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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This Week's Top 3 CST Songs

August 7, 2019

This week's Top 3 CST Songs For Well-being, associated with the 'Cats & Dogs CST Activities Page' were ...



Number 1. Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland. In the 'Cats & Dogs CST Activities Page' because of Toto. There were quite a few 'Aw, I love this song' comments, and one or two groans, but everyone knew it and sang along with the full song. https://t.co/7INnfkOXny



Number 2 - I Thought I Saw A Puddy Cat - Mel Blanc. Pretty much everyone knew all the words to this song. There were lots of smiles and giggles. https://t.co/fq1YR375w9



3 - Puppy Love - Donny Osmond. Members raised their arms in the air and sang along. A couple of ladies had had his poster on their bedroom walls as teenagers. https://t.co/uDXQ5oQJ8t



Try sharing these songs and videos (click on links) with your clients, either individually or in a group setting, and see if they work equally well for you.


Also let me know if you like this new feature, or if you wish to add recommendations for a '2019 Top 50 CST Songs For Well-being', which I'll collate and put out at around Christmas time.







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