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The Oaks Friendship Group

A very friendly and welcoming group, open to everyone, no discrimination, age no barrier, come when you can because there is no membership needed. The group meets to give a special welcome to people with Dementia and their Carers. We have a variety of activities to suit all. T. Tea and coffee H. Hugs for all E. Ears open to listen O. Open every Friday throughout the year A. All welcome K. Kindness to all S. Support and friendship F. Fun and laughter R. Range of activies I. Inspiration E. Encouragement N. No discrimination D. Dancing and keep fit S. Singing together H. Health and wellbeing I. Individual interests are met P. Place of Safety G. Games and jigsaws R. Relaxing atmosphere O. Opportunities to develop new skills U. Understanding the needs of others P. Painting, drawing and colouring To attend - £3 voluntary donation per person per day. We are open every Friday 10am - 3pm. We provide drinks throughout the day plus light lunch. Venue: Bowthorpe Church The Worship Centre Bowthorpe Hall Road Norwich Norfolk NR5 9AA

18 April 2019
East of England
Faith Groups, Voluntary
Local Alliances:
Norwich City 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 Oaks Friendship Group started in May 2017 and we are open every Friday throughout the year - this provides consistency which is important to people with dementia and their carers.

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

Lack of funds, need more regular volunteers - experienced and non-experienced, lack of storage space.

Member website

I do not have one - yet!

2. Actions

  • Befriend lonely and isolated people in Bowthorpe especially those caring for people with dementia.

    Contact the Bowthorpe Health Centre - give them flyers about The Oaks Friendship Group to circulate to lonely and isolated residents especially those caring for people with dementia.

  • Open The Oaks Friendship Group once a month on a Saturday

    By providing this service on a Saturday which would also include people with dementia and their carers, this would enable the Group to be more inclusive to all ages, families and others.

    Also by openng on a Saturday we could invite families to come along and have fun together - giving support if necessary. This would enable people in employment to come along and enable them to be part of the group.


  • Intergenerational Activities

    Make contact with local school and children's clubs so we can network with them - the plan being that children can visit and participate In our activities and make friends with people who come to The Oaks and vice versa. As we meet in all school holidays this action can be fulfilled.