The ever-expanding Meeting Centre family

Since the start of April, we’ve been sharing daily posts on our social media channels (@DementiaStudies on Twitter, @adsuow on Facebook) to introduce everyone to the different Meeting Centres – and members of the wider Meeting Centre family – throughout the UK. When we started we weren’t quite sure how long it would take as we thought new Meeting Centres might open before we got to the end, and we were right! As a result, we’ve only just finished the daily posts!

The Meeting Centres UK logo, showing two stylised people touching hands and creating the outline of a house

We know some people don’t have access to social media, so we’ve pulled all of the information together in this blog. As each Meeting Centre is unique, it would be impossible to tell you everything about them, so we’ve stuck to some basic info and provided some links to help you find out more. Keep an eye out for one in your area.

A collage of images showing members taking part in different activities
An image of a tree made up of buttons, with words such as welcoming and inclusive around the outside. This is an example of one of the activities carried out at the Meeting Centre
  • Kirrie Connections, Kirriemuir, Scotland is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with more information on their website www.kirrieconnections.com
A flyer for Kirrie Connections Meeting Centre. The information on the flyer can all be found on their website
The Newtown flyer, which shows information that is available on their website
  • Evesham & District Meeting Centre, Worcestershire is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and the website is https://edmhss.org/
An image from Evesham's flyer, and all the information can be found on their website
The Dementia Friendly Dunblane logo with three forget me not flowers
The Brecon flyer, which shows information that is available on their website
Image of a room with tables and chairs set out
  • There are actually three venues forming the North Somerset Meeting Centre. Clevedon is open on Tuesdays, Portishead on Wednesdays and Nailsea on Thursdays. The website is www.aliveactivities.org
The North Somerset flyer, which shows information that is available on their website
The Ystradgynlais flyer, which shows information that is available on their website
The Worcester flyer, which shows information that is available on their website
The North Tyneside flyer, which shows information that is available on their website
The Malvern Link flyer, which shows information that is available on their website
The Hereford Veterans flyer, which shows information that is available on their website
The Llandrindod Wells flyer, which shows information that is available on their website
The Malvern Hills flyer, which shows information that is available on their website
A series of photos taken from their website, showing people joining in different activities such as crafts and outdoor exercise
  • Oldbury Meeting Centre, West Midlands, runs on Tuesdays. The website is https://www.agewelluk.org.uk/ There are also plans to open a second Meeting Centre in the Sandwell area.
An image of the Oldbury flyer, showing the address (Warley Baptist Church, Castle Road East, Oldbury, B68 9BJ) and opening times (Tuesday, 10.30am – 3.30pm)
Photo of an event showing people sat round tables outdoors
  • Not strictly Meeting Centres, but groups run by The Academy for Dementia Research & Education align very closely with the Meeting Centre model and are part of the wider Meeting Centres family. The group in Northampton, Northamptonshire runs on Mondays, while the group in Lutterworth, Leicestershire is Monday to Friday. The website is www.academyfordementia.org
The Academy for Dementia Research and Education logo
The Coach House where the Meeting Centre takes place
Image showing two photos taken from Prestwick social media or website, one with people attending an outdoor event and one with people sat at tables in a social club
The Forget Me Not Meeting Centre logo, which is a wreath of flowers and leaves around an ammonite
  • A new Meeting Centre will be opening in Montrose, Scotland in May for three days a week. We’re not sure of the details, but think this is the email to use if you’re interested! Meetingcentre@montrosect.org.uk
Banner saying ‘coming soon!’
The Lochside Connections logo, showing the Meeting Centre logo next to a blue shape representing the loch
Wirral flyer giving information that is available via the website
Image showing two female members of staff from the Meeting Centre
  • New funding has recently been announced to support the opening of Meeting Centres in Redditch and Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, so keep an eye out for future developments
Banner saying ‘coming soon!’
  • We’re not sure of the details or timescales at present, but it looks like there’s good progress developing a Meeting Centre in Stornoway, Scotland.
Image of the building where the Meeting Centre is likely to be held

There are also lots of areas with strong potential and interest to open a Meeting Centre, including Tenbury Wells, South Gloucestershire, North Wales, Wolverhampton, Havant, Alton, Aldershot, Liverpool, Musselburgh, Rosyth, Fife, Arbroath and Aberdeenshire. It looks like the Meeting Centres family will be expanding very soon!

We’ve pulled together all of the locations from this blog onto one map to show the current spread of Meeting Centres. It’s probably already out of date though!! Apologies if we’ve missed anyone. Please feel free to get in touch and let us know if there are other Meeting Centres out there.

Map of the UK showing dots for each Meeting Centre that is open, coming soon, or has strong potential

Thanks to everyone for the tremendous work that’s gone in to getting all of these Meeting Centres up and running.

Author: Association for Dementia Studies

We are a multi-professional group of educationalists, researchers and practitioners who are expert in the field of person-centred dementia care and support. Our aim is to make a substantial contribution to building evidence-based practical ways of working with people living with dementia and their families that enables them to live well. We do this primarily through research, education and consultancy.

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