BIADS' Services

We have an ever growing range of services on offer to you

Activity Group

Meaningful fun activities for people with dementia; our activity workers and dedicated volunteers aim to create a sense of well being, of achievement, and confidence whilst taking part in the activities that interest them

If you would like to know more please visit our Activity Group page

Befriending Service for Carers

We are not taking any new referrals for befriending at the moment as we are in the process of applying for funding to continue the service.  We will update our website when we have any further news

If you would like to know more please visit our Befriending Service for Carers page

BIADS' Singers

Do you love a jolly good sing-a-long?  Yes!  So do we!  Come and join us twice a month and have a great time singing all your old favourites with the new friends you are bound to make.  Then have a famous BIADS’ cuppa and biscuit break and catch up on all the news.  What a lovely way to spend the afternoon.  Usually the first and third Monday of each month, afternoons between 1:30 and 3pm.  Check the diary for exact dates

If you would like to know more please visit our BIADS’ Singers page

Carer Support Groups

When a person with dementia is taking part in Thursday activities such as Jabadao, activity group and life story group carers are asked to stay at the centre and are invited to join the carer support group and meet with others going through the same experiences to share mutual support.  One of our carer support workers leads the group

If you would like to know more please visit our carer support group page

Carer Support Service

The journey of caring for a loved one or family member with dementia can be rewarding, challenging, sometimes isolating, and much more, and quite often there is little help or support for the carer. Carer support is exactly that

We are able to offer advice and information, make referrals to other agencies, and provide the all important emotional support

If you would like to know more please visit our Carer Support Service page

Circle Dancing

A fantastic therapeutic dance form, encouraging light exercise, cognitive stimulation and the chance of some fun for both carer and person with dementia

If you would like to know more about circle dancing visit our circle dancing page

Day Trips

We organise two day trips a year with priority going to people with dementia and their carers

If you would like to know more about our day trips visit our day trip page

Friday Drop in Cafe

Our Drop in cafe takes place on Friday from 10.30am to 1pm at our Dementia Support Centre so please feel free to drop in for a cuppa and a chat. You can arrange to meet our other members and have your own coffee morning.  Volunteers will be on hand to serve refreshments and welcome attendees.  Staff will be on hand for support if needed

If you would like to know more please visit our Drop in Café page

Group Befriending

A volunteer led service for people with dementia.  Co-ordinated by our Befriending for People with Dementia service this group is run by trained volunteers who provide a safe environment for members to get together and take part in group activities

If you would like to know more please visit our group befriending page


BIADS holds a weekly gym session facilitated by physiotherapists from Barnsley Mental Health Team, supported by our volunteers

If you would like to know more please visit our Gym page


BIADS arranges two holidays a year for members, usually one in the spring and one in the winter, and they are one of our most looked forward to services

If you would like to know more please visit our Holidays page


Jabadao is movement and light exercise led by the person with dementia and facilitated by the Barnsley Mental Health Physiotherapy team.  This is an excellent activity for a person with dementia and over the years we have seen amazing results come from these groups

If you would like to know more please visit our Jabadao page

Keeping in Touch Club (KIT Club)




A social club open to former carers where a partner with dementia has passed away or gone into long term care

If you would like to know more please visit our Keeping in Touch Club page

Life Story Work




A valuable activity for people with dementia who are able and enthusiastic to make a record of the wonderful lives they have led.  Volunteers work one to one with a person to reminisce and record important facts about their lives in the past, the present and an opportunity to record their future hopes and desires

If you would like to know more please visit our Life Story Group page

Multi-Sensory Unit




A fantastic long awaited resource to help both carers and people with dementia gain a feeling of well-being.  For carers a chance to book time using the multi-sensory unit to relax and unwind on their own and for those people with dementia who now find it hard to communicate verbally

If you would like to know more please visit our Multi-Sensory Unit page

Newsletter and Information


Three times a year BIADS produces a newsletter that is distributed to all of our members and community partners and is available throughout the borough.

In addition to providing information and advice on dementia and signposting to any services available in our community, the newsletter is full of information about what is happening at BIADS’ support centre. It gives updates on news since the last edition and highlights events coming up before the next edition is due.

Also included in the newsletter is information on new initiatives, products and schemes around dementia, nationally and internationally that may be of help. To view our latest newsletter please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Referral / Criteria

All signed up members automatically get a newsletter as soon as it is published. An electronic version is available through this site. Copies are sent to local doctor’s surgeries, hospitals and other public places, if you would like a copy whenever it is published why not become a member.


Party Days




At least twice a year we let our hair down with a big party for our members and their families and friends, with the famous BIADS’ buffet, music, dancing and entertainment

If you would like to know more please visit our Party Days page


Relax and Revive




We are fortunate to be working in partnership with Qdos Creates in Barnsley on relax and revive sessions for people with dementia and their informal carers.  The sessions are guided by an arts therapist but led by the voices of the participants , creating awesome sessions that never cease to surprise us

If you would like to know more please visit our Relax and Revive page


Tea and Toast Saturdays




Once a month (at the moment) we open the doors of the centre on a Saturday morning for members to meet for refreshments that include toasted bread or fruit teacakes and other goodies.  Our members tell us that weekends can be lonely and at BIADS this is our first step towards addressing those problems

If you would like to know more please visit our Tea and Toast page


Time 4 Tea Cafe




One of our first ever services, this lively once a month café is held at BIADS’ centre and has an average attendance of around fifty people; people with dementia, carers, former carers, volunteers, staff and occasional outside services with important messages to put across

If you would like to know more please visit our Time 4 Tea Cafe page


Pet Therapy

At BIADS we like to try new and innovative things to offer our members, as a consequence we have been trialling a series of Dementia Dogs sessions.

One of our associates has four beautiful well trained gentle huskies which he brings in so our members can cuddle, stroke feed and generally enjoy being with.

Research has shown that animals, in particular dogs, can help with health benefits such as boosting the “feel good” hormone serotonin. It has also been shown that the interaction between dogs and humans can help reduce anxiety and low moods in those with dementia. It appeals to both members who have dogs of their own, and those who have not and can help recall happy memories of pets members may have had in their life time.

We now plan to include this as part of our regular service offering each set lasting four consecutive weeks

Referral Criteria – via one of our Carer Support Workers.