Project information

Specialist club day for newly diagnosed dementia

Daybreak would like to introduce a specialist dementia day a the Lilacs Club for people who have been newly diagnosed with memory loss and dementia. This can be a devastating diagnosis and will give Daybreak the opportunity to offer care, support & information. The cost will be £20k per year.

Daybreak would like to start this project as soon as the funds are available.

Charity information: Daybreak Oxford

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  • Need


    Daybreak is a unique charity which runs day clubs for people with dementia by offering stimulation & socialisation for people with dementia. As important Daybreak offers respite for their carers.
    We have found that people newly diagnosed with dementia / memory loss are not receiving information, care and advice which they will need as their diagnosis progresses. People recently diagnosed often feel frightened or reluctant to attend a Day Club with people in the later stages of their diagnosis.


    Daybreak early stages of dementia day will be available to people recently diagnosed so that the club can tailor the activities on offer to the level of their capabilities. The Thursday Club will ensure that the members will be attending the club with other members who are in the same situation as themselves ensuring the appropriate level of care and attention.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Establish a specialist dementia club day for people newly diagnosed with memory loss / dementia.


    » Inform doctors surgeries & hospitals to ensure that we receive referrals. Raise awareness on information leaflets.
    » Inform Social Services / memory clinic in order for them to identify & inform potential Daybreak Club members who may be interested in attending.

    What success will look like

    Success will be to have a minimum of 15 clients attending the specialist day along with the involvement of their carers attending our carer's lunches / information days.

  • Impact


    Provide a unique service which helps to care and support people with a newly diagnosed dementia.
    Offering a stimulating day of activities for members in a social setting providing respite care, information and support.
    Providing an opportunity for a respite day for carers as well as information and support, for some of our carers this will be the only free time they get each week.
    By allowing people with dementia to stay at home with their families longer.


    We have already identified a number of people who would be eligible to attend our specialist dementia days. There is the risk that we may not receive enough funding to keep the days going, however if the project is successful we will apply for funding for the following year.


    We have a quarterly newsletter which will report on the success of the project. We will also report details of the project on our website with any necessary changes that have been made to our project plan.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £19,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,124 Staff costs Staff costs for three staff
      £2,080 Transport Mini bus to provide transport to Daybreak
      £1,796 Utilities Day Centre activities, communications,admin
  • Background


    Daybreak Dementia Clubs are Oxford based.
    The project will be based at The Lilacs Club Kidlington which will cover the local towns and villages across West Oxfordshire.
    Daybreak is the only specialist dementia care charity in Oxford and are a valuable resource of respite care for people with dementia and their carers.


    Daybreak Clubs are for anyone with memory loss or dementia. Our clubs offer a foundation of support; a community of people living with dementia.
    68% come to Daybreak on the recommendation of their doctor or nurse.
    12.5% are referred by Social Services
    17% of applications come via the family with an increasing number via our website. We help carers of people with dementia/Alzheimer's with respite care days.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Daybreak is the only specialist dementia care charity in Oxford. We have successfully run our dementia clubs for the past 20 years.
    A team of trained staff and volunteers offer a programme of group activities and care at each Daybreak Club.
    Daybreak works alongside Social Services as a partner. 12.5% of our members are members because Social Services have recommended Daybreak Clubs to them.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Andy Buckland Director

    Andy has a vast knowledge of all types of dementia and realises the need to have a specialist day for newly diagnosed dementia's.


It costs £500 a day to run a Daybreak Club.

''It is really important for me to have a day off, to recharge my batteries. This is precious time for me''

Mrs.W. Wife