Dementia Awareness

Islington has been recognised by the Alzheimer’s Society as a community working towards becoming Dementia Friendly!

There are around 1,500 Islington residents living with dementia. For people in the early stages of dementia, symptoms can be quite subtle. During these earlier stages people with dementia can and do live independent and active lives within their local communities. With more support and understanding people have a much higher chance of living well.

Islington Council is committed to making Islington a friendly and accessible place for someone living with dementia and their carers. We are working with our community partners who are also committed to making this happen:

Check out the dementia-friendly activities and services available in Islington below!

The Islington memory and dementia navigator service

The Islington Memory and Dementia Navigator Service offers support to people living with dementia and their carers in Islington.  If you have concerns about your memory or a diagnosis of dementia please speak to your GP about being referred to the service.

  • Parks and Recreation
    • Parks and Recreation

      Gillespie Park

      Join the Ecology Centre manager Sally for a gentle walk, which will last for about an hour, around Gillespie Park. No need to book in advance, you can just turn up! The walk welcomes people living with dementia and their carers.

      • First Friday of the month
      • 10.00am
      • The Ecology Centre in Gillespie Park, N5 1PH

      icon–phone 0207 527 4374

      Caledonian Park

      To read more about Dementia Friendly Islington, please follow the link to this Caledonian Park blog.

      Singing for the Brain

      Every Monday, between 1.30pm and 3.30pm at Hargrave Hall Community Centre, Hargrave Road, London, N19 5SP. Join other people with dementia and their carers for a virtual version of our Singing for the Brain group session.  Join via zoom on your computer, tablet or smartphone:

      To register to attend please contact Beverley on  or 07484089543.

      Cecelia’s Memory Café

      Ceclia’s Memory Café takes place at Hargrave Hall Community Centre. The sessions run fortnightly between 1.30pm and 4.30pm throughout the year but please email Beverley on for more details on timings and to book your place as space is still limited.

      Upcoming dates:

      • 10 November
      • 24 November
      • 8 December
      • 22 December

      The Memory Café

      The Memory Café is open from 10.30am to 12.30pm every Tuesday at Christ Church Highbury. There is more information available on the Christ Church Highbury website.

      Memory Group 

      You can join the Memory group, every Monday from 11.00am to 12.30pm at Sotheby Day Centre.

      Please call David on 07400085886 or the centre on 020 7226 1421 for more details.

  • Support for Carers
    • Support for Carers

      Islington Carers Hub (a service run by Age UK Islington)

      A carer is anyone who provides support for a partner, relative or friend who cannot manage on their own. The Islington Carers hub are a great advocate of Dementia friendly work and run Dementia Friends information sessions for their carers and volunteers. For more information visit their website.


  • Arts and Culture
    • Arts and Culture

      Museum of London

      The Museum of London offers a range of dementia-friendly activities through their programme Memories of London. They offer onsite and online programmes including monthly online ‘Time For A Cuppa’ workshops, led by artists, and are looking forward to re-starting their onsite dementia-friendly tours, intergenerational programmes and more. They also have a host of resources on their website to download including Creative and Connected booklets and podcasts co-created with those affected by dementia. The Museum of London Museum also lead on the new Dementia Friendly Venues Charter, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society and GLA, which aims to make the cultural sector accessible for all those affected by dementia. For more information, visit their website.

      Park Theatre

      Pre-covid the Park Theatre ran regular dementia friendly showings of their plays, accompanied by a dementia friendly guide. They have been able to continue their reminiscence drama sessions and free choir for people living with dementia and their carers during lockdown. For more information visit their website.

      Arts4dementia – Arts for Brain health workshops

      The workshops are for adults with:

      • early stage dementia
      • mild cognitive impairment
      • memory worries who have yet to receive a formal diagnosis, or are going through memory assessment

      You can self-refer into the programmes, but can also be referred by your social prescriber.

      A4D Dabke Folk Dancing with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance

      Dance, the combination of music and movement, is a powerful antidote to dementia and cognitive worries.

      In this 8-week programme participants will dance together and explore the communal and celebratory folk dance of Dabke, an intergenerational Middle Eastern dance.

      • Location: Abbey Centre (Westminster)
      • Day: Fridays between 8 October and 26 November
      • Time: 10.30am – 12.00pm

      A4D Castles, Roses & Beyond – exploring canal art with London Canal Museum

      An opportunity to visit the fascinating Canal Museum and discover the intriguing history of our canals in a creative 8-week programme. You will be given the opportunity to handle artefacts, explore art history, and create their own artistic responses.

      • Location: London Canal Museum (Kings Cross)
      • Day: Tuesdays between 28 September and 16 November
      • Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm

      A4D Chatty Wednesdays

      A weekly opportunity for people with early-stage dementia and carers to socialise, engage creatively, share experiences and ideas and enjoy a laugh in an online group chat.

      • Location: Online, Zoom
      • Day: Wednesdays
      • Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm



  • Pop-up Cafe
    • Pop-up Cafe

      StAns Wellness Café

      A fun vintage style pop-up Café serving tea, coffee and homemade cakes and biscuits at the historical St Andrew’s Church, Thornhill Square, N1 1BQ. The idea of StAn’s Café is to welcome the community to our church. StAn’s Café is a place to relax and safe haven café where families can bond and interact as one. It is a place to reminisce and create new memories. For more information, visit their Facebook page.