Study research opportunity


A research project at the University of Southampton is exploring why people with dementia do physical activity; what do they value about physical activity and what benefits physical activity brings them. This will inform professionals on what should they aim for when promoting physical activity programmes for people with dementia.


We are interviewing relatives and friends of people living with dementia to learn more about their views on physical activity.


If you wish to be interviewed or would like more information, please contact Ana-Carolina Gonçalves by:



Phone: 07561862373

Flyer attached: – Study poster -ACG


Just a big shout out to our wonderful & newest committee member at Romdag – Di Metters.

Thank you for your incredible work on creating a Romdag/Demfest bollard cover – it can be seen directly outside The Phoenix pub, Romsey (where we hold our regular puzzles & games club).

Di – you are a star.

Send us your pictures with the Romdag bollard to show your support for those living with dementia in our Romsey community & I will post them up on our social media & website.

Tai Chi for people with dementia

Our friends at Bournemouth University Dementia Institute are researching the effects of Tai Chi for people living with dementia.

They have set up a group in Romsey.

If anyone is interested in getting involved, please contact us at or Yolanda & the study team directly at

Please click here for more details: TACIT flyer

Demfest 2017

We are now accepting expression of interest forms!

Are you a local service for people with dementia?

Are you conducting any inspiring work for people living with dementia?

Do you have anything to add to our amazing line up?

Let us know!

If you would like a stand / activity tent / speaking slot, please complete this form Blank Booking Form & send it back to

Alternatively, complete our online form at

Jane runs for Romdag

The wonderful Jane has decided to run the 53 mile Race to the King! and donate to Romdag. Here is what she has to say:

“Until fairly recently we were unaware of this wonderful group of volunteers. However, like many other people, our lives became affected by dementia when Mum was diagnosed with the life changing illness at the relatively young age of 65. Mum’s diagnosis led us to finding out about the fabulous support that Romdag gives to the local community. They provide a friendly, supportive group where people who have been diagnosed with dementia and family members can go for support. The activities they organise provide a valuable lifeline to my family and I’m sure have impacted positively on the lives’ of many others. Their success requires the kindness and commitment of their team of volunteers and financial support to keep these excellent activities going.

To help raise some money for this really worthy cause, a group of us will be taking part in an Ultra Marathon. On the 24th June 2017 we will be participating in the Race to the Kings, this is a 53 mile race along the South Downs which finishes on the steps of Winchester Cathederal. We are aiming to complete the event in under 24 hours. This will be a challenging and emotional event for us all but I’m sure it will be a lot easier than living with dementia every day of your life.

If you feel you would like to support us with this event we would be very grateful. Your support will be helping to put a smile on many peoples’ faces!”

Let’s all show our support for Jane!!

Good luck, we believe in you!!

To donate, please click here


Sons & daughters of people with dementia Study

Hi all,

Alongside my role with Romdag, I am also a PhD student at the University of Southampton. As part of my PhD, I am looking to speak to sons & daughters of people with dementia about their experiences of risk & safety for their parents with dementia.

If you are, or know anybody who might be interested in getting involved, please forward on my study poster and contact details:

I am so grateful for all of the support from those of you I have met and spoken to and the rest of the Romdag team for their support of my PhD.

Thanks & best wishes

Amelia Abbott

Arts group & Romsey festival

Those attending Greenbuttercup CIC’s extra Arts & Crafts session during the recent Dementia Awareness Week, enjoyed learning how to make forget-me-nots out of toilet roll inners !  The ‘forget-me-not’ is used as the logo for the Alzheimer’s Society and other dementia groups including ROMDAG.



These, as well as other ‘toilet roll’ flowers that were made during the morning, will go on display next month during the Romsey Festival.  It is planned to have a vase of forget-me-nots in the Green Room at the Plaza Theatre (where the monthly Arts & Crafts sessions are held) during the “Inside Out Art Trail” (July 2nd) to advertise the classes.  The others will become part of Greenbuttercup CIC’s main Festival event “All is Creative in the Garden”, which takes place in the Abbey URC from July 7th -16th.



For further details of the “Arts & Crafts sessions for people living with Dementia and their carers” contact: or call 01794 501605.

Details about the Festival events and where and when you can go and see these flowers, can be found on: or


Dementia Awareness Week


The Romsey Dementia Action Group hosted a range of activities during national Dementia Awareness Week (14th-21st May). Thank you to everyone who came and spoke to us on the market stall or attended the table tennis, arts and crafts or puzzle club sessions. The exercise class was graced with That’s Solent TVs presence, who filmed and interviewed participants and was shown on TV later that evening.


The first Romsey Memory Walk was launched, 17 attended the walk including two residents and carers from the Marie Louse House. The group took a leisurely stroll around places in interest in Romsey, including the Abbey, King Johns House and a quick stop at the Library to take in their dementia display. The walk is for those with memory problems and their carers but not exclusive, along the way interesting facts about the town are mentioned to stimulate conversation and memories. The walk takes little under an hour, with refreshments afterwards at Marie Louise House.


The new Romsey Memory Walk meets fortnightly on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 10.30am at Marie Louis House, Newton Lane. A fellow Memory Walk is being launched in North Baddesley on 18th May, and will tale place every Thursday at 9.45am.


For ongoing activities click here: Dementia Diary