Update - 27th November


Feedback is always gratefully received. It helps me refocus and guides me to tweak content to maximise the effectiveness of the CST activities pages.

Here is some nice recent feedback.

From David and Helen

“We really enjoyed the Thursday quiz. We haven’t laughed like that for ages.”

From Sue

“As usual, your information is interesting, thought provoking and a complete joy to share with others. You put so much hard work into these sessions. I am so grateful. Thank you!”

From Diane

“Love this Simon. I've been super busy and needed to come up with an idea for tomorrow’s group and this popped into my mail box! Yet again a massive thank you. Really appreciate your work!”

How lovely. Thanks all for your written and verbal feedback. Please keep it coming.

Some Tweaks

After discussion with colleagues, our CST activities pages are going to change slightly. There will be slightly reduced and simplified content, to further encourage inclusion and participation.

New format will be as follows:

- Welcome. Setting the theme

- Theme based discussion questions

- 20 theme based idioms (shout out)

- Introductory theme based song

- 30 theme based pictures and questions, with simplified scoring, ie marks out of 30

- questions in 5 rounds, with a theme based song after each round (singalong focus)

- theme based practical activity suggestions

- theme based refreshment suggestions

- answers

- supporting information.


This month’s CST activities pages will be:

- ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ (video based material) (1st Dec)

- ‘Winter Wonderland’ (season based theme) (8th Dec)

- ‘Christmas Pop Songs’ (15th Dec)

- ‘Carol Concert’ (22nd Dec)

Followed by:

- ‘Happy New Year’ (5th Jan)

- 'Gone But Not Forgotten' & 'New Year's Honours List' (12th Jan)

- 'Money Makes The World Go Round' (19th Jan)

- 'Scotland' ('Burns Night') (26th Jan)

2021 aims

Just to clarify again, my main aim is to keep this website free and open access. I am not looking to monetise my work. This helps with using various media, under the ‘fair use copyright’ principle. I have had several approaches from publishers and app developers, but (please note) I really am not interested.

The catalogue of theme based CST activities pages has continued to grow this year, despite a significant tech ‘failure’ and re-build requirement. My aim for the forthcoming year will be to continue to grow the resource, both by tweaking existing content and adding new pages.


Analytics are looking good. Summarised as follows:

- 107 Wix subscribers (subscription is free)

- 197 Twitter followers (@simon_dementia)

- 141 Instagram followers (simondementia)

Website activity is as follows:

5,470 unique visitors, with 2,584 repeat visits represents a massive (476%) increase in traffic compared to last year (noting the year is not yet complete).

Thanks again for all your support and good wishes. It really means a lot to me, especially during these difficult times.

Stay well and have a lovely festive season.

Si O’Donovan

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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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