The Laverstock Support Group is an experiential memory support group for people living with dementia. The group is funded by Wiltshire Council and meets in Laverstock, Salisbury.
Group meetings enable members of the group to talk about their experiences and their special interests. They share ways they have found of coping with dementia. In the group, people realise that they are not alone and others do understand.
Group meetings are led by Elizabeth Bartlett, who has over 30 years of experience of working with people who have a dementia. The Laverstock Support Group meet in Elizabeth’s own home, offering a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. There is a great deal of laughter as members drink coffee and eat biscuits.
While the Laverstock Support Group is meeting, many of the family carers meet as a peer support group at the other end of the house. Carers can share experiences of looking after someone with dementia. Carers often describe the groups as a “lifeline”–as a place where they can meet others who really understand.