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Dementia Friendly Town

Help us to make Harpenden a Dementia Friendly Town!

Harpenden Town Council has committed to making Harpenden a Dementia Friendly Town, a place where those living with dementia are understood, respected and included. 

Dementia is a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language that affects daily life. Dementia is challenging for both people with the condition and those that care for them, but it is possible to live well with Dementia.

What would you do if somebody approached you and indicated they were lost or confused?

Please take a look at from this article from the Alzheimer’s Society which provides information and suggestions for approaching and helping somebody who may be living with dementia: 

Harpenden Memory Lane Café

Harpenden Memory Lane Café is a chance for those living with dementia and their loved ones to gather in a friendly informal setting, with complimentary hot drinks and homemade cake

Date: Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month

Time: 2-3.30pm

Location: Cornelia’s Café (St Nicholas Church, Church Green, Harpenden AL5 2TP)

Upcoming Café dates: 

25 February

10 March

24 March

7 April

21 April

5 May

19 May

In conjunction with Harpenden Memory Lane Café gatherings, we will be hosting regular activities that attendees can participate in. Upcoming activities include a drumming session on 25 February (no booking necessary), and a nature walk on 24 March (book by emailing The Café will still operate on on days when activities take place.

Take our Survey 

We are now investigating the specific requirements of the Harpenden Community and are keen to hear from those living with Dementia in their lives, about the following;

  • What facilities that are currently in place within the Town are useful? This could be specific calm spaces, cafes, churches etc.
  • What could be improved within Harpenden to make a visit to the Town easier or more comfortable?
  • Are there any specific retailers/businesses that provide a particularly positive experience?
  • Do you feel that there is a requirement for a Dementia Café within the Town to provide information and a place for relatives to also speak to each other?
  • Are you part of an existing group/Organisation that would be willing to participate?

Please take our survey at:

This survey template was developed in alignment with the Alzheimer's Society parameters and guidance. 

Become a Dementia Friend

Attend our next Dementia Friends Information Session on 18 March 2020! The talk will take place at the Town Hall at 10.30am. Please note the 20 January session is fully booked. 

RSVP by emailing or calling 01582 768278

To promote awareness, we will also be running several ‘Dementia Friends’ Talks, hosted by our local Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Champion. These free information sessions give participants the opportunity to find out more about;

  • Dementia and how it affects a person
  • Our plans to establish Harpenden as a Dementia Friendly Town
  • What you can do to make a difference locally

At the end of the session, you will become a Dementia Friend, joining more than 2.5 million people of all ages across the UK.

Should you be part of a larger community group or business, specific talks can also be arranged.

Are you already a Dementia Friend/Champion living in Harpenden? If so, please do get in touch.

For more information on the Making Harpenden Dementia Friendly Initiative or to book a place on the next Dementia Friends Talk,  please contact our Projects Officer, Sarah Brimley by emailing or calling 01582 768 278.


Dementia Carers Count

Dementia Carers Count offer FREE support courses for family and friends caring for a person living with dementia. Courses range from 1 to 3 days and cover the different types of dementia, including a specific Young Onset (for those diagnosed with dementia under the age of 65). Strong focus is given to how you can build on and develop your own resilience, in order to help increase your well-being, confidence in your caring role and to explore different ways of responding to challenges.

Please see the website for further details:

Dementia Connect

Dementia Connect, from Alzheimer’s Society, is a new personalised service that connects anyone affected by dementia to the support they need, when they need it. It offers people with dementia, and their carers, family and friends, free and easy access to the support they need. From practical advice on legal documents, to someone to talk to when things get tough. And they can access support by phone, online and face to face.

Dementia UK Helpline 

Call the Dementia UK Helpline for free on 0800 888 6678. "From looking out for the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s, to understanding the challenges of living with someone with vascular dementia, our specialist Admiral Nurses have the knowledge and experience to understand the situation and suggest answers that might be hard to find elsewhere." For full details, visit:

Willow Court Afternoon Tea of Sandwiches & Scones

Are you having sleepless nights worrying about a loved one and unsure of what care service you need? Would you and your family like to talk to a care professional? At Willow Court, we understand that this is a stressful and worrying time for all the family which is why we invite you and your family to spend some time in the home with a member of staff. 

Whilst here we can answer any questions you have, discuss the options available and provide you with a tour of the home. Complimentary afternoon tea of sandwiches and scones will be provided and you can stay for as long or as little as you like. 

Location: Willow Court, Aldwickbury Crescent, AL5 5SD

When: Please call the home at least 48 hrs in advance to book, stating any dietary requirements. A dedicated member of the management team will be allocated to you throughout your visit. If you want to pop in for a brief chat, no appointment is necessary.  

Cost: Free

Contact: Willow Court, // 01582 466244

Local Dementia Groups

Herts Musical Memories

Herts Musical Memories delivers vibrant music sessions that are both fun & therapeutic for people with memory problems, people living with dementia and their carers. Herts Musical Memories help people connect to their memories through singing - the sessions are specially designed, using musical therapy techniques to be of benefit to those living with Alzheimer’s Disease, other forms of dementia, and memory problems.

The sessions last 90 minutes and include a relaxed welcome with refreshments on
arrival. We sing an eclectic mix of songs both old and new – and we laugh a lot! Don't
worry about being good singers - most people tell us they can't sing but after their first
visit they nearly always come back for more.

Location: There are several Herts Musical Memories sessions to choose from, including groups in St Albans and Wheathampstead

When: Times, dates and locations vary depending on which location you would like to attend. Please visit for details. 

Cost: We offer a free trial session and thereafter the sessions are £2.50 per person.


020 8950 5757; 

Hertswise: Dementia Support in Herts

Join Hertswise at the Harpenden Community Hub for refreshments, fun activities, games, exercises, and support. Refreshments provided. 

Location: Lea Springs, Lower Luton Road, Harpenden, AL5 5FA

When: Every Tuesday, 2pm-4pm

Cost: We ask for a £5 contribution per session, but there is no need to book your place. Carers and family members may attend these sessions at no charge.

Contact: 0300 123 4044     Monday – Friday, 8am-6pm (Calls charged at a local rate)

Sing from the Heart

A singalong session in Harpenden - all are welcome! Come and listen or sing and join in! Please RSVP using details below.

Location: Best Friends Cafe, Willow Court, Aldwickbury Crescent, AL5 5SD

When: 11am-12pm

Upcoming dates are Friday 10th January 11.30 and Friday 31st January 11am 

Cost: Free

Contact: To RSVP, contact either:

Clare Childs, Organiser: // 07786 326209

Keely at Willow Court: 01582 466244

Wheathampstead Dementia Wellbeing Group: Dementia Cafe

No need to book for this free sociable get-together for people with dementia and their carers. Come along and join us for refreshments and to meet new people. 

Location: Mead Hill, East Lane, Wheathampstead AL48BP (Behind the Bull Public House Car Park)

When: Meets every month on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 10:30am-12 noon

Cost: Free

Contact: Isobel Poole, Tel: 07949 630 228

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