Monday, 17 September 2018

Your chance to shape Dementia Action in Somerton

On Monday 24th Sept, at Wessex House, we are consulting with the public on the sort of services that would make a real difference, locally, to anyone living with dementia. If you have any suggestions, or know of gaps in the provision, we'd like to hear them, so come along at 10.30am. We look forward to meeting you. If you can't make it to the meeting, use the Contact SADAA form on the top right of this page to give us a heads-up of your views.
As part of the meeting, we'll introduce some services you may not know about that could be helpful if you have had a recent diagnosis, or serious concerns for the future. There is help available, and one of our aims is to make it more accessible. There will be a chance to chat over a coffee.
The meeting also includes SADAA's first AGM, at about 11.30.

Monday activities

Our friends at Langport DAA have for some months been arranging events at High Ham on Mondays. They have just produced their list of activities for the next three months, and you can download a copy in PDF here.
Activities include: MONDAY MUSIC at High Ham Village Hall, alternating with MONDAY MEANDERS with a variety of starting points, and in term time, the MONDAY MIX with pupils from High Ham Primary School. In months with 5 Mondays there will be MONDAY MUSIC & MORE - a bit of a song and dance!
For more information or directions please ring Jane on 07973 873663 or e-mail

Thursday, 16 August 2018


Click to downloadSADAA has gone from strength to strength since it was formed, with around 140 Dementia Friends trained and two safe places established in the town. It is now time to think about putting it on a formal footing. We are therefore holding our first AGM at 10.30am on 24th September at Wessex House.
We'll precede the business meeting with an open discussion about how we move forward to make Somerton a truly dementia-friendly community, and about how we, as a community, support those living with dementia in the town and surrounding area.
We need input from as many people as possible, individuals, businesses and other organisations, so, if you can, please come along to the meeting. Please download and display the poster alongside to publicise the event, and invite your friends along too. If you can't make it to the meeting, but have a suggestion of something that could improve things, let us know, by email, to

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Flower Festival at West Street Church

The Flower Festival at West Street Church from 6-8th July was very well supported by folks in the town and showcased the skills of various group as well as individuals. The theme was 'I AM...' and donations were raised in aid of CLIC.

Using the tablecloth donated by Althea as a background, Jo created a rendering of the familiar Forget-me-not logo as Somerton DAA's entry, and we took the opportunity of providing leaflets promoting our particular theme of 'I am a Dementia Friend' to encourage more people to join us in making Somerton and the surrounding area a more friendly place to live with dementia..

National landmark for Dementia Friends

Yes, you read that right - there are now 2.5 million Dementia Friends in England, Wales and Northern Ireland! Your commitment and passion has made this the UK's biggest ever movement to battle the stigma around dementia and make communities more dementia-friendly.​ This is your achievement so celebrate and shout about it!

135 of those friends are in Somerton, following a further successful training session at ACEarts on July 17th, when an additional 6 people were signed up.

Monday, 16 July 2018

More friends at Wessex House

Another 11 Dementia Friends completed the training at Wessex House last week, so our total now is around 130! Great effort by all who have encouraged participation and helped with organising and carrying out the training.
Wessex House is, of course, one of our 'Safe Places', offering a temporary sanctuary for anyone who may get disorientated or lost while in Somerton. The other is the Boots pharmacy in West Street. We're working on a protocol, to be published later, on just how to respond if you find someone who is apparently lost. This is in conjunction with Avon & Somerset Police, whose help we very gratefully acknowledge, as well as that of the two Safe Places.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Momentum builds!

pic of 8 new friendsWith 8 new Friends completing the course at ACEarts (see pic) last Monday, plus a total of 18 in two sessions at Wessex House this week, momentum is building and we now have 128 Dementia Friends in the Somerton Area. Well done everyone! Particular thanks to Shirley and Rowena for their efforts in organising and delivering the training.
New sessions are being added to the Events calendar, keep watching!