Stopsley Tent Project

Stopsley Tent Project was the vision of a carer of someone living with dementia and was established in 2010. It is run by and for the community. The purpose of the Project is to provide a safe haven for vulnerable people to meet together, providing a great way to get out of the house and meet new people, make friends, share interests and support each other. Two activities are delivered by a team of volunteers once a week: • A Singing Cafe for people with dementia and their carers, every Thursday from 10 -11.30am at The Greenhouse, St Thomas's Road, Stopsley. • A Social Group for the more able to meet for a chat over a cup of tea, every Thursday from 2 - 4pm at St Thomas's Church Hall, Hitchin Road, Stopsley.

18 May 2018
East of England
Hospitality, Faith Groups, Recreation
Local Alliances:
Luton Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

The Stopsley Project is making a real difference to the wellbeing of local vulnerable and disadvantaged people and raises awareness of dementia and loneliness.

We aim to promote Social inclusion by providing a social space for those living with dementia and their carers

The Singing Café provides an enjoyable and proven therapeutic activity, that is enjoyed by all

We want to promote intergenerational understanding and enjoy the volunteering support of young people from the local High School

We aim to ensure that our members feel fully participative of their community. 

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Absence of any budget and few resources – we currently rely on donations Volunteer/young people and community awareness of dementia

2. Actions

  • Giving support to dementia carers in addition to raising awareness of dementia

    Dementia Friends training has been completed by fifteen of our volunteers. Dementia Champion training completed by three volunteers on 9th April 2015.  One volunteer has completed the Virtual Dementa Tour training.  Two Volunteers completed Level 2 Emergency First Aid in January 2016.  We will continue to work with other projects/organisations/individuals to raise awareness of dementia and help to improve the environment for those living with dementia

    Being implemented

    2016 - First Quarter Update


  • Working with several local Residential Homes.

    Residents and Staff members from several local Residential Homes locally are attending Singing Cafe regularly.
    Being implemented
  • Provide appropriate activities for those living with dementia

    Run a weekly Singing Cafe for people living with Dementia and their Carer, at The Greenhouse, St Thomas's Road, Stopsley, every Thursday morning from 10 - 11.30am.

    Run a weekly social group every Thurday afternoon, from 2 - 4pm , at St Thomas's Church Hall, 585A Hitchin Road, Stopsley.


    2015 - Second Quarter Update