Community Builder

Dementia Awareness and Support


Alongside the Harlow Dementia Action Alliance, the Rainbow Community Builder (Dementia) project is working with partners across the town to:-

  • Increase the awareness of dementia
  • Increase the number of Dementia Friends
  • Increase the number of Dementia Friendly organisations
  • Facilitate more activities and events which are suitable for those living with dementia and their carers.
  • Maintain a library of online and printed resources relating to dementia.

Bookcase Analogy

One of the clearest and simplest explanations about how Dementia effects people is found in the Bookcase Analogy.


Dementia Awareness Workshops

We are running a series of eight workshops for anyone who is interested in learning more about Dementia. You are welcome to book into all eight, or just to attend those you have a particular interest in.

All workshops will be at Harlow Playhouse on a Tuesday between 1.30pm and 3pm. They are free of charge, but you will need to book by clicking on workshop tittle below.

18th January 2225th January 221st February 228th February 22
Understanding Dementia & Dementia Friends SessionDelirium, Deconditioning & Hospital AdmissionLife Story Reminiscence Boxes & Namaste CarePractical Advice & Making Your Home Dementia Friendly
22nd February 221st March 228th March 2215th March 22
The Effect of Caring & Spiritual CareFrom Diagnosis to Person Centred Care & Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of DementiaDementia AdventureCommunity Groups Supporting Social Isolation & Feedback and next steps

Dementia Friendly Activities

Dementia Friendly Coffee Morning

We are delighted to have begun a weekly coffee morning which provides a warm welcome to those with Dementia and their carers, as well as others who would appreciate the fun and friendship on offer.

We meet at 10.30am each Friday morning at St. Mary-at-Latton Church Hall, The Gowers, CM20 2JP.  We enjoy refreshments, quizzes, exercises, songs and fun!  We seek to encourage those with faith and usually include a hymn and prayer as part of our gathering.  All are welcome, however, whether or not they have an active faith.

This initiative is a partnership between Heart 4 Harlow, Rainbow Services, St. Mary-at-Latton Church and the Dementia Action Alliance.  It is great to work together to meet the needs of the Harlow Community.

For more information contact 01279 882340.


Playlist for Life Help Point

Rainbow Services is a Playlist for Life Help Point.

Playlist for Life is a music and dementia charity. Over two decades of scientific research has shown that listening to a personal playlist can improve the lives of those living with dementia. In fact, listening to music that is personally meaningful has many psychological benefits, meaning anyone can benefit from a playlist.

To see the remarkable difference music can make to those with advanced dementia take a look at this trailer.

To find out more please use the download links below.

Get Started leaflet PDF
Discover the benefits of personal playlists and how to connect through music.
Conversation starters PDF (interactive digital version)
Prompts to start building your
personal playlist
Soundtrack of your life booklet PDF (interactive digital version)
The perfect tool to get started with a playlist

Personalised music journal PDF (interactive digital version)
With lots of space to write down your tunes and memories
100 Years Book
The top UK songs from 1915–2015
Our Spotify playlists
Our library of playlists by genre, decade, location, hobbies, etc.
BBC Music Memories
Find music, TV & radio theme tunes

This Is Me

When someone with Dementia is going into hospital, or a new Care Home, or even just has a new Carer beginning to visit, this easy to complete leaflet can make the world of difference.

The information you give about your loved one will help staff to make a better connection with them, which will bring reassurance in the midst of what can be a stressful time.

You don’t need to wait for the situation to arise, it can be a fun thing to do together now and can then be ready should the need arise.

Namaste Care

Namaste Care is a loving approach to caring for people, especially those with advanced dementia. It is offered in a variety of setting in many countries and provides quality of life until the end of life.

Seeing is believing Namaste film short version (4 Mins)

Seeing is believing Namaste film long version (23Mins)

Useful Links

Alzheimer’s Society – United Against Dementia (

Dementia Adventure – Dementia Holidays and Training – Dementia Charity

Dementia Friends

NHS – Dementia guide

Playlist for Life – Personal music for dementia


Upcoming Events

Dec 03

Dementia Friendly Coffee Morning

December 3 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Dec 10

Dementia Friendly Coffee Morning

December 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Dec 17

Dementia Friendly Coffee Morning

December 17 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Dec 24

Dementia Friendly Coffee Morning

December 24 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Dec 31

Dementia Friendly Coffee Morning

December 31 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Please contact Ron
01279 882165