“I was Admiral Nurse before retiring from the NHS in 2011. Through this work I became aware that there was little help available for people in the earlier stages of dementia. I knew the benefits of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) so decided to turn this 2 hour therapy into a 5 hour supported day for people with dementia. In this way carers also had a day for themselves. I piloted Cogs Club in Thanet and modified the content. I have since found partner organisations willing to set up clubs with the aid of resources designed and produced by me. In this way organisations are given all they would need to run a club. I continue to help organisations with recruiting members, training and supporting them particularly at the start of their club. This ensures that all clubs run according to the same routine and structure. I continue to provide ongoing training and support as needed.
In order to maintain the credibility of the clubs I have to travel extensively across Kent and Medway. I am available to advise facilitators and organisations, in particular for Clubs which are led by people who are new to dementia support. Whenever needed I will visit potential new members and assess their skills and abilities to benefit from attending a Cogs Club. I then support clubs to offer the potential members a trial session.
Everything I do from travel to assessments to providing resources and /or training is done in an entirely unpaid capacity. No club/organisation pays for anything. This one idea has produced 20 plus clubs and over 200 carers and 200 people living with dementia are no longer alone when they receive this diagnosis. More clubs are planned for Kent and other counties.
For more information see www.cogsclub.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org”