Active Living Day Centre

Crossroads Active Living Centre provide a range of themed activities throughout the year.  The group provides people with care needs, or those living in social isolation, a chance to improve health, wellbeing and their social lives in a safe, secure environment. 

The activities promote independence and cognitive skills, encouraging participants to try something new whilst also sharing interests and hobbies.

Qualified staff, who are supported by volunteers, are on hand to assist with mobility or any aspect of discreet personal care.  Dementia Link Workers are available to support those living with advanced memory difficulties and dementia.

Please visit the 'Care for Adults' page to find out about the brand new Bathing Service.

Download more information on Crossroads Active Living activities, or a sample Active Living Programme below.


Befriending Service

The Befriending Service is an innovative new scheme that enhances wellbeing and quality of life for people who are living with dementia or are socially isolated.

The service aims to empower people to take part in activities in their community.  It goes beyond traditional befriending services by promoting communication, independence and meets the fundamental psychological and social human needs for people living with dementia or in social isolation.

Claire Smeeth, Crossroads Dementia Specialist, oversees the service, completing administrational tasks such as health and safety, customer services, training and evaluation.  Crossroads employ a team of volunteers who are the befrienders.  They are fully trained and access continuous supervision, support and communication from the service manager.

Gents Pub Lunch Club

The Gentleman’s Pub Club is a group for people who due to ill health, isolation or age, are not able to get out of the house as much as they would like to.  The monthly groups run across the Forest of Dean and promote independence and wellbeing, whilst providing a respite break for unpaid carers.

Attendees visit a range of pubs in the Forest of Dean and is usually announced a month in advance.  Participants are invited to make recommendations on where we go. 

These long-established groups are a great opportunity to take some time away from the home, meet friends and get to know more people.  Transport and support are provided.  Download the poster for more information or contact Crossroads to register your interest.


Ladies Lunch Group

The Ladies Lunch Group is designed for those who due to ill health, isolation or age, are not able to get out of the house as much as they would like.

Crossroads Ladies Lunch Group take part in a range of activities every month.  From garden centres, shopping trips and getting creative at arts and crafts groups, the team ensure that each session is packed with fun and interesting things to do.

The group regularly enjoy a delicious lunch, afternoon tea or refreshments.  Transport and care support is provided.  If you would like more information, please contact us on 01594 823414.

Friendly Inclusive Skittles Group

Our Gents Skittles Group runs on the 4th Wednesday of every month, from 4pm-7pm.

The group is available for anybody with care needs or living in social isolation.

The venue is Oakland’s Sports and Social Club, who are always welcoming hosts.

The sessions are free to attend, and we can help you to arrange transport.

If you would like more information, please call 01594 823414. 


Social Events

We arrange a social event every month for unpaid carers whilst we also provide care for the person who they support.  This enables carers to enjoy a break from their caring role, safe in the knowledge that their loved on is being cared for in a safe, welcoming environment.

Come along and join in with these activities.  They include:

  • Pamper Days
  • Lunch Groups
  • Live performances from local bands and singers
  • Pantomimes
  • Craft Fairs

For more information call our Active Living team on 01594 823414.

Active Living Friendship Group

Crossroads weekly Friendship Group brings together carers, members of their family and people living with dementia.  The group take part in activities suitable for those living with memory difficulties, and we even run a trip out on the second Monday of every month.

You can find a testimonial from a carer who attends this group on via this link.


Memory Cafe

Memory Cafés are groups for people living with dementia or other memory related illnesses, their carers, families and friends.

Attendees come along and enjoy the friendly conversation and friendship, receiving advice and support from peers and professionals.

Multiple monthly and weekly groups run across the Forest of Dean, including in:

  • Lydney
  • Sedbury
  • Cinderford.

If you would like more information on these valuable sessions, contact us on 01594 823414.

Click on this link to download our poster for Time to Chat, a Memory Group running in Lydney. 


Dogs for Good

Dogs for Good is a social group which runs for people living with dementia, memory-related illnesses and their family and friends.

A pilot of the scheme ran from January until June 2019.  It is so popular Crossroads, along with the Forest of Dean Dementia Action Alliance, Dogs for Good and the Dementia Dog Project decided to run the group indefinitely. 

Dogs for Good sessions run on the last Monday of every month, from 2pm-4pm at Drybrook Rugby Club. 

The group is designed for people at any stage of a dementia diagnosis, aiming to provide fun, joy and social interactions to them and their carers.

Volunteers and dogs endured weeks of rigorous training and have been carefully selected based on the dog’s temperament.

If you would like more information on this service, please contact Claire Smeeth at Crossroads on 01594 823414, or Dementia Enabler Ruth Ward on 07958 936283.


Making Memories Group Events

Making Memories is a group for people who are experiencing loneliness or isolation.

We try to arrange all aspects of the day out, including transport and lunch, saving you any hassle.

The group runs throughout the year, so follow our events pages to make sure you don’t miss any of the trips.

The events were initially funded by Sue Davies, who carried out a daring wing walk for their launch.

We continue to fundraise for these sessions, and they are always available at a substantially reduced rate.  Contact us on 01594 823414 if you would like more information on these trips.

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