Community Connections: Exploring Local Clubs and Activities in Epping Forest

In Epping Forest, you'll find a variety of clubs and activities designed to foster community connections, promote health, provide support for carers, and enhance the lives of people with mild to moderate dementia. Let's explore what's available

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Action for Family Carers provides activity groups every Thursday at the Jack Silley Pavilion for individuals with mild to moderate dementia. These gatherings are split into morning and afternoon sessions – ‘Keeping Active’ and ‘Active Minds,’ respectively. These sessions, led by Jemma Gant, encourage physical and mental stimulation, fostering a supportive community. You’re welcome to try a free taster session before opting for the full or half-day sessions. Contact J[email protected] or call 0300 7708090 for more information.

Epping Carers Support Group by Carers FIRST takes place every fourth Thursday of the month at St. James Church. This group offers a space for carers to share experiences and gain support. Reach out to lucia.hen[email protected] or call 0300 3031555 for more details.

Alzheimer’s Society dementia support drop-in occurs every Wednesday at the Epping Community Hub. Here, you can find expert advice, information, and support.


Puzzle Club is a weekly gathering every Thursday at St James Church and is held between 10 am to 12 noon where puzzle enthusiasts can bond and stimulate their minds. This is funded by EFDC. For more information, email [email protected] or call 01992 564222.

Memory Café takes place on the third Wednesday of the month from 10 am – 12 noon at St James’ Avenue, Ongar CM5 9EL. It offers a comforting environment for social interaction and memory-enhancing activities.


Silver Movers Exercise Class is an energetic event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every month atWoodland Grove, a local care home. It’s a chance to engage in physical activity and meet new people.

Frans Memory Café offers a safe, sociable environment. This is held every first Friday of the month from 10 am to 12 noon at Loughton Club, Station Road Loughton IG10 4NX.

Social Activity Club byVoluntary Action Epping Forest (VAEF) offers weekly social interaction opportunities with refreshments included. This organisation also organises a variety of support in the community, including befriending, digital assistance, and support with shopping.

Loughton Voluntary Care hosts various activities, such as seated keep fit, singalong sessions, games, reminiscence activities, and the monthly Fish and Chip lunch at the Loughton Methodist Church. They also provide befriending services and IT Clinic for digital support. The organisation is supported 100% through volunteering.


Memory Café at Lambwood Heights offers a friendly, engaging environment for those with memory issues.

Memory Café at Chigwell Convent Hall, 803 Chigwell Road IG8 8AU on the last Friday of the month from 10 am – 12 noon

Buckhurst Hill

Buckhurst Hill Memory Café, Singing for the Brain, and Seated Dance offer a range of physical and cognitive stimulation activities.

Carers First Carer Support Group provides assistance and support for carers

North Weald

North Weald Bowling Group offers a fun and engaging sporting activity every Tuesday at Bantham and Ongar Bowls Club. These indoor soft mat bowls are from 10.30 am – 1230 pm for £2. Please contact Maureen for more information at [email protected] / Tel 01992 666777.

Social Activity Club by VAEF hosts weekly gatherings at Leonard Davis House, offering tea, cake, and companionship.

Waltham Abbey

Wellbeing Wednesdays at The Space at Epping Forest District Museum offer a series of community-based activities, including a weekly Community Café, a Men’s Shed run by VAEF, and a weekly Social Activity Club.

Memory Café every last Friday at Waltham Abbey Baptist Church Hall from 2 pm to 4 pm offers a friendly space for people to share stories and engage in fun activities.

Museum Movers is a unique dance class offering fun physical activity for individuals aged 55+ of all abilities. It’s run from 10.30 am – 12 noon and costs £2.50 including tea and coffee.

Singing by Heart is a singing group run by The Salvation Army, promoting social interaction and cognitive stimulation through music. This is every first Monday of the month, 3 pm – 4 pm run by The Salvation Army. Open to local residents. For more information 01992 787202.

Theydon Bois

Memory Lane Café, Singing for the Brain, DanceSing Group sessions are organised by Home Instead Epping Forest, offering activities and singing sessions for brain stimulation and social interaction. These events are held at Theydon Bois Village Hall. Please contact Maureen for more information [email protected] / Tel 01992 666777. 

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