Dementia Action Week (21 – 27 May 2018)

A range of activities are taking place in Plymouth to mark Dementia Action Week 2018.

Organisations such as Plymouth City Council, Drake Circus, Improving Lives Plymouth, Age UK Plymouth, Moments Café and Community Hub and Derriford Hospital are taking part in events throughout the week to raise awareness of dementia and to encourage individuals and organisations to take action that will make everyday life better for people affected by dementia.

Carole Burgoyne, Strategic Director for People at Plymouth City Council, said: “It is great to see so many different partners in Plymouth working together to recognise Dementia Action Week. We are always looking at new ways that we can make Plymouth a more Dementia Friendly city. In 2016, Plymouth was named as Dementia City of the Year so we want to build on this and continue the good work.”

Claire Puckey, Dementia Friendly City Coordinator for Plymouth City Council said: “There are loads of great events taking place this year in Plymouth so if you want to know more about Dementia and how you can help make the city more Dementia Friendly then please do get involved.”

Ian Sherrif, Chair of Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance, said: “It is estimated that there are over 3000 people within Plymouth with dementia, with two-thirds of those living independently within the community.

“We hope that people take the opportunity during Dementia Action Week to find out more and get involved.”

Events taking place throughout the week include:

Monday 21 May 9am – 6pm


St Luke’s Hospice Information Stand Drake Circus Mall
Monday 21 May 10am -12pm Reminiscence Morning – All are welcome North Prospect Library
Monday 21 May 3pm – 4pm Reminiscence Afternoon -All are welcome Peverell Library
Tuesday 22 May 9am-6pm Plymouth City Council Trading Standards Information Stand. Drake Circus Mall
Tuesday 22 May 10am Dementia Action Walk: A history walk for carers and those they care for living with dementia facilitated by Improving Lives Plymouth and Plymouth Library Service. The walk is aimed to prompt and stimulate memories about old Plymouth and enable people to share these memories in a safe, dementia friendly way. Meet at Smeaton’s Tower, Plymouth Hoe.
Tuesday 22 May 10.30am – 3.30pm A reminiscence display of fashion, shopping and leisure. All welcome, just drop in to look at the objects and share any memories. The Box Community Hub, House of Fraser store (On 5th Floor next to the café)
Tuesday 22 May 2pm – 3pm Dementia Awareness session – All are welcome. Devonport Guildhall
Tuesday 22 May 2pm – 3pm Dementia Friends Awareness session – All welcome. St Budeaux Library Meeting Room
Wednesday 23 May 9am – 6pm Nash & Co Solicitors information stand. Drake Circus Mall
Wednesday 23 May 2pm – 3pm  Reminiscence Afternoon – All welcome. Efford Library
Wednesday 23 May 2.30pm – 3.30pm Reminiscence Afternoon – All welcome. West Park Library
Wednesday 23 May 2:30pm -3:30pm Dementia Friends Awareness Session with refreshments – all welcome.


Devonport Library
Thursday 24 May 9am -6pm Alzheimer’s Society information stand Drake Circus Mall
Thursday 24 May 9am -10:30am Dementia Awareness Sessions for retailers. Drake Circus Management Suite Conference Room
Thursday 24 May 10:30-11:15am Rhymetime Mash-up! For little ones and grandparents-All welcome! Southway Library
Thursday 24 May 9am – 5pm Information stand about dementia and the dementia friendly work going on in the hospital. Derriford Hospital (inside main entrance)
Thursday 24 May 9:30am-12:30pm Exploring Dementia Training Course. Book a place here: Moments Café and Hub
Thursday 24 May 4.30pm – 6pm Dementia Awareness Sessions for retailers.


Drake Circus Management Suite Conference Room
Friday 25 May 9am – 6pm Age UK Plymouth Information Stand all day Drake Circus Mall
Friday 25 May 9am-12pm Dementia Friendly Shopping Morning (bright lights dimmed and loud music turned down in stores and staff briefed on providing a supportive shopping experience for customers affected by dementia). Drake Circus Mall and St Luke’s Drake Store (Cornwall Street)
Friday 25 May 12:30-1pm Singing for the Memory Group performance Drake Circus Mall (next to Age UK Plymouth stand by Cornwall Street entrance).
Friday 25 May 10am – 12pm Memory Café. St Budeaux Library
Friday 25May 9am-5pm Information stand about dementia and the dementia friendly work going on in the hospital. Derriford Hospital (Inside the front entrance).
Friday 25 May 2pm – 3pm Reminiscence Afternoon – All are welcome Estover Library
Saturday 26 May 9am – 6pm Dementia Friendly Plymouth information stand. The Dementia Friendly City Co-ordinator will be available all day with information about support and activities available for those with dementia and their carers in Plymouth. Drake Circus Mall
Saturday 26 May 1pm – 4pm Mind, Matter and Memory:  The artist will be donating a percentage to support those with dementia. Moments Café and Community Hub

In addition there are specific Dementia Friends awareness sessions being put on for staff at Devon and Cornwall Police, Babcock, and Plymouth City Council.

Also, although the free Dementia Insight Workshop for carers at Improving Lives Plymouth on Wednesday 23 May is fully booked, a number of other sessions are planned for 18 July, 21 September and 21 November. To find out more or to book a place, call Caring for Carers on 01752 201890 or email

  • More information on being Dementia Friendly in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council, along with other partners, has developed a Dementia Friendly Toolkit to provide organisations with information, guidance and ideas to help become more dementia friendly. The toolkit can be downloaded from the council website at:

Please also contact the Dementia Friendly city Co-ordinator for more information and support with becoming a dementia friendly organisation at: and Tel: 01752 398922

In addition , anyone can sign up to be a Dementia Friend. For more information visit: