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.

Dementia Connect

Dementia Connect, Alzheimer’s Society’s dementia support service, is free, easy to access, and puts you in touch with the right support. From local help to phone and online advice.

Call 0333 150 3456 (Monday – Wednesday 9:00am – 8:00pm, Thursday –Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday – Sunday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Or visit Visit Dementia Connect | Alzheimer’s Society (

Support for Carers

Carers First 0300 303 1555 Carers First: We care for you

Carers UK 0808 808 7777  (Mon to Fri, 9am – 6pm) Home Carers UK

Bookcase Analogy

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

Fairy Lights Analogy

For a simple non-scientific explanation of how dementia effects the brain take a look at the Fairy Lights Analogy.

Dementia Friendly Communities

Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends Programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perception of dementia. It is funded by the Cabinet Office and the Department of Health and aims to give people an understanding of dementia and the small things we can all do to make a difference to people living with dementia. You may have seen the adverts about Dementia Friends on the television.

Become a Dementia Friend! This is someone who has attended an Information Session and has committed to an action that will make the lives of people living with dementia a little better.

Sessions can be held online or in person.  For online options click here.

To ask about in person Dementia Friends Sessions in Harlow email

Dementia Friendly Activities

Dementia Friendly Coffee Mornings

Meeting every Tuesday from the 8th February at 10.30am at St James Church, Perry Road, CM18 7NP this group is friendly for those with Dementia and their Carers, but all are welcome.

With a variety of activities that help those attending to develop friendships, have fun and improve general health and wellbeing.

For more information contact or call 01279 882165.

This weekly coffee morning meets every Friday 10.30am – 12pm at St. Mary-at-Latton Church Hall, The Gowers, Harlow CM20 2JP.

This is a lovely, friendly group, meeting in a relaxed atmosphere where we have great fun together chatting, sharing experiences, having a cuppa and eating plenty of cakes and biscuits!

We have fun reminiscing, quizzes, exercises, games, singing and the occasional lunch.

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

For more information contact Lynn Hurry   01279 424005

Dementia Friendly Walks

Meeting at 10.30am on the fourth Thursday of each month (at the Showground Car Park) we will explore the delights of Harlow Town Park at a gentle walking pace and avoiding any steep hills.

We will visit the Water Gardens, the Specimen Garden, the Walled Garden and other parts of the park, taking in the beautiful sights and sounds of nature.

We will finish at Spurriers House Café for a well deserved refreshment break and chinwag.  Finally, for those who would like to, there will be an opportunity to visit Pets Corner.

Although specifically designed for those with Dementia and their carers, all are welcome.  There will be people on hand who can provide informal advise and support and can signpost to other activities and services.

Click here for a map of Harlow Town Park.

For more information contact or call 01279 882165.


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

Playlists for Life Alexa Report for Music Labs

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

Age UK | The UK’s leading charity helping every older person who needs us

Alzheimer’s Research UK | The UK’s leading Alzheimer’s research charity

Alzheimer’s Society | United Against Dementia

Carers First: We care for you

Carers UK | We’re here to make life better for carers

DEEP | The Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project

Dementia Adventure | Dementia Holidays and Training

Dementia Connect support line | Alzheimer’s Society (

Dementia Diaries | A UK-wide project that brings together people’s diverse experiences of living with dementia as a series of audio diaries

Dementia Directory | Find Support Near You | Alzheimer’s Society

Dementia Friends | A Dementia Friend is somebody that learns about dementia so they can help their community

Dementia Mentors | is about helping those living with dementia understand that there is still life after the diagnosis

Dementia Services Development Centre l DSDC, Stirling

Dementia UK | Specialist support to families facing dementia

Life Changes Trust | A charity that invests in and supports the empowerment and inclusion of three groups: young people with experience of being in care, people living with dementia and unpaid carers of those with dementia

Living Made Easy | brought to you by the DLF, the charity previously known as the Disabled Living Foundation

NHS | Dementia guide

Playlist for Life | Personal music for dementia

Purple Angels Global | Dementia Awareness

Royal College of Occupational Therapists | Rehabilitation is about living not existing

Social Care Institute for Excellence (scie)| Dementia

The DMAT | Dementia Mealtime Assessment Tool

Together in dementia everyday | A UK wide network connecting carers and former carers of people living with dementia


Upcoming Events

Tue 31

Coffee Stop Dementia Friendly Coffee Morning

May 31 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Jun 03

Friends and Memories Dementia Friendly Coffee Morning

June 3 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Jun 07

Coffee Stop Dementia Friendly Coffee Morning

June 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Jun 10

Friends and Memories Dementia Friendly Coffee Morning

June 10 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Jun 14

Coffee Stop Dementia Friendly Coffee Morning

June 14 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Please contact Ron
01279 882165