Here is an overview of analytics for the last three month period.

Traffic has increased by 254%, with 4,355 visits to the 'Simon CST Dementia Blog' over the April-June 2020 period.

Subscribers to the Blog currently stand at 83 and there are 164 Twitter followers.

The most viewed Blog pages are as follows:

The 'TV Adverts Quiz' was the most popular with 567 views, followed by the 'Scotland Picture Quiz' with 420 views and 'Guess The Chocolate Advert' with 134 views.

3,254 visits to the website were via search engines, 644 were via direct entry via URL link, 187 were via other wesbites linked to and 172 were via Twitter.

2,091 visits were via mobile devices and 2,081 were via desktop computers.


My plan for the next six months is to keep going with the weekly themed picture and music quizzes, which will continue to be shared with our Young Onset Dementia clients via Zoom CST 'Cariad Dementia Cafe' and 'Friendship Group' sessions.

When face to face CST groups can be re-established, my intention is to combine the picture and music quizzes with the other elements of the Blog pages previously published, including 'Idioms', 'Extended Music Round' and 'Practical Activities'.

By the end of 2021 (hopefully) the 'Simon Dementia CST Activities Resource' will be complete, with at least 52 standalone 'CST Activities Pages' available for use 'off the shelf'. Tweaks and improvements based on what has worked best in practice will have been completed by then. After that additional materials and pages will be added on a more ad hoc basis.


Your continued interest and support has been fantastic. Thank you!

What I now need from you is feedback - you can now comment on individual pages, or use the 'Feedback Form', or drop me a line at about what has worked best, what is missing and what needs to be dropped.

More importantly I need you to share blog pages and tweets with your clients and carers and friends and colleagues. The more people know about the 'Simon CST Dementia' Blog the greater the benefit of the materials will potentially be.

Finally, I need more 'Guest Blog' pages submitted, so the website can become an even more useful resource. Sharing best practice in CST approaches has always been the main aim of the 'Simon CST Dementia Blog' and your contributions are highly valued.

That's it for now. Happy summer to you all x

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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