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!

  • Parks & Recreation
    • Parks & Recreation

      Caledonian Park

      Caledonian Park have committed to setting up a new Dementia-friendly walk with local Islington tour guides. For more information visit their website.

      Singing for the Brain

      Every Tuesday 2pm-3.30pm. 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.

  • 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.

      Islington Memory Service

      Offers assessment and potential treatment alongside advice and support. Islington residents who are concerned about their memory are referred by their GP. For more information visit their website.

  • Arts & Culture
    • Arts & Culture

      Museum of London

      Museum of London are hosting and taking the lead on a new Dementia Friendly London Arts and Culture charter. They’re Memories of London project, with dementia friendly activity books and podcasts by people living with Dementia, have proved immensely popular during the pandemic, and they are looking forward to returning to joined up working with memory café, care homes and schools. 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.

  • 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.