Dementia Awareness Week- What we have been doing at Home Instead Westminster

Across the country last week many people were putting their heads together to create more awareness for Dementia. Fred Mairet and Anna Duncan from Home Instead Westminster joined the fight by holding Dementia Friend’s sessions across London.

Fred Mairet, Owner and Director at Home Instead Westminster has been a Dementia Champion for two years, supporting over 500 people in that time to become Dementia Friends. Anna Duncan, Care Manager at Home Instead Westminster, had been inspired by this and undertook her Dementia Champion training last month. Together they held a number of sessions in Libraries in London to promote awareness during Dementia Awareness Week.

Home Instead Westminster are always looking at ways to support our community to support those living with Dementia, which is why we are a member of the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA). The DAA had their first annual general meeting last week. The meeting reviewed the year’s activities and programmes as well as made plans to develop future support throughout the community. 

It was great to hear from a number of speakers including: Esther Watts, DAA, Fred Mairet, Home Instead Westminster, Terezie Holmerova, Westminster Dementia Adviser, Kathryn Gilfoy, Westminster Arts and Eva Blumena who gave a great insight into the work being done across Westminster and an overview of history of the alliance. 

There are a number of fantastic projects taking place in Westminster as a result of the great work of the DAA. The team meet together to find out how we can make sure people living with Dementia are supported in the community and that events are inclusive. There is also a good discussion to find out how we can inform people of the events available.

Some upcoming events include:

Wednesday 24th May 1.30-4.30pm: Video & Tea @ The Liberal Jewish Synagogue. 28 St. John’s Wood Road, NW87HA. Just come along – no need to book. Soup on arrival then a DVD – ‘That day we sang’– followed by a delicious tea including home-made ice-cream £2


Wednesday 31st May 2.30pm-4.30pm: Westminster Memory Café North: 42 Westbourne Park Road, W25PH. Nature through sensory experience. Free, no need to book, just turn up. For info call Terezie on 07540 502 379


Mondays, weekly, 10.15 – 12.15pm: Dance for Dementia at Rambert, 99 Upper Ground (behind National Theatre): free hour’s dance session from 10.45 followed by refreshments. Wear loose clothing! New term starts May 8th: NB no session on Monday 1st & 29 May due to bank holidays. For more info contact Katie on 020 8630 0615 or


Mondays, weekly, 11.30 – 12:30 Music therapy group at the Royal Albert Hall, door 3, Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AP. Open group, no need to register. NB no session on Monday 1st & 29 May due to bank holidays. For more info please contact Elaine McGregor on 07967 696891 or email

Please note Friday 9th June 2.30-4pm: next Music for the Moment concert is at St Marylebone Church. Free, no need to book, just turn up! Contact Kathryn on 020 7321 2702 for more info

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home