Dementia-friendly communities

There are many projects across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to support local communities to become better places for people with dementia and their families and friends to live. The key organisations involved in these projects are:

Projects to create dementia-friendly communities in Bristol include:

  • Memory cafés supported by Alzheimer's Society
  • The 'Active Together' project aims to help people living with dementia continue to participate in activities they enjoy such as walking, swimming, cycling or going to the gym with the support of a volunteer. Find out more here.
  • Bristol Dementia Action Alliance is working with local churches and business such as Bristol International Airport to make Bristol more dementia friendly.
  • The Bristol Royal Infirmary have made changes to ward 4, the medical assessment unit to make it more dementia friendly
  • Dementia friendly swimming in pools across Bristol. Here's a short film about this work:

Projects in South Gloucestershire include:

  • Dementia Friends Sessions and Retreat Memory Café
  • South Gloucestershire Dementia Action Alliance is led by Winsome Barrett-Muir ( of Southern Brooks Community Partnership, based at Coniston Community Centre. Winsome supports people looking to raise awareness of dementia and develop community support, especially in Kingswood and amongst our BAME communities.
  • Priorities have been shaped through consultation with local people affected by dementia
  • A monthly Memory Café has been established, staffed by volunteers and supported by the Alzheimer's Society
  • 'Sporting Memories' clubs dedicated to using sports-based reminiscence, social activities and physical activity to enhance the wellbeing of older adults and tackle social isolation.

To find out more about the projects being undertaken please look at the relevant organisation's website.

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