Southern Brooks Community Partnerships

Dementia Awareness

Success Stories

This October, the SGDAA are launching a survey to find out what difference becoming a Dementia Friend has made to you and our community.

We want to know what our Dementia Friends think regarding; the difference it's made to the local community, how it's made a difference for those living with Dementia, and would they recommend becoming a Dementia Friend to others, and why.

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Since 2013, we have been leading a number of initiatives to make South Gloucestershire more dementia-aware and inclusive. We offer support and activities for people living with dementia and their supporters/carers.

For more information contact us:


Or telephone 01454 868570

The Retreat Memory Cafe

The cafe runs on the second Monday of every month, and is open to anyone with dementia, and their carers. There are fun activities, crafts, singing and invited speakers. It's a great opportunity to meet, socialise and relax in a caring environment.

Cafe Volunteers

We have a great team of volunteers to run the cafe, but more helping hands are always welcome! If you would like to help out too, please get in touch. Full training will be provided.

For more information on the Cafe, or a volunteer application pack, please email:

dementia@southernbrooks.org.uk or call 01454 868570

Alternatively, download an application pack here:

Lead Memory Cafe volunteer

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Volunteer Application Form inc equalities form

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Dementia Friends: Dementia awareness sessions

If you want to know more about dementia, you can come along to an hour-long Dementia Friends session that will give an introduction to dementia and examples of local dementia-friendly work. There are monthly, free Dementia Friends sessions at Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway BS34 5DQ.

Contact Carol Eddon on 0117 979 3732 or email carol.eddon@btinternet.com.

We are also happy to provide in-house dementia awareness sessions for your staff/volunteers. For more information contact: dementia@southernbrooks.org.uk

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For further information on the Dementia Friends initiative, how to become a Dementia Friend, or if you are interested in becoming a Dementia Champion following your Dementia Friends session, please contact dementia@southernbrooks.org.uk

After attending Dementia workshop Anna was so inspired by the efforts of others and the dementia friendly initiative, she thought my firm has to get involved. Read more about Anna Molter's story here.

Patchway Memory Café

" Southern Brooks Community Partnership"  helps set up the café which is now part of "Precious time Consortium" , which is a collective of groups and activities for older people in Patchway.

Come along to the Memory Café to meet others, share experiences, hear from experts and join in on trips and activities. It is free and everybody is welcome.

When and where is it?

First and third Monday of the month

10.30am to 12.30pm

At the Casson Centre, Rodway Road, Patchway BS34 5DQ.

Contact: Carol Eddon on 0117 979 3732 or email: carol.eddon@btinternet.com

In 2014, our local secondary school, Patchway Community College, took part in a project named "Lasting Memories", in conjunction with Patchway Memory Cafe.

Six students were chosen to meet people living with dementia at Patchway Memory Cafe, and to make an educational film about dementia. Their meetings centered around the young people asking the people with dementia about their early lives, doing some research about the things they learnt, and presenting it back to them.

The film follows the learning of the young people, and the positive interactions there are between the young people and the people living with dementia.

The Memory Cafe users all said they really enjoyed spending time with the young people, and the students equally enjoyed their time with the Cafe members, and learnt a great deal about dementia.

South Gloucestershire Dementia Action Alliance (SGDAA)

Since January 2015, Southern Brooks has been leading work to support communities and organisations across South Gloucestershire to become more dementia-aware and friendly. This has been commissioned by South Gloucestershire Council and Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dementia Friends session: An opportunity to learn about dementia and how it is experienced by those who are affected by this illness. It will help to build understanding and remove the negative stigma that is associated with this condition.

For more information Contact: dementia@southernbrooks.org.uk

We had a Dementia Friends’ session in the Branch. It was a surprise to find that staff have family members who are affected by dementia as it is something they had not really discussed. We have started giving out Patchway Memory Café leaflets to our customers. The knowledge that there is a source of help in the community for them is a lifeline for myself personally. Thank you for helping us be more aware to help our customers when they need us in difficult circumstances." Carol, Customer Services at Lloyds Bank, Patchway