Support for People with Dementia

Invitation to a dementia focus group

Do you care for someone with Dementia? Do you want to get involved and have a say on the long-term services available?

Marie Curie are inviting you to join a focus group and share your concerns and suggestions about the need for support for people with dementia and their carers.



Marie Curie – Listening to you

 We believe that everyone should have equal access to all the care and support they need if they are living with a terminal illness. We have just launched a three year project  to look at the needs of people living with a terminal illness, including dementia,  in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

This focus group will look at the needs of people with dementia and their carers and families. The information gathered will be used to make recommendations to Marie Curie about the changes needed to service provision to improve access for these groups.

Date: Wednesday 17th May 2017
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Social Care Wales, South Gate House, Wood Street, Cardiff, CF10 1EW.

To confirm your attendance or to get more information contact Monica Reardon:  Telephone: 029 2042 6025


Marie Curie provides care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. Our services can help you improve your quality of life if you are living with any terminal illness, and can provide care and support to meet your specific needs.

All our services are free of charge. Our Cardiff and the Vale Hospice is located in Penarth by the sea, with wonderful views overlooking the Bristol Channel. We provide a peaceful and friendly welcoming environment, offering specialist care and support, in for people living with a terminal illness and their loved ones.

Chapter – Dementia Day – film, music, art workshops, information and more!


Pop in from 9am to 8pm for  information and advice for people with Dementia, families, carers and anyone wanting to find out more.


The Memoria Project

11:00am-11:45am, Cinema 2

All are welcome to hear stories of strength and courage performed by people living with dementia and family members, followed by a Q&A with the group.  Presented with Re-Live

(57 seats, 2 wheelchair spaces, ground floor). Free


A Walk Through Dementia, Virtual Reality Experience

Drop-in 1:30pm-7:00pm, 1st Space

Researchers from Cardiff University use a unique app developed by Alzheimer’s Research UK, designed to put you in the shoes of someone living with dementia. Presented in virtual reality, you will look at everyday life through a new lens. Presented with Cardiff University

(ground floor space). Open to all, free


Academic Talks

1:30pm-7:00pm, 1st Space

Academics from across the disciplines of neuroscience, social science, biomedicine, humanities and philosophy share their research on understanding dementia and the mind. Presented with Cardiff University (ground floor space). Open to all, free.

Performance & Workshop

10:30am-1:30pm, 1st Space

Everyman Theatre Company will perform script-in-hand excerpts from their play, which takes an unusual look at older people dealing with life’s challenges. This will be followed by a discussion and workshop. (ground floor space). Open to all, free.


Art Workshops

11:00am-12:30pm, The Pottery

1:00pm-2:30pm, The Pottery

Work with artist and academic Dr Catherine Lamont-Robinson to discover how engagement with materials can make a positive impact on people with dementia. Presented with Cardiff University

(ground floor space). Open to all, free.


Hand i Pocket Funshop

Drop-in Workshop, Dutch Table


Hand i Pockets are playful sensory textile pockets, created to amuse, comfort and engage people with advanced dementia. Come and create your own, either for a specific friend or family member, or to be donated to somebody with dementia.

This project is run by the CARIAD Research Centre and is a collaboration between Prof. Cathy Treadaway at Cardiff Metropolitan University and Dr Gail Kenning at University of Technology, Sydney. (ground floor space in Chapter Caffi/Bar). Open to all, free


Dementia Friends Training

Free Information Sessions

9:30am, 12:00pm, 3:00pm

During these friendly and interactive sessions, you will increase your understanding of dementia and think about the small things you can do to make a difference to people affected by dementia in your community. Presented with Alzheimer’s Society(ground floor space). Open to all.


Dementia Friendly Screenings

Tinted Lens: A Festival of the Mind, Memory & Aging


  • Their Finest (12A)

10:30am, Cinema 1

In Wartime Britain, Catrin Cole lands herself a job screenwriting and finds that making a film that will warm the hearts of the nation involves as much drama behind the camera as there is onscreen.

(188 seats, 3 wheelchair spaces, access via steps or chair lift)


  • Calamity Jane: Singalong (U),  Cinema 1

In this classic musical comedy, Jane (Doris Day) spends her days cussing out Wild Bill Hancock, but her life as a Wild West hero is threatened when a friend threatens to make her into a ‘lady’. This dementia friendly screening includes a vocal warm up and lyrics on screen to help you sing along – fancy dress is encouraged!

(188 seats, 3 wheelchair spaces, access via steps or chair lift)

Forget Me Not: The Documentary

Plus Live Performances from the Forget Me Not Chorus and Only Men Aloud

5:30pm, Cinema Foyer, 6:00pm, Cinema 1

Join us for the premiere of this uplifting short film about the work of the Forget Me Not Chorus, who offer weekly singing sessions to help combat the loneliness and isolation of living with dementia.

The Forget Me Nots will be performing live in the Cinema Foyer prior to the event and will be joined by award winning Welsh choir, Only Men Aloud, who recently chose the Alzheimer’s Society as their charity of the year.

(188 seats, 3 wheelchair spaces, access via steps or chair lift)

Early Silent Comedy Shorts with Live Musical Accompaniment

4pm, Cinema 2

Laurel & Hardy struggle to sell Christmas trees, and Buster Keaton battles to build a house in these early shorts, accompanied by pianist Paul Shallcross.

(57 seats, 2 wheelchair spaces, ground floor)

Mad To Be Normal

Tinted Lens Screening

7:30pm, Cinema 1

In 1965, ‘high priest of anti-psychiatry’ RD Laing established Kingsley Hall as a medication-free community. His methods flew in the face of a medical establishment that considered him a dangerous radical.

+Join us for a Tinted Lens panel discussion with Director Robert Mullan after the film, to explore the mind, perception and consciousness.  Regular cinema ticket prices apply. 

(188 seats, 3 wheelchair spaces, access via steps or chair lift)

There are other dementia friendly screenings all week.  Check out Chapter’s listings here

Dementia and Communities

Are you or is anyone close to you affected by dementia?

BRG Communities 1st is partnering up with the Alzheimer’s Society to help make Butetown, Riverside and Grangetown ‘Dementia-Friendly’ areas.  This means raising awareness of what dementia is and how people can access information, support and services.

If you have a connection to someone with dementia and would like to find out more, become actively involved or have a say and help influence the way we deliver services especially within BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) communities then please see below:

Thursday 3 November – 10am – 3pm in Butetown community Centre

Alzheimer’s Society:  Communities and Dementia
Presentation and a discussion session, workshops exploring the barriers people from the BAME community face in accessing our services and how these can be overcome. The workshops will also offer individuals the opportunity to become involved in supporting changes to our services and ways of working, by informing them about current plans and projects we are running in the local area which they can join.  Lunch provided.  Please book a free ticket.

Thursday 17 November – 12pm – 2pm.  Wyndham Street Diner, Riverside
Come to our first ‘Dementia cafe’ where we will have a meal, a ‘dementia friends’ presentation and a discussion about what type of support you’d like to see in the community for older people and carers of those with dementia.

Interested in finding out more about dementia?  Please contact us.