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Social Support for People with Memory Problems Living in Torfaen

December 10 2019

Torfaen Memory Service have compiled a list of social support available for people with memory problems who live in Torfaen. These include day centres, groups, keeping you company at home, helping you get out, 1 to 1 befriending, and direct payments scheme.

Torfaen Memory Service Tel: 01495 765753

Age Concern, Widdershins Centre, Sebastopol. A programme of weekly events, bistro, health suite group, hair and nails, complementary therapies and podiatry. 10am – 3pm daily. Tel: 01495 769264

Alzheimer’s Society, Ty Nant Ddu Resource Centre, Pontypool Monday to Friday 10am – 3pm. Tel: 01495 768627

MIND Centre, 24 George Street, Pontypool. Open age range. Drop in open daily 10.s0am – 4.30pm. Free.                                                                                                Mon – 10.30am -12noon – Anxiety Management                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tues – 10am – 12noon – Depression Management                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thurs – Complimentary Therapy £2.50                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Fri – 10am – 12noon – Relaxation Group

Dementia Support Group   2pm – 4pm, The Carers Centre, Pontypool. Friendship group with a range of speakers for carers and people with memory problems. Tel: 01495 753838

Friendship Activity Group – The Alzheimer’s Society – Llanyravon Methodist Church Hall Thursdays, 10am – 12.45pm. Tel: 01495 768627

Age Cymru Gwent – general support and advice including benefits / financial assessment. Tel: 01633 238310

Wales Dementia Helpline – offers emotional support. Calls are free and you do not need to provide any personal information. Freephone 08081 410043

Community Connectors – are based at Torfaen Voluntary Alliance and provide advice / signposting regarding a range of community activities. Tel: Leanne Peckham 01495 765646

The Friendly Trust – provides independent advice and practical help with financial matters, including Lasting Powers of Attorney, wills, and Welfare benefits advice. Tel: 02920225200

Community Council – provide a gardening and decorating service. Tel: 01633 624152

Befriending Schemes

Befrienders aim to visit weekly to either sit with you or accompany you in your chosen activity.

  1. Alzheimer’s Society 1 to 1 befriender help to maintain social skills and hobbies. Contact Liz Williams Tel: 01495 768627
  2. Age Concern – Friends for Life – befriending service for groups or individuals. Contact Tracy Jones Tel: 01495 774455
  3. Bron Afon – 1 to 1 befriender for those aged 50+ who are experiencing social isolation. Tel: 01633 620340
  4. Cross Roads – provides support in the family home. A sitter service ora 1 to 1 for community activities. Tel: 01495 769996
  5. Side by Side – a volunteer befriender will visit and stay in with you to have a chat and provide company. Contact Sally Guy Tel: 01633 665110

Social Services – can organise a range of day activities including direct payments, help at home or respite care. Tel: 01495 762200 or for out of hours support Tel: 0800 328 4432

Community Halls – offer a wide range of activities. For more information contact Lisa Grimas Tel: 01495 742261

Direct Payments – are payments of money made by the local authority to enable you to meet your own support needs by purchasing services. For initial discussion contact Sam Morgan Tel: 01633 746646

TESS (Tenancy Support Service) – organised by Torfaen Voluntary Alliance, they provide community support workers and help with things like moving home, advocacy, confidence building and emotional support. Support id free and lasts for up to 2 years. Tel: 01495 356755

Young People with Dementia – contact Bethan Morris Tel: 01495 365755


Other Activities

Reading Group – Cwmbran Dementia friendly library. Tuesdays 10am – 12noon. Contact Norah Williams Tel: 01633 647676

Walking Group – for all fitness levels. Contact Lyn Matreaves Tel: 01495 762200

Art Classes – Llantarnam Grange, Thursdays 10am -12noon. Contact Karina Sobcyk Tel: 01495 768744

Family History Group – Blaenavon Library. Thursday mornings. Contact Richard Roynon Tel: 01495791637

Shopping Service – Age Concern – accompanied and unaccompanied. Contact Lesley Saunders Tel: 01495 769264

Post Diagnostic Support Group – Memory Clinic. contact Keith Wheeler Tel: 01495 765753

Exercise Class – Weekly classes, all levels. Contact Lesley Saunders Tel: 01495 769264

50+ Forums – meet monthly in blaenavon, Pontypool and Cwmbran. Contact Tracy Jones Tel: 01495 774455

Singing for the Brain – singing group. Contact Liz Williams Tel: 01495 768627


Remember that social activities can promote conversation, alertness, and emotional wellbeing.


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