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Young at Heart Club

We provide day services for older lonely people in our community, three days a week at Uplowman and Burlescombe and established in 2014. We aim to relieve the feeling of isolation and loneliness for the over 60’s. We offer our service to residents in Mid Devon and West Somerset. The club provides somewhere for older people, of every background, to socialise with people of the same age group in safe, comfortable surroundings. Members enjoy a nutritional two course lunch and the activities are stimulating and fun which improves their well-being and self-confidence. Our club currently has 50 attendances per week, some with early on-set dementia and we are fortunate to have qualified volunteers to assist and ensure the members are well looked after throughout the day.

12 January 2020
South West
Care, Charity, Community organisations, Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Local Authorities, Membership Organisations, Social Care, Voluntary, Voluntary Sector, Local DAA Members
Local Alliances:
Taunton Dementia Action Alliance, Tiverton 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 Young at Heart Club was founded in April 2014 by a couple who have over 15 years combined experience working with older people in a Day Service environment. The club supports people with early onset dementia by using a team of qualified care support workers and trained volunteers. The activities are designed to be stimulating and encourages reminiscence through musical and film experiences. Referrals are received from local mental health teams based at Tiverton Hospital and other organisations and charities who engage in the local community. Respite for carers is a major benefit of the work we do and our location on the Devon/Somerset border enable us to reach more of the community in the South West.

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

As we are not-for-profit the reliance upon volunteers who are adequately trained is a challenge. Our service could be expanded to include higher levels of Dementia if the resources and funding to support adequate training was available. Our Plans are to make our service more accessible via local GP Practices and mental health teams which will require closer liaison with similar local organisations dealing with mental health issues.

Member website


2. Actions

  • Engagement with the community

    Providing a Day Service with customised activities to help older people with Dementia feel comfortable with other older people in our community by attending on a weekly basis and participating in reminiscence sessions plus other fun games and socialising activities.

    Being implemented

    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    Providing a day service from 9:00 to 14:45 on Mondays for those with learning difficulties and early onset dementia and provide a two course nutritious meal.

  • Increase awareness and availability of service

    Open an additional "young at heart club" in Tiverton by the end of 2016 to allow more choice for older people and carers of older people with early onset Dementia. Being in Tiverton will ease accessibility and allow an increased connection with the community.


    2016 - Third Quarter Update

    Completion of location and purchase of equipment to provide safe comfortable surroundings for club members to attend by the end of 2016. Public arwareness of facitilites and sharing of resources with other community organisations.

  • Connect and join up with local oganisations to increase Dementia awareness

    Embrace other community organisations, public and local businesses by demonstrating direct to them the services the Young at Heart Club provide to benefit those with Dementia and their carers.


    2016 - Third Quarter Update