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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Some great feedback

February 16, 2019



Some great feedback received yesterday ...



Dear Simon,


I hope this email finds you well. Your blog is fab and is a really excellent resource for people working in memory clinics and running CST sessions. Would you mind if I listed your blog on the website for the Memory Services National Accreditation Programme (MSNAP) please? I’m working on building a resources page for clinicians, people with dementia and carers.


Best wishes,

Vicky Cartwright

Deputy Programme Manager

Royal College Of Psychiatrists



Thanks Vicky.


What lovely feedback. Yes of course, happy for it to be shared far and wide. I'm hoping over the next year or two to have a catalogue of 52 activities pages, one for every week of the year that can be used on rotation. There was some discussion about developing a book/ manual with a publisher last year, but keeping it going like this means it remains a free resource and copyright restrictions are thus fewer for music playlists, photos etc. It's a young onset dementia resource primarily, but hopefully with wider relevance for older people and other groups.


Great to hear from you & best regards,













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