Day opportunities and activities

Day services and other activities to provide support, rehabilitation and develop your skills

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  • Aldbury Day Care

    Day care for people with dementia at the Aldbury Care Home in Poole.

    • Aldbury Day Care: 01202 746752
  • Art Workshop - Swanage

    Art Workshop is a charity space in central Swanage dedicated to providing accessible art workshops for everyone, regardless of artistic skill or resources. We specialise in easy, low-tech art-making for people who want space to develop confidence or socialise.

    • Art Workshop - Swanage: 01929 475883
  • Arts 4 Dementia

    Arts 4 Dementia helps develop activities at arts venues to re-energise and inspire people in the early stages of dementia and their carers. Check our website for details of events throughout Dorset.

    • Arts 4 Dementia: 020 3633 9954
  • Body Balance - Over 60's Dance

    Gentle and fun exercise class aimed at bettering posture, strength and stability, reducing the risk of falls and improving balance!

    • Jasmine Taylor: 07531 455882
  • Castle Hill House Day Care

    The garden room at Castle Hill House runs a day care service for people to come and visit our lovely home. We offer morning or afternoon sessions or whole day sessions that run from 10am to 4.30pm. All sessions include refreshments and a freshly prepared home cooked meal. Please contact us for details.

    • Castle Hill House Day Care: 01747 854699
  • Coda Music Trust

    A unique resource on the Dorset/Hampshire border providing music tuition, creative music workshops and music for health and wellbeing for people of all ages and all abilities.

    • Coda Music Trust: 01425 276161
  • Countrymen's Club

    Countrymen's Club is a group that meets at a working farm near Sherborne. It is for older men (50 and over) who want to remain active and involved in the countryside.

    • Countrymen's Club: 01963 210703
  • Dementia Adventure

    Supported holidays for people with dementia and their carers. The Dementia Adventure Trust supports people living with dementia and their carers by underwriting the cost of our holidays and breaks to make them as affordable as possible.

    • Dementia Adventure: 01245 237548
  • Dorchester Connect

    Dorchester Connect offers services to older people, as well as people with physical and learning disabilities.

    • Elaine Grant: 01305 269073
  • Durlston Country Park and Durlston Shed

    We hold various events at Durlston Country Park, including many free events where donations are welcome. Please check our website for details of dates of when the events are taking place. Events marked with the forget-me-not symbol are suitable particularly for those with dementia. There are also sessions at Durlston Shed which are open to all but particularly suitable for people with dementia.

    • Durlston Country Park and Durlston Shed: 01929 424443
  • Ferndown Plus

    Ferndown Plus is a specialist dementia day opportunities centre providing a caring and supportive service to people with dementia. We also offer a range of activities and services to the wider community. These include professional entertainment (free of charge), hairdressing, a monthly carers group and a 'sitting service'. Please contact the centre for more details.

    • Ferndown Plus: 01202 894426
  • Fernhill Day Care

    Day care for people with dementia at the Fernhill Care Home in Ferndown.

    • Fernhill Day Care: 01202 651800
  • Fordingbridge Activity Group

    An activity group hosted by Avon Valley Dementia Support for people with dementia, their carers, family and friends. Our activity groups give people affected by dementia the opportunity to take part in structured activities. Run by a facilitator, who encourages and supports people to take part, the groups are also a chance to relax and socialise.

    • Nicki Gordon or Gilda Newsham: 07900 006 988 or 01425 473 777
  • Fordingbridge Music Group

    A music group for people with dementia hosted by Avon Valley Dementia Support. Our activity groups give people affected by dementia the opportunity to take part in structured activities. Run by a facilitator, who encourages and supports people to take part, the groups are also a chance to relax and socialise.

    • Nicki Gordon or Gilda Newsham: 07900 006 988 or 01425 473 777
  • Future Roots

    Day service for adults and older people at a horticulture and rural skills centre. Services offered to adults with mental health problems and to older people with dementia or those that have become isolated.

    • Future Roots: 01963 210703
  • Greenwood Club - Dorchester

    If you have dementia or are caring for someone with dementia you are welcome at our Greenwood Club. The group is supportive and friendly. We learn greenwood working skills, rural crafts and cook over open fires.

    • Jill: 07813 814875
  • Greenwood Club - Holton Heath

    Do you enjoy being outdoors and learning new skills? If you have dementia or are caring for someone with dementia you are welcome at our Greenwood Club. Come along to learn about conservation, greenwood working skills, rural crafts and cook over open fires.

    • Jill: 07813 814875
  • Health and Well-being Programme - Ferndown

    We have various fitness and disabled swim sessions held throughout the week which are also open to people with dementia. Please check our website for a timetable. Please note that for some sessions you will need to be referred by your GP or health professional.

    • Health and Well-being Programme - Ferndown: 01202 877468
  • Highcliffe Dementia Social Group

    A social group for those affected by memory loss and their carers in the Highcliffe area.

    • Sally Palmer: 07541 331881
  • Highcliffe Plus

    Highcliffe Plus is open Monday to Friday offering day opportunities to people with dementia. We deliver a variety of activities that are interesting and fun as well as providing an opportunity to meet new people.

    • Karena Welham: 01425 278644
  • Island Community Action - Forget-Me-Not Songsters

    We are a dementia friendly group where you can come along to remember your old favourite songs and learn new ones.

    • Island Community Action: 01305 823789
  • Love to Move

    A fun age- and dementia-friendly seated movement programme to music.

    • Katie Wilford: 07446 401838
  • Melodies for Memories (Age UK) - Beaminster

    Music has proven to be beneficial for retaining memory in later life. When memory is failing a person, they are very likely to be able to recall a familiar melody. Melodies for Memories is an informal and fun music group for anyone who enjoys music and is affected by memory loss.

    • Hilary Foggo: 01305 269444
  • Melodies for Memories (Age UK) - Chickerell Weymouth

    Music has proven to be beneficial for retaining memory in later life. When memory is failing a person, they are very likely to be able to recall a familiar melody. Melodies for Memories is an informal and fun music group for anyone who enjoys music and is affected by memory loss.

    • Hilary Foggo: 01305 269444
  • Memory Cafe - Blandford

    Memory Cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia, families and carers to meet with others, ask questions of professionals and learn from the experiences of others.

    • Memory Cafe - Blandford: 01202 764352
  • Memory Cafe - Boscombe

    Memory Cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia, families and carers to meet with others, ask questions of professionals and learn from the experiences of others.

    • Memory Cafe - Boscombe: 0300 123 1916
  • Memory Cafe - Bridport

    Memory Cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia, families and carers to meet with others, ask questions of professionals and learn from the experiences of others.

    • Memory Cafe - Bridport: 01202 764352
  • Memory Cafe - Broadstone (Tea and Chat Drop-in)

    A memory café for people with dementia and their carers in the Broadstone area.

    • Annette Brooke:
  • Memory Cafe - Christchurch

    Memory Cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia, families and carers to meet with others, ask questions of professionals and learn from the experiences of others.

    • Memory Cafe - Christchurch: 01202 764352
  • Memory Cafe - Dorchester

    Memory Cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia, families and carers to meet with others, ask questions of professionals and learn from the experiences of others.

    • Memory Cafe - Dorchester: 01202 764352
  • Memory Cafe - Ferndown

    Memory Cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia, families and carers to meet with others, ask questions of professionals and learn from the experiences of others.

    • Memory Cafe - Ferndown: 01202 764352
  • Memory Cafe - Hamworthy

    Memory Cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia, families and carers to meet with others, ask questions of professionals and learn from the experiences of others.

    • Memory Cafe - Hamworthy: 01202 764352
  • Memory Cafe - Lyme Regis

    A Memory cafe in Lyme or Uplyme. The group will provide a supportive environment for people suffering memory loss and their carers. There will be activities such as music, singing, games, memory boxes, outings and talks. We would hope to also bring health care professionals in to provide support and advice to carers. If you are interested please contact us. We are also looking for volunteers, so please contact us if you can help.

    • Jane Thomas: 01297 443481
  • Memory Cafe - Oakdale, Poole

    Memory Cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia, families and carers to meet with others, ask questions of professionals and learn from the experiences of others.

    • Memory Cafe - Oakdale: 01202 764352
  • Memory Cafe - Shaftesbury

    Memory Cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia, families and carers to meet with others, ask questions of professionals and learn from the experiences of others.

    • Memory Cafe - Shaftesbury: 01202 764352
  • Memory Cafe - Sherborne

    Memory Cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia, families and carers to meet with others, ask questions of professionals and learn from the experiences of others.

    • Memory Cafe - Sherborne: 01202 764352
  • Memory Cafe - Swanage

    Memory Cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia, families and carers to meet with others, ask questions of professionals and learn from the experiences of others.

    • Memory Cafe - Swanage: 01202 764352
  • Memory Cafe - Verwood

    Memory Cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia, families and carers to meet with others, ask questions of professionals and learn from the experiences of others.

    • Memory Cafe - Verwood: 01202 764352
  • Memory Cafe - Wareham

    Memory Cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia, families and carers to meet with others, ask questions of professionals and learn from the experiences of others.

    • Memory Cafe - Wareham: 01202 764352
  • Memory Cafe - Westbourne

    Memory Cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia, families and carers to meet with others, ask questions of professionals and learn from the experiences of others.

    • Memory Cafe - Westbourne: 0300 123 1916
  • Memory Cafe - Weymouth

    Memory Cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia, families and carers to meet with others, ask questions of professionals and learn from the experiences of others.

    • Memory Cafe - Weymouth: 01202 764352
  • Memory Cafe - Wimborne

    Memory Cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia, families and carers to meet with others, ask questions of professionals and learn from the experiences of others.

    • Memory Cafe - Wimborne: 01202 764352
  • Mindful Cafe - Gillingham

    Mindful is a registered charity created to support local projects for older people (age over 65) with mental health problems and their carers and people of any age who have memory loss or dementia.

    • Barbara Turnbull or Sally Nutbeem: 07840 424148 (Sally) or 07910 663392 (Barbara)
  • Mindful Cafe - Stalbridge

    Mindful is a registered charity created to support local projects for older people (age over 65) with mental health problems and their carers and people of any age who have memory loss or dementia.

    • Barbara Turnbull or Sally Nutbeem: 07840 424148 (Sally) or 07910 663392 (Barbara)
  • Mindful Marching On

    Mindful Marching On is a social activity group in North Dorset for men with memory problems, using electronic gadgets and gizmo's (e.g. Ten Pin Bowling, Golf, Tennis, Car Racing) to engage in fun and entertaining games and a great chance to socialise. Just come along and watch or join in.

    • Sally or Mike: 01747 852153, 07840 424148 (Sally) or 07504 821558 (Mike)
  • Moordown Plus - Specialist Dementia Service

    Moordown Plus is a specialist service, supporting people with medium to high level dementia, helping them to live well with dementia in a safe, secure, stimulating and supportive environment.

    • Moordown Plus - Specialist Dementia Service: 01202 228540
  • Museum Memory Club - Poole

    Do you live with memory loss or dementia? Join us for a social afternoon of reminiscence, friendship and support.

    • Anna Shiels: 01202 633971
  • Music for Memory

    A music group for people living with any form of memory loss including Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, their carers and friends.

    • Gemma Dixon: 07891 838969
  • Poole Plus Specialist Dementia Service

    Poole Plus supports clients with medium to high level dementia in a safe and secure environment.

    • Poole Plus Specialist Dementia Service: 01202 721722
  • Pramalife Clubs and Groups

    Groups include Memory Lane to support people with dementia or memory loss and their carers, Sporting Memories for sports fans and Craft and Chat for those who enjoy crafting and want to make new friends and learn new skills.

    • Pramalife Clubs and Groups:
  • Reminiscence Group - Christchurch

    Come along to chat about times past and meet new friends. The library provides resources and books for the group.

    • Reminiscence Group - Christchurch: 01202 127200
  • Reminiscence Group - Corfe Mullen

    Come along to chat about times past and meet new friends. The library provides resources and books for the group.

  • Reminiscence Group - Wimborne

    Come along to chat about times past and meet new friends. The library provides resources and books for the group.

    • Reminiscence Group - Wimborne: 01202 882770
  • Revitalise - respite holidays

    We provide respite holidays for disabled adults and carers, as well as dedicated breaks for people with Alzheimer's and carers. We currently run three accessible holiday centres in Southampton, Chigwell in Essex and Southport in Merseyside.

    • Revitalise - respite holidays: Bookings: 0303 303 0145
  • Royal Voluntary Service

    Royal Voluntary Service volunteers provide practical support and companionship to help people get the best out of life.

  • Shaftesbury Plus

    The service offers person-centred support to people with dementia to promote individuality and independence and to combat loneliness and isolation.

    • Shaftesbury Plus: 01747 854959
  • Singing for the Brain - Blandford

    Singing for the Brain is based around the principles of music therapy and singing. The structured group sessions use music to encourage communication and participation and include opportunities to talk to other people. Each session includes a range of activities including vocal warm-up and singing a variety of familiar and new songs.

    • Singing for the Brain - Blandford: 0333 150 3456
  • Singing for the Brain - Christchurch

    Singing for the Brain is based around the principles of music therapy and singing. The structured group sessions use music to encourage communication and participation and include opportunities to talk to other people. Each session includes a range of activities including vocal warm-up and singing a variety of familiar and new songs.

    • Singing for the Brain - Christchurch: 0333 150 3456
  • Singing for the Brain - Dorchester

    Singing for the Brain is based around the principles of music therapy and singing. The structured group sessions use music to encourage communication and participation and include opportunities to talk to other people. Each session includes a range of activities including vocal warm-up and singing a variety of familiar and new songs.

    • Singing for the Brain - Dorchester: 0333 150 3456
  • Singing for the Brain - Gillingham

    Singing for the Brain is based around the principles of music therapy and singing. The structured group sessions use music to encourage communication and participation and include opportunities to talk to other people. Each session includes a range of activities including vocal warm-up and singing a variety of familiar and new songs.

    • Singing for the Brain - Gillingham: 0333 150 3456
  • Singing for the Brain - Poole

    Singing for the Brain is based around the principles of music therapy and singing. The structured group sessions use music to encourage communication and participation and include opportunities to talk to other people. Each session includes a range of activities including vocal warm-up and singing a variety of familiar and new songs.

    • Singing for the Brain - Poole: 0333 150 3456
  • Singing for the Brain - Sherborne

    Singing for the Brain is based around the principles of music therapy and singing. The structured group sessions use music to encourage communication and participation and include opportunities to talk to other people. Each session includes a range of activities including vocal warm-up and singing a variety of familiar and new songs.

    • Singing for the Brain - Sherborne: 0333 150 3456
  • Singing for the Brain - Westbourne

    Singing for the Brain is based around the principles of music therapy and singing. The structured group sessions use music to encourage communication and participation and include opportunities to talk to other people. Each session includes a range of activities including vocal warm-up and singing a variety of familiar and new songs.

    • Singing for the Brain - Westbourne: 0333 150 3456
  • Singing for the Brain - Weymouth

    Singing for the Brain is based around the principles of music therapy and singing. The structured group sessions use music to encourage communication and participation and include opportunities to talk to other people. Each session includes a range of activities including vocal warm-up and singing a variety of familiar and new songs.

    • Singing for the Brain - Weymouth: 0333 150 3456
  • Southill Plus

    We provide a range of quality day services for clients with dementia with a quiet, calm and relaxing atmosphere.

    • Southill Plus: 01305 760402
  • Step Outside - Kingston Lacy

    Come and join us at our allotment gardening group for people with dementia and their carers.

    • Sarah Rampton: 01202 764352
  • The Filo Project

    The Filo Project offers high quality day care in an intimate home setting in the community for small groups of older people. Our service supports individuals who are socially isolated, many experiencing symptoms associated with moderate dementia, including memory loss. In Dorset, we have services in Lyme Regis and Bridport.

    • The Filo Project: 0333 939 8225
  • The Green Shed

    The Green Shed is an award-winning workshop, assisting adults with learning disabilities. We offer a range of work based activities and are situated at Castle Gardens, Sherborne.

    • The Green Shed: 01935 814548
  • The Greengage Project

    Greengage Community Allotment in Swanage is run by a group of volunteers and focuses on fruit and vegetable growing. The emphasis is to provide a relaxed and supportive atmosphere to encourage socialising and boost self-esteem.

    • Katie Wilkinson: 01202 692033
  • The Rex Cinema - Dementia Friendly Screenings

    Everybody welcome at our monthly dementia friendly screenings.

    • The Rex Cinema - Dementia Friendly Screenings: 01929 550905
  • Valley View Community Care Farm

    A community care farm, open to all, in Lytchett Matravers.

    • Emily Hibbs: 01202 801808
  • Wareham Plus

    Wareham Plus is a day care provider in the centre of Wareham. We provide services for up to 30 people per day to older people and those who have conditions usually associated with aging. Our staff are experienced, well trained and committed to providing excellent care to those that attend.

    • Wareham Plus: 01929 554618
  • Wellbeing Walks - RSPB Weymouth

    Join us for this free fortnightly event at Radipole Lake in Weymouth, a chance to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy a gentle stroll experiencing the sights and sounds of our nature reserve. This is a sociable event great for a healthy body and mind. This event is particularly suitable for anyone wanting to lose weight, recovering from illness or wanting to improve their mental health and wellbeing. The walk is also dementia friendly.

    • Wellbeing Walks - RSPB Weymouth: 07398 816490