This page includes some useful activities based resources, some information and updating resources and some online training resources. Feel free to contact me to suggest others.


It is important before initiating a Cognitive Stimulation Therapy Group to undertake some preparation. You can read up on the subject in some detail here and read about some examples of best practice

Making a Difference 3

£19.95 – £29.50

By Lauren Yates, Martin Orrell, Phuong Leung, Aimee Spector, Bob Woods, Vasiliki Orgeta

This third cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) manual is for carers who want to make a difference to the quality of life of the people with dementia they know or who they are living or working with. It builds on the proven success and popularity of CST by offering 75 individual sessions on a great variety of topics to suit everybody’s tastes and interests. The manual includes details of a link to the Hawker website which has filmed examples of sessions which will show how all those taking part can get the best from their shared experience.

Ring-bound paperback, 160pp, colour illustrations throughout
Includes link to online resources. ISBN 978 1874 790 297

Printed: £29.50
Digital: £19.95

(If you order the digital version, you will be sent a download link and password in the order confirmation email.)

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Mini Lotto of Odours (several different boxes available). Great for reminiscence regarding fragrances.

The Journal of Dementia Care is an excellent resource for updating knowledge and skills and is at the forefront of modern dementia care. It also hosts conferences around the UK.

Future Learn offers a free on-line training course developed by UCL called 'The Many Faces Of Dementia'. It is an excellent resource and provides learners with a unique insight into dementia through the stories, symptoms and science behind four less common diagnoses. (commitment is 2 hours a week for 4 weeks - certification costs £49).

More of an introductory e-learning training course is offered by The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). The Dementia E-learning Course is currently being updated but the 2009 version is still available fee of charge and has many downloadable resources. Covering topics such as 'Symptoms of dementia', 'After diagnosis of dementia', 'Living with dementia' etc, the course includes a considerable amount of video footage and is very highly regarded.

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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