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.

Dementia Action Week May 2022

Dementia Action Week takes place from 16 to 22 May. This year’s theme is around diagnosis. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a decrease in national diagnosis rates for dementia.

This Dementia Action Week, we want to encourage those who might be living with, or close to someone who might be living with, with undiagnosed dementia to:

  • be able to understand and recognise potential dementia symptoms
  • come to us for guidance and support
  • feel empowered to take the next step
  • improve the diagnosis process for both them and healthcare professionals

Upcoming events:

  • Talking about Dementia takes place on Thursday 19 May, from 1.30pm to 3pm, for people who look after someone who has dementia, or are interested in finding out more about the condition. The session will be co-hosted by specialist colleagues in the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, who will also be able to share valuable expertise. Book your place by emailing info@islingtoncarershub.org.
  • Dementia Friendly Walks in take place in Gillespie and Cally Parks in Islington. More information available about the Dementia Friends training and the walks in this short article.
  • Find out about Dementia Friendly Islington in this article on the Caledonian Park website.

If you’d like to join other events taking place during Dementia Action Week and beyond, please see the dropdown lists below. You can also find out more by visiting the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Action Week webpage.

  • Parks and Recreation
    • Parks and Recreation

      Caledonian Park

      Walking is great for both our mental and physical health. Additionally, time spent in nature has been proven to boost our health. You can attend Caledonian Park for gentle walk with a qualified Islington Guide. This walk especially welcomes those living with dementia and their carers, though anyone is welcome to join. A hot drink is offered before the walk. The walk takes about an hour. There will be a chance to play skittles and have a chat at the end of the walk.

      Participants can meet outside the Clocktower at 11am on Saturday 25 June to join the walk.

      More information on upcoming dementia friendly events can be found on the Caledonian Park website.

      Gillespie Park

      Join Islington Ecology Centre officer Jo for a gentle walk, which will last for about an hour, around Gillespie Park, Islington’s largest nature reserve followed by free tea and coffee afterwards. 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 – not including Bank Holidays
      • 10am
      • Islington Ecology Centre in Gillespie Park, 191 Drayton Park N5 1PH

      Singing for the Brain

      The Singing for the Brain sessions take place every Monday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm (except Monday 30 May). The sessions are designed to promote well-being and build confidence, for people living with memory problems in Islington.

      Location: Hargrave Hall Community Centre, Hargrave Road, London, N19 5SP

      For more information, please contact Alzheimer’s Society Islington by calling 0208 121 5626 (9am-5pmm, Monday to Friday) or email Islington@alzheimers.org.uk.

      Cecilia’s Café

      The Dementia Café runs fortnightly throughout the year at Hargrave Hall Community Centre, Hargrave Road, London N19 5SP. Chat to people who have been affected by dementia in a friendly and relaxed, social environment at the Cecilia’s dementia café.

      Upcoming dates:

      Wednesday 11 May 1.30pm – 4.30 pm
      Wednesday 25 May 1.30pm – 4.30 pm

      If you would like more information about any of the services available, please call 020 8121 5626/07484 089543 or email islington@alzheimers.org.uk.

      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.

      Claremont Project

      Claremont Project hosts a friendly, open, and welcoming community. They have a large programme of groups, classes and projects aimed at being creative and healthy in body and mind, and at helping to develop real and lasting friendships. Most of the activities are for people aged 55 and over, and are dementia friendly.

      Please visit the website or call 020 7837 3402 to find out what’s on.

      WeSwim

      WeSwim is a safe, community swimming club, with kind, warm volunteers who are there to help and listen. The club provide a friendly atmosphere to enjoy swimming together or exercising in the water. A volunteer can swim 1-2-1 with you and make sure you’re safe in the water. The session is followed by a chat and biscuit with other swimmers.

      Sessions take place at Ironmonger Row Baths, Old Street every Tuesday at 8pm. There is a £2 charge per session.

      You can visit the WeSwim website for more information.

       

  • 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

      Dementia Choir at Brickworks Community Centre

      The Dementia Choir takes place every Monday from 12.30pm to 1.30pm at Brickworks Community Centre. The centre is looking for singers to join their brand new singing group, The Dementia Choir, for people living with dementia. No experience is required. The meetings aim to be a relaxed and fun way to meet other people who know what it’s like living with or supporting a loved one with dementia. Music will range from jazz, country to show tunes.

      If you would like more information, please contact Caroline by emailing admin@hanleycrouch.org.uk or calling 02072631067.

      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.

      Arts4dementia Chatty Wednesdays

      A weekly opportunity for people with early-stage dementia and their companions to enjoy an hour of creative making and discussion from the comfort of their own home. 

      Sessions take place every Wednesday, from 2pm to 3pm on Zoom.

      Discover Science and Sculpture at the Science Museum

      The Science Museum programme will take place between 9 June and 14 July, every Thursday from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

      Each session will focus on different objects from the medicine galleries, highlighting some of the fascinating themes such as representations of the human body and​ imaging in medicine.  Participants will experiment with different mediums of sculpture, inspired by the marvellous stories showcased in the galleries. Lunch will be provided after the session to give participants the opportunity to socialise.

  • Dementia Cafes
    • Dementia Cafes

      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.