Bolton Dementia Support

Bolton Dementia Support is an independent not for profit charity working in Bolton supporting people who are living with dementia and those who care for them. The charity provides three afternoon Memory Cafes’ each week throughout the borough and two evening Cafes once a month.

Memory Cafes run to provide information and support in an informal setting for anyone affected by dementia.

We provide events and entertainers to enable everyone to have an enjoyable, fun experience and we also organise 5- 6 outings each year to places of interest, eg the coast or theatre

The Cafes provide a venue where people can find information and advice and speak to others who fully understand their problems and concerns.

We host a  Support session that meets on a Tuesday morning at the Carers Resource Centre, which allows carers to meet other carers and learn from each other. We also have a programme of speakers who will explain dementia and the effect it has on both the person living with the disease and the family.  Other activities include stress management and relaxation, benefits advice, legal issues and any other topic our members request.  Carers are able to bring the person they care for with them and an activity designed to meet their needs and interests will take place in an adjacent room.  These sessions are held every Tuesday morning from 10:30-12 at the Thicketford Centre, Thicketford Road, BL2 2LW.


 Our weekly Cafes are :

  • Monday 2-4pm at Victoria Hall in the town centre BL1 2AS
  • Tuesday 2-4pm at the RMI club in Horwich, off Chorley New Road, BL6 5NH
  • Wednesday 2-4pm at Bar Lane Bowling Club, Ivy Bank Road, Astley Bridge, BL1 7JH

We aim to secure sufficient funding to enable us to heavily subsidise our activities so no charge is made at any of our Cafes but refreshments are on sale at a reasonable cost and a raffle is always held to supplement costs.

Bolton Dementia Support now also hold an evening social on the last Thursday of each month from 7pm-9pm at St Gregory’s Social Club, Church Street, Farnworth, BL4 8AG. In 2017 it has been agreed to charge a fee of £2.00 per person to cover the cost of the supper and entertainment. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are sold at the bar.

We also hold an evening support session for people under 65 who are living with dementia. These sessions are on the third Monday of each month from 7-9pm. Please contact us for further information.

We have received funding from Adult Services to employ a Community Outreach Worker who will be able to provide a home visiting service to support people in the community. Please contact us if you feel you would like to take part in this service.

From February 27th 2017 we will be opening our Carers Drop In Centre at our Candle Cafe building at 7-9 Lever Street Little lever, BL3 1BA. Each afternoon we will be offering tea and cake at a cost of £2.95 to all carers and the person they are caring for who attend the Drop In service. The service will be staffed from 2- 4pm Monday to Friday with a booking system available on Saturdays.

It is intended to have a variety of events at the Drop In from I pad training, stress management, benefits advice or life history work.

The Candle Cafe is open from 10.00 to 3.30 serving hot and cold meals to the public.

We also have a Charity Shop at 329 Bury Road, BL2 6BB selling a range of used goods.


Monday 9:30am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 4:00pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 4:00pm
Thursday 9:30am - 4:00pm
Friday 9:30am - 4:00pm

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