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Dementia – Journeys through memory archives


Dementia is caused by a number of diseases that affect the brain and it progresses in a way that's unique to each person.


Supporting someone with Dementia

  • Find out what dementia diagnosis a person has. There are 106 types of syndrome so never just accept "Dementia".
  • Music can be very significant for people with dementia and can have a very positive effect.
  • Memory boxes filled with personal items help people living with dementia recall people and events from the past and help trigger happy memories.
  • Outside space is important because it gives everyone the opportunity to exercise and get some fresh air. It relieves tension and anxiety plus it's a great way to get some personal space.




Volunteer at a Dementia cafe in Hertfordshire


Dementia Café in Welwyn

Volunteer at St Francis of Assisi Church Hall on Church Road in Welwyn Garden City every 3rd Tuesday of each month between 10.30am– 12.30pm.

Email the team to apply for the role. 




Dementia Café in Hemel Hempstead

Volunteer at St Mary's and St Joseph's Parish Centre, 186 St John's Road, Boxmoor, HP1 1NR, every other Tuesday 10am – 12.30pm.

Call the Dacorum branch on 01923 894222 for more information.




Dementia Café in St Albans

Volunteer at Homewood Road United Reformed Church, Homewood Road , St Albans , AL1 4BH, every 2nd Monday of the month 10am – 12pm. 

Call Jennifer Hewson on 07834 420 760 or email her to apply for the role.




Working with adults with learning disabilities who have dementia – a medical perspective

Dr Paul Bradley is a consultant psychiatrist for adults with learning disabilities in St Albans and Harpenden. He's been working for Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust since 2012. Since 2013 he's been developing and leading the learning disabilities memory service in West Hertfordshire.

He has written an article on what he and his team have been doing to help support those with learning disabilities and dementia.





Recent events

Dysphagia (swallowing problems) Event, community centre, Kings Langley – 17 March 2017

An event run by the HCC Community Learning Disability Nursing Team. For service users, carers, family and health professionals to commemorate Nutrition & Hydration week.

Read our event poster for more information on our Dysphagia event

Future Heroes event at the Fielder Centre, Hatfield – 20 March 2017

Calling all 12-18 year olds with an interest in working in a health or caring profession. Doctors, nurses, dentists, midwives, physiotherapists, radiologists and social workers are just some of the professionals who will be on hand to talk about their jobs and how to follow in their footsteps.

Visit the Future Heroes webpage for more information about the event


Learning Disability Week, 19 – 25 June 2017

People with a learning disability can find it difficult to make friends, and still often face isolation and exclusion from everyday activities.

We are celebrating the vital role friendships and relationships play in people with a learning disability being included in society.

Visit the Mencap website for information on how you can get involved.