Whitchurch Association

The Whitchurch Association is a community association which among other activities runs a modern community centre, the Gill Nethercott Centre, in the heart of Whitchurch Town. The Centre is a hub for activities and hobby groups of many different types and activities include history society, WI, Baby Clinic, Singing for the Mind, Ballet classes, craft groups, film events, live music, exercise classes and clinics, coach trips out of the town and many others.

8 December 2016
South East
Community organisations
Local Alliances:
Hampshire 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?

We have set up and run now for 3 years a regular weekly Singing group for people living with Dementia and their carers in the group. This is largely run by a group of volunteers with a paid singing leader who is expert in this field. It has proven to be very popular and a lifeline also for people who are isolated in their homes. In this way it mixes people with dementia and others in a social setting that is very welcoming and a happy environment.

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

The constant challenge is paying the cost of running this group, we have benefited from personal sponsors in the past but are constantly fundraising to support the running costs.

The other main challenge is getting people who need us to come for the first time, stepping through the door can be daunting and we have capacity to help so many more people.

Member website


2. Actions

  • Redesign posters and fliers to attract more clients

    Design using word pictures and print and distribute