Given the current crisis with Covid-19, I just wanted to issue an update about the 'Simon CST Dementia Blog' and where things stand.

Sadly, the 'Cariad Dementia Cafe' and 'Friendship Group' have both been put on hold until further notice. It is my intention to stop doing the weekly 'Dementia Cafe' news round up / short CST session blogs - unless you really want me to carry on with them? Please let me know...

I will carry on with the weekly themed CST activities pages, as they are mostly good to go with minor updates and refinements.

Also, I will get a few more standalone quiz pages up and running. I have one on 'Animals On TV' nearly good to go. These pages seem to have been the most liked recently.

I am very aware that people living with dementia both at home and in care homes and wards will continue to need cognitive stimulation and may have reduced opportunities for community based activities, so on-line resources will become even more important.

To this end, please can you let others know of this free on-line open access resource library.

Here is an update on analytics for the last 3 months:

- Blog activity (visits) - 911 (up 71%)

- Unique visitors - 417 (up 24%)

- New subscriptions - 7

(Noting that anyone can access the activities pages without subscribing!)

- Internet subscribers - 65

- Twitter followers - 149

- Instagram (new) followers -102

Of course, there are also our 'Cariad Dementia Cafe' and 'Friendship Group' members (who help test out all the materials on these pages), who amount to circa 24.

Given the potential number of users (hard to know exact figures as there may be crossover), feedback is relatively sparse. When I do hear from you it means so much and helps keep me going.

Some recent feedback:

Diane Saralis - "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." ('Musicals Picture Quiz')

Natalie - "Happy St David's Day from (name of ward). Thanks to Alison for bringing in cakes and the amazing CST resource @simon_dementia. Our patients smashed the quiz. Lots of happy memories shared and knowledge gained!"

Angela Downing - "Great resource for any activity providers out there. Useful for any paid or unpaid carers to use with friends and family members."

Matthew Gwyn Lloyd - "Absolutely amazing Simon. Love this." ('Valentine's Day' CST activities page.)

Tim Nicholls - "Super session. Very much enjoyed by all." ('Dementia Cafe' 1st February)

Tim Lihoreau ('Classic FM') - "Absolutely honoured." (When asked permission to use his 'Gone But Not Forgotten' graphic.)

I'll close by wishing everyone well during this difficult time. Stay safe and happy x

Thanks for your support over recent months.

Best regards,

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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