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‘Memory Connections’ is our Dementia Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST) weekly programme of meaningful and stimulating activities for people living with mild to moderate dementia. 



Watch to find out how Vernon, Doug and Ian found friendship through an Age UK dementia support group as part of the MCST programme.

About our Memory Connections groups

A Memory Connections group session offers its members a range of enjoyable activities providing general stimulation for thinking, concentration and memory. Each week we will cover different themes and topics such as; Life History, Current Affairs, Word Games, Physical activity, Music, Creativity and much more. We aim for the sessions to group led, our members can even choose topics/themes they would enjoy discussing to encourage a greater engagement and enthusiasm.

Our trained specialist team deliver the sessions, group members are encouraged to engage in a wide variety of activities to promote the maintenance of an active and stimulated mind.

Memory Connections (Dementia MCST) can accommodate people with or without a formal dementia diagnosis; please speak to our friendly team for further information.

Participants can attend face-to-face group sessions (MCST) or virtual sessions at home using Zoom (vCST). 


What some of our group members, their partners and carers say...

 

“I enjoy the sessions very much. I think you spend a lot of time doing a lot of good work putting the sessions together. I would definitely recommend them to others.”
Age UK Somerset virtual CST Group Member. (May 2021)
 
“I enjoy the sessions, I consider everybody my friend now. I think of them as someone I’ve known a long time even though we have never met.”
Age UK Somerset virtual CST Group Member (May 2021)

“Just wanted to let you know that my father has been so much more positive with the last 2 sessions. His level of engagement is greater and he seems to understand better how important it is for him to try and stay connected to the world around him.”

“Your session today lifted my wife’s spirits enormously. Thank you so much for all your input and preparation. It is so nice to see Helen more cheerful during this difficult lockdown period.”

Get in touch to find out more

Face-to-Face Sessions

Memory Connection Groups will run across Somerset in two locations. These will be held in a community halls and sessions will last for two hours giving Carer’s valuable respite time. Members will meet in small groups (maximum of eight) with much care being taken to make sure that we are COVID safe.

Face-to-face sessions will run across 6 weeks and cost £25 per session.

 

TUESDAYS

 

Taunton MCST group, Somerset

10:30-12:30

Britton’s Ash Community Hall, West Monkton

WEDNESDAYS

 

Weston super Mare MCST group, North Somerset

10:30 – 12:30

Milton Baptist Church

 

Online Sessions

Virtual CST (vCST) groups will run on ‘Zoom’ each week, each session will last for approximately one hour and have a maximum of 6 members.

vCST sessions will be held on Monday 10:30am-11.30am or Tuesday 2pm-3pm.

Virtual CST sessions will be at £15 per session across 6 weeks.

Support is available if people would like to join the online group but don’t have a device, internet connection and/or the skills to use. So, please ask us for support if you don’t feel confident joining online.

We can offer an option of loaning one of our brand new ‘Facebook portal’ devices at no extra cost. These make our vCST groups much more accessible. You can also use the ‘Facebook Portal’ to support your loved one at home – this may be to keep in touch with loved ones or even ask it questions, it’s a very interactive device we are really excited to offer!

Smilings during an online CST session

The new groups will be starting in August 2021, however, due to limited places, we would encourage you to book early to reserve your place.

Interested in joining?

If you are interested in joining one of our groups please click the button to complete the short form and we'll get in touch. Thanks.

Download our 'Memory Connections' MCST Leaflet

Learn more about the 'Memory Connections' programme.

Learn about the benefits of CST

The Benefits of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) is proven to initially, slow the progression of dementia and increase quality of life and is recognised by the NHS as THE leading non-pharmaceutical intervention for those recently receiving a dementia diagnosis. CST focuses on exercising parts of the brain which are not used day to day, creating new neural connections stimulating brain growth and maintenance, encouraging new thoughts, communication, word finding and using the imagination when the memory is not accessible.

  • Creates opportunities for people to learn in a relaxed and fun environment
  • Improves concentration, mental abilities and memory
  • Improves mood
  • Allows people to express their feelings and views, and encourages peer support
  • Improves the wellbeing of members and their carers
  • Helps members and their carers to cope and live with dementia

Download and Print a copy of the Memory Connections Leaflet to share with others

This version of the 'Memory Connections' MCST leaflet is formatted to make it easier to print as a leaflet.

If you or someone you know might benefit from this service, please register your interest by calling 01823 345613 or emailing infoandadvice@ageuksomerset.org.uk