Dementia Support

We are delighted to tell you that Tonic Health have been offered a grant of £108,713 over the next 3 years for Focus Dementia Support from the National Lottery Community Fund.  Huge thanks to all National Lottery Players for their support as, thanks to them, more than £500 million is given out to charities, community & voluntary groups each year.

The aims of the Focus Dementia Support service at Tonic Health are as follows:
  • provide a range of mentally and physically stimulating activities to those with early onset or recently diagnosed dementia
  • increase the level of provision and the attendance levels of all the dementia support programs under the umbrella of Tonic Health service
  • provide a support network to the carers so they have an organisation they can turn to and trust
  • promote across South Holland the support Tonic Health can offer to cared for and carer and also to local business and services
  • Form tighter links with local organisations to continuously develop and learn from best practice
This is a real feather in the cap for the dementia team who have worked tirelessly at promoting our dementia services over the past three years. It means we can really concentrate on making our services the best they can be, without the worry of where the next bit of funding will come from.
Jean Gifford is the Dementia Co-Ordinator and can be contacted by emailing
Jean joined Tonic Health in 2019 and has a background specialising in dementia care.  A warm welcome awaits you in all the dementia projects listed below from Jean and the rest of the team.

The Support We Offer

The group is led by Jean Gifford who has experience of working with people with dementia. A range of activities are provided throughout the day to keep the group physically and mentally stimulated. Lunch and regular refreshments are also provided to keep them in tip-top shape.

The FOCUS Club 1 meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, running from 10am to 4pm, FOCUS 2 Club meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, again from 10am to 4pm.

FOCUS 3  is now up and running and will meet the first and third Thursday of every month.

Whilst partially funded by the National Lottery, there is a minimum £20 contribution for each meeting.

For more information, and to apply for a place, please contact us on

More information, and for latest updates, visit the FOCUS facebook page.

The ‘Forget-Me-Not Café’ is a new social group set up for people with dementia and their carers in and around Crowland.

Tonic Health, Abbeyview Surgery, Crowland and Crowland Cares, a small charity organisation of the community, joined forces in March 2019 in order to create the ‘Forget-Me-Not Café’.

The café provides a safe and informal group enabling people with dementia and their carers to come and participate in enjoyable activities such as singing, arts and crafts and quizzes along with the opportunity for carers to obtain advice and support.  Lucy Bale, Dementia Co-Ordinator for the cafe, says ‘as a team, we do not let dementia override what we do, we come together in order to have fun and socialise with each other and offer support to those in the same or a similar position’.

The café meets on a weekly basis on a Thursday 10-12 noon and is just £2.50 per person which includes refreshments.  The small fee contributes to the cost of the refreshments, materials for activities and room hire.

The group is going from strength to strength and it is hoped it will continue to do so in the future, supporting as many people as possible and raising awareness of dementia along the way.

Running alongside the café commencing on Monday 14th October 2019, Tonic Health, again in collaboration with Abbeyview Surgery and Crowland Cares, is bringing the FOCUS Group to Crowland. The day care provision group for those with dementia already runs successfully in Spalding at Tonic Health, funded through a 3 year National Lottery Fund  and, due to 1 years funding from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (L.P.F.T.) Managed Care Network, the much needed service is now able to be brought to Crowland.  The group runs from 10am – 4pm and offers a range of activities to stimulate body and mind, with a different theme each session, to include lunch and refreshments.  The cost is from £20 per session and is open to a maximum of 12 people.  Booking is essential so for any further information or to book a space please contact Tonic Health on 01775 725059.

Pictured above is Lucy Bale, Team Leader, Jean Gifford, Dementia Co-ordinator for Tonic Health, Rose Evans from Crowland Cares & Dave Ringham, Chairman of Crowland Cares.

Every Wednesday at Tonic Health 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Exercise (yoga, Tai Chi, gentle movement exercise - sessions on rotation each week) - The Hall

Refreshments, activities and talks - The Willows

Suggested £5 donation per person to include movement session, individual and group activities, therapies for the carers and refreshments.

Come and look at our new artwork, made by the members of the Movement 4Memory Group, in association with Doodles!

The tail of the peacock has been made by each member putting their handprint onto a tile. Once completed, these were glazed and have been put up on the wall in the Willows as a permanent display. Here are some photos: