Alzheimer’s Society renews K&SDAA ‘Working Towards Dementia Friendly’ status

The Keynsham & Saltford Dementia Action Alliance (K&SDAA) have this week received the good news that as a result of their efforts over the last twelve months they have successfully retained and renewed their status of ‘Working Towards Dementia Friendly 2019-2020.

Chairman of the group Alan Hale told us “This renewal speaks volumes for the work that the volunteers on the DAA put into trying to make the two communities dementia friendly for those living with dementia and also their carers.”

The group run a regular ‘Music for the Mind’ on the second and fourth Thursday at St Dunstan’s Church Hall between 1030 and 1215 and this event recently celebrated its 50th session. Since its small beginning it now attracts up to eighteen people living with dementia together with their carers. Anyone who has received a diagnosis of dementia is welcome to attend with a carer and the sessions are provided free.

Volunteers also carry out ‘dementia friendly surveys’ of shops and business premises where the public have access and these are advisory and provided free. The group are keen to hear from customer facing businesses to invite them to conduct the survey.

‘Dementia Friends’ sessions are also available from the group and these can be delivered to businesses, groups such as churches, clubs or any other gathering. The sessions last just sixty minutes and the aim is to give those who attend a much better understanding of dementia and the challenges for those living with dementia. They can also tailor a shorter presentation delivering the main messages if time is limited for the attendees.

Recently the DAA partnered with Churches Together in Keynsham & Saltford to support an initiative by Barbara Outhwaite to provide a short church service for those living with dementia. Seven people living with dementia attended with carers and a few supporters from the churches and it is anticipated, that in the same way that Music For The Mind has grown, the attendance at the services will grow exponentially in November and December. The DAA provided a tea after the service.

Currently Homemakers at the Baptist Church are supporting the DAA as are Tangent who meet at the Saltford Golf Club.

Anyone or any organisation or company interested in any of the services that the DAA provide can make contact with them on email at or on 0117 9837923.


New Initiative with St Dunstan’s

A new initiative in Keynsham is hoping those who are living with dementia will be able to attend a shorter church service to follow their faith.

A member of St Dunstan’s church, Keynsham, Barbara Outhwaite came up with the idea of providing a short twenty minute service on a Sunday afternoon so that Christians, or indeed anyone living with dementia could attend without committing an hour or so to a full service and any issues that it might cause them.

Barbara told us “People living with Dementia  and older people have never been forgotten by the people of Keynsham and Saltford. Churches Together in Keynsham & Saltford (CTKS) has long had a dedicated team of people who hold Christian services inside the care homes. What is new in what I am doing is to give Dementia sufferers the opportunity to experience a service inside a church.”

Supported by CTKS, she reached out to the Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance (K&SDAA) for their support and involvement also and her request was immediately answered.

Chairman of K&SDAA Alan Hale told us “Receiving Barbara’s request was great because our aim is to make Keynsham & Saltford more dementia friendly and we can only do that with the help of the community and this church initiative, is a positive move to help and support those living with dementia. We are pleased to be supporting it. We would ask any other organisation or business that is interested in making Keynsham and Saltford more dementia friendly to contact us.”

The first service is being held at St Dunstan’s Church on Sunday October 6th at 3pm and will be followed by a tea in the church hall afterwards sponsored and organised by the K&SDAA.  This first  service will be a Harvest Festival Thanksgiving service.

On Sunday November 3rd the second service will be a Remembrance Service  and on Sunday December 8th it will be a Christmas Carol Service both will start at 3pm and be followed by a tea.

Whilst primarily for those living with dementia or any type of memory problem and their carers and families, the services will be open to anyone wishing to support such a worthy venture to just turn up. For those living with dementia but not regular worshippers the aim is to give them the experience of being inside a church in an atmosphere of calm and is also supported by Outreach to Older People as part of the ongoing work of CTKS.

The church is ideal for this event as it has a good car park, and wheelchair access into the church and with toilet facilities for the disabled in the adjacent church hall.

More information can be obtained by contacting us through the website or speaking to Alan Hale – Mobile: 07776493221   Landline: 0117 9837923.


Grant received from Keynsham Town Council

On Wednesday 17th July our treasurer Mike Knight attended a Grants Presentation Evening for Keynsham Town Council, where he was presented with a cheque for £500 for our group. This will help us to continue our Music for the Mind sessions and the other work we do to make Keynsham and Saltford more dementia friendly. The photograph shows Mike receiving the cheque from Dave Biddleston, the Chair of the Grants Committee. The council has been a great support to the group since it was founded in 2016.

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Great Attendance July 11th

We had our most successful session on Thursday July 11th when we had about 80 people in St Dunstan’s Church Hall. We normally have between 40 and 50 people present that includes people living with dementia, plus their carers and our volunteers. This was a special event as we invited a class from St John’s Junior School to come along and sing to us. They did a concert for us last Christmas that went down very well with everyone. The children were encouraged to talk to our guests and everyone seemed to enjoy the experience.


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A donation of £400 has also been received in memory of John Humphreys who sadly passed away recently.



Second Anniversary Celebration

The Keynsham & Saltford Dementia Action Alliance recently celebrated the second anniversary of its ‘Music for the Mind’ sessions.

This service started out as one Thursday morning per month, it’s popularity meant that very soon after the launch the DAA had increased its offer. Now on the second and fourth Thursday of the month (1030 until 1215) around 15 people living with dementia attend, together with their carers. It is a wonderful atmosphere and is obviously enjoyed because most people come to every session.

Thanks for your continued help with everything.