Live fully with a cognitive impairment
Activities and support focussed on
abilities over disabilities so you and your family can live life fully with a dementia diagnosis
D’Music’a Community Choir
We welcome anyone who loves music, especially those with memory challenges. We are a group consisting of individuals diagnosed with
We welcome new choir members during the first, second or third rehearsal of each season.
If you’re not sure this is for you, a good way to experience the choir is to come to one of our concerts.
We meet in Fulbourn village on alternating Wednesdays afternoons.
Portals to the World Museum Program
Portals to the World is a learning and engagement program based at the University of Cambridge museums. The program consists of multi-week courses and an alumni club designed to engage with both individuals with a dementia living in the community and their care partners. Each of the museums offers its own program using museum-centred resources.
Each session we enjoy a short talk by a member of the museum’s staff of specialists, followed by a hands-on experience, either handling related objects or a practical activity.
These are small group meetings with a focus on the participants’ abilities. They are especially designed for people living with dementia at home, both the individual with a diagnosis and his or her care partner.
Following each course, participants are invited to join the Portals to the World Alumni group and attend regularly programmed sessions within the museum system.
Images: Alice Boagey © Alice the Camera 2015
Since we started our first choir in 2010, we have been privileged to work with a wonderful community of people coming from as far as Colchester, Downing Market, and Haverhill.
individuals with a cognitive impairment
care partners, family and friends
cups of tea & Coffee
What we do
We are a Cambridgeshire-based non-profit organisation supporting individuals with cognitive impairment and their families to live fully at home in the community.
All of our activities are designed to focus on abilities. We work with how the brain is compensating for any impairment. This creates a positive and constructive environment. So we can highlight the strengths of our participants.
We offer a strong social component to our activities. So there’s plenty of time to get to know others, share resources and have a good time.
Peer-to-peer recommendations can be the best and we want to give you opportunities to connect and re-connect with others seeking similar resources and experiences.
We know that the opportunities for engagement with art, music and learning are still valuable and very important for individuals living with a cognitive impairment, both the person diagnosed and his or her care partner. We work to highlight these strengths to make the most
of our meetings.
No one should have to navigate a cognitive impairment alone. We offer resources to families so you too can focus on constructive and positive tips and skills to live fully at home but also to plan so you’re prepared for challenges and prevent criseses.
In addition to community resources, our participants have access to on-line resources that be can used by any family member near or far so they can best support and be supported .
We work to offer non-traditional respite, a space away from any dementia symptoms so families and friends can enjoy time together building new relationships and memories together.
Dementia touches all of us.
What we do with that is up to us.
What people say about us
If I’d known it would be like this,
I would have come sooner!
“We are really very grateful for the opportunities you offer and for the whole concept of what Dementia Compass is all about.”Program participant
“The dementia isn’t mentioned at all, you’re talking to the person behind it.”Daughter & care partner
“By far our most important source of insight on this journey.”Daughter & care partner
“It just gets better and better.”Participant with cognitive impairment
“The sessions are a marker in the week, they’re something we look forward to.”Daughter and care partner
Interested in joining us? Looking for resources?
Whether you’re living with a cognitive impairment or supporting someone who is, no one should do this alone. If you’re looking for supportive resources and a positive, constructive community, get in touch with us. We’re happy to help and look forward to meeting you.
You can reach us on 07876 350 638 or use the contact form below.
Founded in 2010, Dementia Compass works to support individuals with a cognitive impairment and their families and care partners. We are a volunteer-led, not-for-profit organization based in Cambridgeshire, England.
© 2017 Dementia Compass
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