementia cafés, we are helping to ensure that people are supported and kept informed of their choices throughout their dementia journey. Age UK Mid Mersey can help people to access other services and activities including:

  • information, advice and advocacy
  • social and leisure activities
  • signposting to other services as appropriate

Location and times

Widnes Activity Group
Ditton Community Centre, Dundalk Rd, Widnes, WA8 8DF
Fridays, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Accessing this service

Get in touch for more information about the activities we run and availability.


The Mansion House
The Mansion House, Victoria Park, St Helens, WA10 2UE 
Phone: 01744 752 644
Open Mon – Fri, 9:00am – 4:30pm


Recommended Books and Websites

Community Performance by Petra kuppers, An Introduction

Petra Kuppers’ book helps people who are looking to set up a drama/dance group within the community. She focuses on: Setting up, making contact, motives, questioning the boundaries, arts in service, money, ecology, access and publicity and marketing.

Remembering Yesterday, Caring Today, Reminiscence in Dementia Care by Pam Schweitzer and Errollyn Bruce

This book is useful for helping people re-live their past through the use of drama. ‘The reminiscence approach described in this book is an example of a psychosocial intervention that is based on something we all do, and most of us enjoy – remembering and sharing stories about things we have done, places we have visited, and people who have been important to us in the past. Taking a person centred approach is essential to successful reminiscence work with people who have dementia’.

Chapters in this book: Reminiscence skills and methods, Retracing the life Course.

Games for Actors and Non-Actors, Augusto Boal

Augusto Boal (one technique) encourages the use of photographs. This technique has been a success when looking at local literature.People find out new information about each other and similar memories they have shared.

Join me in the 1900s

This site focuses on everyday life in the 1900s up to 1960 and offers an interesting and educational look at life.

Join me in the 1900s website

Dementia Friends

The website encourages people to become Dementia Friends or Champions. It provides information on training sessions in the area. 

Dementia Friends website