• Simon O'Donovan


This bonus round went with the 'True Colours' activities, available below. Click on the image above to download the PowerPoint presentation.

This quiz is a visual recognition and memory recall based activity. But it is also intended to be a fun session, with each slide being paused to promote discussion. Discuss the use of flags, as national standards, for days of celebration, to signify when HRH Queen Elizabeth is in residence, to mark days of tragedy (flown at half mast), to drape over the coffins of fallen soldiers. Use the flags to discuss each country/organisation and what they are famous for. If time, use the flags to focus in on each country's location on a world map. Maybe use Google Earth to 'visit' tourist attractions in major cities, or talk about the people, cultures and foods of those countries. Add flags as members think of others, from places visited or countries they originated from. Slides: 2. UK (Union Jack) 3. ‎Scotland (Saltire) 4. ‎England (St George's Flag) 5. ‎Cornwall (St Pirran's Flag) 6. ‎Isle Of Man (Manx Flag) 7. ‎Jersey 8. ‎Northern Ireland 9. ‎Ireland (Irish Tricolour) 10. ‎Europe 11. ‎France (French Tricolour) 12. ‎Italy 13. ‎Spain 14. ‎USA (Star Spangled Banner or Old Glory) 15. ‎Canada (Royal Union Flag) 16. ‎Australia 17. ‎New Zealand 18. ‎China 19. ‎India 20. ‎Germany 21. ‎Russia 22. ‎LGBT (Rainbow Flag) 23. ‎Japan 24. ‎Vatican City 25. ‎South Africa 26. ‎Switzerland 27. ‎United Nations 28. ‎Royal National Lifeboat Institution 29. ‎Jolly Roger 30. ‎Sweden 31. ‎Brazil 32. ‎Olympic Flag (each colour symbolises a continent) 33. ‎Blue Flag (beaches) 34. ‎Jamaica 35. ‎Norway 36. ‎Greece 37. ‎White Ensign (British Navy) 38. ‎Israel 39. ‎NATO 40. ‎Argentina 41. ‎Royal Standard 42. ‎Wales (Y Draid Goch or Red Dragon) There are a few red herrings in the PowerPoint, i.e. flags related to organisations. Again, there will be others to add. Finally, there a few songs associated with flags: - Star Spangled Banner (USA National Anthem) - ‎White Flag, Dido - ‎We'll Keep The Red Flag Flying (Labour Party) - ‎Blowin' In The Wind, Bob Dylan - ‎Rule Britannia (Last Night Of The Proms) - ‎Do You Hear The People Sing (Les Miserables)

- God Save The Queen

- Mae'n Held Wlad Fy Nhadau Maybe listen to these on Spotify or YouTube. Can anyone think of any more songs to add?

About Me

Simon O’Donovan MBE has worked in NHS Wales for most of his adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

He recently retired from working as a Community Mental Health Nurse within a Young Onset Dementia Service and continues to contribute to weekly CST 'Friendship Group' sessions as a volunteer co-facilitator.


He has been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive tried and tested activities resources, with the ultimate aim of providing an 'off the shelf' resource library of weekly themed CST sessions which can be used on rotation throughout the year. 


The main aim of this website is to share experience and resources freely, in order that others can dip in and out and use some or all of the materials provided in their own CST work. Thus it is hoped, facilitating and supporting the provision of uplifting and enjoyable sessions that optimise people with dementia's quality of life.

This site is not owned by or affiliated to any organisation. It’s a personal commitment, a not for profit exchange of ideas and a resource library which aims to enable more widespread use of CST approaches for people with dementia. 

To this end, 'Guest Blogs' are VERY welcome, but bearing in mind that no images of clients are to be used without their express written informed consent.

Please note that some images are reproduced on this blog from the internet under the 'fair use copyright' principle, in that they will only be used for educational purposes with disability groups and in no way will be linked to profit making activities.


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