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Age UK Salford have secured funding for Maintenance Cognitive Therapy (MCST)

Published on 01 June 2021 02:56 PM

Funding secured for Maintenance Cognitive Therapy (MCST) for people in Salford living with mild to moderate dementia

Age UK Salford's Dementia Support Service  (DSS) have secured funding from the National Age UK to train 4 staff members to deliver Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) for people living with dementia with mild to moderate symptoms.  

After someone is diagnosed with dementia, they may be offered Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) which is a short-term programme for up to 7 weeks.

CST is the only non-drug treatment recommended to improve cognition, independence and well-being by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) .

MCST is a longer programme of 24 weeks.  Group members take part in meaningful and stimulating activities, proven to help maintain memory and mental functioning. The groups provide a fun, supportive environment where people can build new friendships. 

DSS plan to deliver weekly group sessions both online and face to face. The groups will run on a Thursday from July 1st to the end of December.


The online sessions will be for 45 minutes only (this group will be held on a Thursday morning at 11am).  We can loan a tablet, with protective case, TP link and sim card if an individual doesn't have their own.  There are 5 places only for this group.


The face-to-face group will be held at Humphrey Booth Day Centre in Eccles (where we have hired a room specifically for the MCST sessions) and will run on a Thursday afternoon from 1pm-3pm.  There are 8 places only for this group.

Once we receive a referral, a cognitive assessment will be carried out by one of our Project Leads at the individuals' home, following Covid safety measures. 

We are taking referrals now so please contact us on or phone 07928826036.