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 'FASHION' Top 3 CST Songs For Well-being

August 14, 2019

Number 1. 'Y.M.C.A' - The Village People



Every member of our 'CST Friendship Group' stood and danced the Y.M.C.A. moves, or sat in their chair and followed the arm movements and clapped along. After the song had finished, we guessed at the roles and costumes the members of The Village People wore. Then we discussed who liked to go to a Fancy Dress Party and what outfit they would choose to wear if invited to one.



Number 2. 'Moon River' - Audrey Hepburn



Everyone knew this song and most sang along with it. There were quite a few "Oos" and "Ahs" when it started and members agreed this 1961 movie, namely 'Breakfast At Tiffanys', was one of the most romantic ever made. We all agreed that Audrey Hepburn held a special place in people's hearts as a fashion icon.



Number 3. 'Bye Bye Baby' - Bay City Rollers



We all love it when a member feels so connected with the music they spontaneously stand to dance, and encourage others to do so. This was certainly the case for one of our ladies this week, who said she 'loved this song'. We always give a round of applause when somebody showcases their talents in this way.

PS The band were from Edinburgh and their fans were called 'The Tartan Horde'.








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