Broadstone Stepping Stones

In partnership with Broadstone Churches Together and Broadstone Day Centre, on Tuesday, 18th April, at 2.30pm, there will be an Easter Forget Me Not Church Service, at Broadstone United Reformed Church, Higher Blandford Road, followed by tea at 3pm.

All are welcome including people with memory loss and their Carers, older people and anybody who would like to celebrate Easter within a short Church Service.

Our usual drop in for tea and chat takes place on the second Friday in every month, in the coffee lounge at Broadstone Methodist Church. In April, this falls on GoodFriday (April 14th) and there will be tea and hot cross buns between 2.30pm and 3.30pm. The following full sessions, starting at the usual time of 2.15pm will be on Friday, 28th April and Friday, 12th May, Friday, June 9th.

The Book Group continues to meet every Monday, 11 to 12 noon, in Broadstone Library. ( apart from Bank Holidays). Currently, we do have space for one or two more members as sadly one of our original members is not able to attend now. We are currently reading; My Family and other Animals, by Gerald Durrell

Eight week choir for people with memory loss

News item from Poole Churches Together and The Alzheimer’s Society –

Jackie Leswell
Churches Together in Poole

We are supporting an organisation who are setting up some activities in the local area for people with memory loss or dementia and their companions / carers to attend.

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The first one that has been set up is an eight week choir, taking place at St Peters Church in Bournemouth, starting early February. Research indicates that keeping active and engaged is beneficial for the memory and for people in the early stages of dementia. We are therefore encouraging people, whether or not they have experience of being in a choir, to come along to this activity. Above all else it should also be a fun experience and provide feelings of wellbeing.

I would appreciate it if you were able to distribute the attached flyer, preferably with an explanation, to churches and congregations in the area, and encourage them to come along. It is of course open to anyone, so do pass on to anyone else you know who may be interested.

The sessions are free and refreshments will also be provided. Contact details of on the flyer for those wishing to make enquiries or book a place.

Any questions do get in touch.

Thank you.

Best wishes

Jo Malyon
Services Manager – Dorset
Alzheimer’s Society

Suite 4, Branksome Park House, Branksome Business Park, Bourne Valley Road, Poole, BH12 1ED

Tel: 01202 764352
Mob: 07595 968477

Alzheimer’s Society – dementia support and research charity

Broadstone Stepping Stones – Looking back and Looking forward

Broadstone Stepping Stones Project was launched following a very well attended conference at Broadstone Methodist Church in May 2014. Keynote speakers were Jeremy Hughes, CE of the Alzheimer’s Society and former Health and Care Minister, Paul Burstow. Presentations were also given from local health and voluntary organisations. The theme of the Conference was how could Broadstone work towards becoming a dementia friendly community.

Following the Conference a Steering Group was set up with representatives from key organisations in the community. A mission statement was drawn up and agreed.

The following activities are now up and running and well established. A warm welcome is extended to all who wish to attend.

Memory Cafe – every 2nd Friday in the month, 2.15pm to 4pm, Broadstone Methodist Church. Tea, plenty of chat, laughter and activities.

Reading Group – held weekly, Broadstone Library, Monday, 11 to 12 noon, for older people and people with some memory loss. Coffee and chat, reading/ listening to a wide range of authors including E. Nesbit, Charles Dickens, Jane Austin and more!

Advice Surgery – for people with memory loss and their Carers, Broadstone Library, every 3rd Thursday in the month, 10 to 12 noon.

Dementia Friendly Church Services – Christmas, Easter, and Harvest Services are held at Broadstone United Reformed Church. Harvest Festival will be celebrated on Tuesday, 27th September and the Christmas Service is on 6th December. Coffee is served from 10.30am and the services start at 11am finishing at 11.30am.

Areas for further development include:

The local business community

  • Broadstone Post Office is fully signed up and an aspiration is for all the shops and other outlets in Broadstone Centre to have dementia friendly accreditation. Do make contact for further information.

Local community groups

  • Recently a group of 16 members of Broadstone Bowls Club received dementia friendly training with excellent outcomes. If a member of a club or organisation suffers from dementia how can they continue to be included and supported in activities? Training is offered to organisations on request.


  • Currently Broadstone Methodist Church is working towards achieving dementia friendly accreditation.

Local schools

  • Contact and interaction is needed. The following ideas will be explored: sessions to enhance understanding and awareness of how dementia might be affecting family members, volunteers from ‘service to the local community’ schemes’, school choirs performing at the church services.

As with all local projects more volunteers are needed. The work is is incredibly rewarding and so needed. If you would like any more information on any of the above or would like to help with any of the activities please contact Annette Brooke.

Dementia Training for Broadstone businesses, organisations and interested individuals

Dementia training plays a key role in raising awareness of dementia and helping people to understand the needs of all those with memory loss. In the 1 hour sessions, participants are asked to reflect on values and challenge stereotypes and stigma. The primary aim of the sessions is to develop a culture of sensitivity and compassion toward those with some form of memory loss.

The greater the understanding and tolerance across our community, the longer dementia sufferers can carry on with everyday activities such as shopping or remaining part of a club.

To sign up for a one hour session please contact Peter Jones via this website. Peter is a qualified psychiatric nurse and a dementia champion and will be running the training sessions.

A very special Book Group

We meet every Monday for an hour from 11am in Broadstone Library. We start with coffee and chat and then spend about 20 minutes reading or listening to short stories. We finish the session with more chat. Over the weeks we have enjoyed extracts from Pickwick Papers, the Railway Children, a short story by Maeve Binchy and much more!

The group is ideal for people who have always enjoyed reading but now get pleasure from very short sessions of reading or listening. Participants include older people, people just beginning to have memory loss, carers and volunteers.

People are welcome to drop in for a taster session to see if it suits them.

Steering Group Members

The members of the Steering Group are:   

  • Dame Annette Brooke
  • Rev Linda Carter – St John’s Church
  • Tony Weber – Coles Miller solicitors representing the Chamber of Trade
  • David Anderson – Broadstone Net
  • Peter Jones – psychiatric nurse and dementia champion
  • Lesley – Librarian at Broadstone Library
  • Elaine Frew – representing Broadstone Neighbourhood Watch
  • Judith Bacon – Poole Wellbeing Collaborative