A chance for people with memory problems to enjoy social interaction in a friendly supportive environment.
The Peartree Memory Clubs are for people living with dementia, or symptoms of cognitive impairment, who wish to be as self reliant as possible. The club is not for carers - it is for people experiencing memory or memory-related problems, whilst still living independently in the community. They will be managing with only intermittent assistance from others.
Who is it for?
- age 65+
- resident in Milton Keynes
- diagnosis of dementia
People are welcome to attend the club for as long as they are able to benefit from socialising. Inevitably, there will come a time when it is no longer suitable for their needs. The club is run by a co-ordinator and a team of dedicated volunteers.
What is on offer?
We offer stimulating group activities that are enjoyable and help build self confidence. We have a short mat bowls set, a small pool table and lots of board games and puzzles. Most sessions end with ten minutes of seated-chair exercises (often to the theme tune of Dad's Army) or a singalong with percussion instruments. We have done flower arranging, watercolour painting and planting up pots, as well as wordsearch and reminiscence books. We also just sit, drink tea and chat.
The clubs have a high ratio of DBS-cleared volunteers to club members. Everyone is given a warm welcome and no one is left to sit on their own without company. The club aims to help members continue to live as well and as positively as possible. If people do not enjoy socialising or taking part in group activities this may not be the right environment for them. Light refreshments are served.
How much does it cost?
- Currently £2 per session
- Monday 2.00 - 4.00pm
- every fortnight
- at The Peartree Centre
Please call us on 01908 550700 to find out more
Transport is not provided
Age UK Milton Keynes is unable to provide transport to the club. Members will need to ask their spouse, relative, friend or neighbour to give them a lift. Or they can come by taxi or catch a local bus. If a person lives near enough they could walk or use their electric buggy to get to The Peartree Centre.
We hope that carers enjoy a short break while we give the person with dementia the chance to improve their self-esteem by doing something successfully and independently. Carers can spend the time as they wish, knowing that their loved one is being well looked after. We provide a safe, stimulating environment for members of the club as well as support to their carers and relatives.
New Friday club starting soon
We are delighted to confirm that we will be starting another Peartree Memory Club on a Friday afternoon. The new club will run 1.30 - 4.30pm every week. The cost will be £10 per person, which covers all activities and an afternoon tea. Please contact us on 01908 550700 if you are interested in attending the Friday afternoon session at The Peartree Centre.
On Monday 4th March 2019 club members enjoyed making pancakes (including tossing them) and then watched some of the volunteers in a pancake race. We think Dick won, but it wasn't easy to tell.