New cognitive therapy group

Bridge Street in Berwick
Bridge Street in Berwick

Cognitive stimulation therapy sessions for people with mild to moderate dementia are being run at Berwick by the Royal Voluntary Service.

During the Living Well scheme sessions users and their carers can take part in a range of activities to improve physical health and mental well-being - crafts, cookery, nature based activities, games, puzzles as well as gentle exercise sessions.

There will also be cognitive stimulation therapy (CST), a discussion group sessions to help stimulate thinking skills whilst also being good fun. Reported benefits of the treatment include improvements in concentration, memory, language, confidence and mood. Carers will be invited to attend separate sessions providing advice, information and respite.

Royal Voluntary Service is looking for people who would like to attend this service, and is also appealing for local people to give up a few hours of their time to volunteer for this inspiring new scheme. Volunteers are needed to provide support at the sessions as well as to help with transport for service users.

Living Well sessions take place once a week at Berwick Youth Hostel on Mondays. It costs £10 per week, including refreshments and a light lunch.

To find out more, contact Helen Staig on 07525 902 269 or email helen.staig@
royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk