Dementia Embracing Community Singing Groups (currently in Ambleside, Sedbergh and Silverdale with plans to set up groups in other parts of Cumbria)

Our singing groups enable individuals with dementia to come together with those 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 groups provide an opportunity for people with dementia and their carers to attend together and get a huge boost through a shared activity, or alternatively carers may prefer to use the time for personal respite knowing that their loved one is safe and having a good 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.

Click here to listen to a recording from our Ambleside Group produced by BBC Radio Cumbria, which highlights how beneficial our singing groups are.

£2.00 per session to cover cost of refreshments.

  • Ambleside Songsters takes place in Ambleside Library, Kelswick Road, Ambleside, LA22 0BZ between 11 – 12.30 on Fridays (Does not run during August).
  • Sedbergh Songsters takes place at Gladstone House, Fell Close, Sedbergh, LA10 5AP between 10.30 – Noon on Monday’s during term time.
  • Silverdale Songsters takes place at St John’s Church Hall, Emesgate Lane, Silverdale, LA5 0RH between 10.30 – 11.30 on Fridays (Does not run during August).

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.


Dementia Embracing Community Come Dancing Groups (currently in Milnthorpe with plans to set up groups in other parts of Cumbria)

Funded by the Heritage Lottery, this project aims to recreate the atmosphere of 1950s and 60s dance halls.  People can dance to their hearts content or just sit, watch and enjoy listening to the music.  It’s open to the whole community and Dignity in Dementia will be available to support those with dementia.

Cost £2 per session to cover refreshments.

Due to the success of our dancing sessions we have been approached by a number of people for advice on how to set up something similar in other areas. Therefore we have produced this Guide which provides information on how we went about establishing the project.

Dementia Embracing Relax and Reminisce Reading Group sessions (currently in Arnside & Ambleside with plans to set up groups in other parts of Cumbria)

Join us to listen to engaging poems, prose and stories and share the memories they evoke.

Rediscover some literary gems from your past and unearth some new ones. Open to all including those with dementia and their family carers.

£2.50 per session. Contact us for more information.