Dementia Support Services




If so, Cognitive Stimulation Therapy can have a positive impact on these symptoms. Why not come along to one of our CST Groups. All these services are suitable for people with memory problems:


All these services are suitable for people with memory problems:

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST)   

Cost – £6 a session

CST is a therapy for people with mild to moderate dementia, developed at University College London and shown in research to have a positive impact on people’s levels of cognition, communication and quality of life. The group comprises 14 sessions, each lasting 1 hour and are for 6-8 people. The sessions are quite structured and follow a set of ‘Key Principles’ which ensure stimulating, positive, person centred therapy is delivered.  It is important to attend all 14 sessions if possible, to gain the maximum benefit.

 Maintenance Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (MCST)    Cost- £6 a session

MCST is a follow on from the initial CST group, it uses a similar format. Groups will run for at least 24 sessions. The aim of this group is to maintain the benefits achieved in the CST group so it is for people who are able to enjoy communicating and taking part in all the activities. These groups could contain up to 12 people, and also last an hour. This is specifically for people who have previously attended CST.

Outreach Support Services

All Outreach services will entail an initial home assessment.

We can offer:

A planned programme of ‘one to one’ CST work in people’s own homes or more general dementia support visits. These visits cost £15 for a 45-minute session.

These sessions will be will be delivered by a trained member of staff. During these visits, she can give advice on other services available at ACT.

We can also offer occasional Carer Support home visits.

Conversation Café

Thursdays 10am – 11.15am

£6 a session

This group is aimed at people who are waiting to start CST or have completed the CST and MCST programme, but the only real criteria you need is to be able to enjoy a conversation.

This is a relaxed coffee and chat style group using the principles of CST.

It is led by staff and volunteers trained in CST. This is a group that carers can attend as well if they wish.

 Thursday Luncheon Club

12 noon – 1pm (food served at 12.15pm)                                       Cost £8 for a set 2 course meal and staff support. Meals to be booked a week in advance. Monthly menu available.

 The Activity Group

Thursdays 1pm – 3pm   Cost £12

This group focuses on physical and creative activities, including table tennis, bowls, pool, seated ball game, knitting and table top games. There is a garden just outside the ACT Centre, which group members may plant in or just enjoy being in on a nice day.

Carers Support Groups

1st Wednesday of each month  2pm – 3 pm (times may vary while CST groups are running) No need to book you can just turn up. Occasional Extra focused Carers groups, dates will be advertised, booking essential.


ACT offers training in:

Understanding Dementia   and                                                              An Introduction to Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Workshop’                                                                                                        Please contact Sarah for further information

All our groups are led by members of ACT staff, who are supported by ACT volunteers, who have completed the relevant training in ‘understanding dementia’ or ‘Cognitive Stimulation Therapy’

We need to remind people that, while we do our absolute best to be aware of all the needs of the people that attend our groups, we are not a secure daycentre and as such there will always be an element of  risk involved in any ‘open to the public’ establishment, which our centre is.                                          We believe the benefits of this normal environment far outweigh any potential risk.

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Hayley Browne

Dementia Services Coordinator

email :

TEL. 01263 733385

North Norfolk Project

The Project

The aim of this project is to create a CST Network across North Norfolk, so that people who are living with Dementia can access CST, nearer to where they live.

We will offer:

An ongoing CST group

Outreach support to individuals and care providers.

Carer support.

CST training

This network will cover the following areas – Aylsham, North Walsham, Cromer and Fakenham.

Staff from the Aylsham Care Trust (which is our base) who are trained and experienced in working with this Therapy will be working in each area setting up these groups.

CST is usually offered for a set amount of people for a set amount of sessions. But in this case, we will offer it to more people and it will be ongoing in nature, but we will always use the essential key principles ‘

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This project is supported by:

Victory Housing


and Aysham and District Care Trust



Hayley Browne

Dementia Services Coordinator

email :

TEL. 01263 733385


 Reg. Charity No. 296411        AYLSHAM & DISTRICT CARE TRUST (ACT)

St. Michael’s Avenue

Aylsham, Norwich, NR11 6YA