Dementia Embracing Community Groups

We think it’s important that people living with dementia are able to stay connected to others with a shared interest in their local community and therefore our groups are open to everyone, not just those affected by dementia.

To find out more about any of our groups email us at  info@dignityindementia.org or ring Diane on  07771 682378

Dementia Embracing Community Singing Groups in Sedbergh & Silverdale 

Our singing groups enable individuals with dementia to come together with others in their local communities to sing and have fun. While many activities are closed to people with dementia, singing has the power to reach them and put them on an equal footing with others again, even if only for that brief time.

The songs that the groups sing are chosen so that they resonate to the emotions of group members thereby improving their emotional well-being. Generally, they are upbeat from the 50s and 60s and popular shows.

If you are interested in setting up your own Dementia Embracing Singing Group in a different location, we have produced a guide to help. DOWNLOAD IT HERE.

Free Dementia Friendly Walking Groups around 

  • Arnside/Silverdale/Grange/Cartmel/Sizergh,  
  • Southern Area of the Lake District National Park, 
  • Keswick

Friendly and welcoming regular easy guided walks for people living with dementia who are accompanied by a supporter.  Generally, they start and finish at café where we go for refreshments after the walk.  However, if a café isn’t available we ask walkers bring a flask and a chair.


Woodland Wellness Sessions

There’s a wealth of research to show that spending time outdoors and close to nature can have a hugely positive effect on our wellbeing.  Therefore, we run enjoyable, friendly outdoor sessions every other week in the woods by Arnside Knott Carpark.  

Example Activities:

  • Woodland art using items from the woodland floor  
  • Cloudwatching
  • Woodland poems and literature
  • A simple lunch cooked over a fire
  • Nature quizzes
  • Making seasonal decorations 

Participants need to dress for the weather and bring a chair and a flask.

Sessions are free but we may ask for a small contribution to cover the cost of materials/food.


Zoom Poetry Chatroom 

Our zoom Poetry Chatroom provides an enjoyable hour to listen to and read poems, prose and stories.  Whilst everyone is offered the opportunity to read, there is no compulsion and a few of our members prefer just to listen.  They do enjoy contributing to conversations about the memories the readings provoke though.


Memory Meetups at Seascale Library and Underskiddaw Village Hall

Opportunities for coffee, cake and chat, along with some informal reminiscence activities.


Grow to Give Gardening Project for individuals living in the Arnside, Silverdale, Milnthorpe, Grange-over-Sands and Kendal areas

A free monthly project where individuals are given the materials (pots, compost, bulbs, seeds and plants) and instructions to grow gifts to give as a thank you to people they appreciate.  We also hold a monthly zoom gardening club for those who are happy to participate on screen. This is led by Donna, a horticultural therapist.

We also produce a monthly gardening newsletter with ideas and suggestions to help people living with memory loss continue to enjoy gardening.  If you would like to receive a copy please email Lesley@dignityindementia.org. 


Not quite a Community Group, but a fantastic resource for people living with dementia and their carers …….

Memories in Music

Gilli, one of our Community Activity Planners produces a wonderfully engaging radio show each week that plays music from the 1950s, 60s and 70s – many people have commented on what a natural DJ Gilli is. To tune in live go to candofm.co.uk at 4pm on Saturdays or catch up with past shows anytime that suits you here.

And finally something completely different …….

Dennis Wesson, one of our clients, produced the artwork for this poem, ‘The Star and the Boy’ approximately 40 years ago.  One day after walking with Lesley, one of our directors, he showed her the drawings. He can’t remember why he did them or what the original story was, however, Lesley who enjoys writing poetry, suggested that she create a poem to go with the images. This is the result. 

 Dennis is a retired graphic designer, who went to art college in Lancaster in the 1970s. Prior to developing Parkinson’s Disease and then Parkinson’s dementia, Dennis loved spending time his family and friends, cycling and playing football. These days he enjoys walking and going out for coffee. Sometimes he walks with Lesley. Dennis and his wife Jill are also valued members of Dignity in Dementia’s South Lakes Dementia Friendly Walking Group, our Woodland Wellness Group and our Zoom Poetry Group.