Optalis has created a friendly, safe space where those living with dementia, and their friends and family, can head to for advice, information and support. The ‘one-stop-shop’ aims to help people live well with dementia, providing the right support at the right time. Our Dementia Care Advisors host the free sessions, working alongside other professionals and representatives from local charities.

In some sessions, guest speakers will deliver brief talks, but most importantly, the drop-ins are an opportunity to chat, ask questions and meet other people. The team are also able to make referrals to other key services if this could be beneficial.

Each month, two drop-in sessions will take place. One session will be on the first Tuesday of the month at Boyn Grove Dementia Day Centre from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, covering the Maidenhead area. The second session will take place on the first Thursday of the month at Windsor Day Centre between 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.

November marked the start of the service, with both sessions being a huge success. People were welcomed to the drop-ins, which hosted guest speaker Anna Fallgren from Library Services who talked about how library services support people with dementia and their carers. –

Julia Harris Head of Non-Regulated Services at Optalis, commented; “We’re extremely proud to be launching the new monthly Dementia Drop-in sessions. Some individuals who have been diagnosed may not need to access services just yet but still need advice for coping at home and for what they need to do in the future.

We selected the drop-in at Boyn Grove Resource Centre to coincide with the already established Dementia Book Club, which runs on the same site at Maidenhead Library. Our aim is for the centre to become a hub for the dementia community.”