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What is Active Minds?

Active Minds use Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) to maintain or improve someone’s memory and mental health. CST has been recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence as a treatment for those living with early to moderate dementia.

With sessions across Devon, each one lasts around 2.5 hours and is facilitated by an expert. The sessions are social, fun, stimulating and aim to target different aspects of the brain, including:

  • Language and numbers
  • Faces
  • Categorising
  • Geographical locations

Active Minds benefits

To respond to the individuals changing needs, the programme consists of themed activities which run weekly.  Benefits include:

  • Improving memory and thinking skills
  • The sessions aid recall and concentration skills
  • Encouraging new ideas, thoughts and associations
  • Great for social, communication skills and increased confidence
  • Involvement and inclusion to help alleviate feelings of isolation
  • Increased wellbeing through fun and enjoyable activities
  • Our sessions will always take into account the interests, history, skills and abilities of the individual and all group members
  • The sessions are based on implicit learning – which generally means the cognitive benefits happens without people noticing
  • Respite for family and carers

Where do the sessions run?

East Devon

The Active Minds sessions will be taking place at SEACHANGE every week (Mon, Wed & Fri).

Address: SEACHANGE (previously Budleigh Hub), East Budleigh Road, Budleigh Salterton, EX9 6HF

Information about the hub: 01395 446896

To book a session: 07908 639736


The Active Minds sessions at Okehampton will be taking place at Castle Ham Lodge every Tuesday.

Address: Castle Ham Lodge, Castle Road, Okehampton, West Devon, EX20 1FA

To book a session: 07908 639736


The Active Minds sessions will be taking place at Coverdale Court every week on a Wednesday.

Address: Coverdale Court, Bishop’s Place, Paignton, Devon, TQ3 3DY

To book a session: 07908 639736


The Active Minds sessions will be taking place in Brixham every week on a Thursday.

Address: Enquire for venue details.

To book a session: 07908 639736


Our Totnes Active Minds sessions will take place every week on a Friday.

Address: Rushbrook Day Centre, Station Road, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5HW

To book a session: 07908 639736

Costs & free session

£45.00 per session (2.5 hrs).

We understand that for some people this will be a new experience, which is why we offer the first session for FREE. This will enable you to experience the benefits of our sessions for yourself, as well as familiarise yourself with our team and the ways in which we work. We can visit you at home first to have a chat about the service.

We are also able to offer transport within the East Devon area for those who may struggle to get to the venue – we will collect your loved one and drop them home after a session!

Please contact us for more information, to arrange your free trial session or for a home visit.

Get signed up!

To get signed up for one of our sessions, please phone The Ness Care Group. Before attending a session, we would like to talk to the family or social worker to gauge the individual’s cognitive ability, interests and personality so that we match them with a group at a similar level.

Every family will get the first session free so they can assess us and get a good insight into what we do. After the first session we aim to create a routine, encouraging the individual to come along on the same day(s) each week.

Note: We are ‘covid safe’ and follow a number of precautions and safety measures. More info.

Active Minds Dementia care overview by Jonathan Hanbury

Get in contact with us

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