Dementia, Frail and Living Alone


Ashfield Voluntary Action has a long history of supporting people in the community who are living with dementia, the frail, and those who are living alone.


AVA recognises that small and light touch support can make all the difference in helping people to remain independent for longer. Our work has focussed on providing low level support whilst simultaneously raising awareness and reducing stigma; particularly around dementia.   


We are delighted to have secured funding for a programme that pulls together these threads of activity to provide a more structured and robust approach to support Ashfield residents who are living alone, frail, or living with Dementia.




  • A biannual Directory of Information and Resources for people living with dementia and their carers - available online and as a paper copy. The directory has recently been updated, please click HERE to download the latest copy.
  • Better signposting to services.
  • Availability of resources to support people living with Dementia including twiddle mitts and dignity bibs.
  • Equipment loan scheme - mobility aids etc.
  • Delivery of activities and services including a befriending service and a range of activity groups.

The delivery of activities and services is a particularly important feature of our work. We try to ensure that as many of our activities are as inclusive as possible. Our staff and volunteers are well-used to supporting people living with Dementia and other health issues which could otherwise act as a barrier to their ability to join in. We also recognise the vital role of carers and provide activities to both people living with Dementia and their carers, sometimes seperately. This can make an incredible difference to people's lives; giving carers a welcome window of respite and the opportunity to participate in leisure activites that reflect their own interests. For those living with Dementia, our groups and services provide the stimulation of company in a safe and welcoming enviroment, where the focus is on the activity and not on their Dementia. 


This website is updated on a regular basis, so please make sure that you check our website for the latest information. 


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