About Me

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

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


I've been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive our 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. 


My colleagues and I have been using these approaches regularly in our day to day work and have found them beneficial. The materials provided have been tried and tested, then refined to improve and further develop them for future use.


The main aim of this website is to share our 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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October 22, 2017

 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.


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?


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