Our services

At BIADS we’re continually reassessing our range of services in order to better meet the needs of both our members and their carers. Our services are grouped into two main areas, please click on the links below to find out more.

From fun activities including singing, dancing, and gardening to coffee mornings, day trips and social events – it’s all happening at BIADS. In addition, we provide a comprehensive range of support services for carers, whether they are family members, volunteers or support workers, we’re here to help everyone.

Our services and activities are wide and varied but all have one thing in common – to create a sense of well-being, achievement and confidence.

Services for members

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.

Life story work is 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.

By referral to the Activities Team only. 

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 our live pianist. Then have a famous BIADS’ cuppa and biscuit break and catch up on all the news with the new friends you are bound to make. What a lovely way to spend the afternoon.

Singers group is held twice a month on the first and third Mondays between 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

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

We also do reminiscence during the session and members have the opportunity to bring in photos and other items that they can talk about, prompting a discussion within the group.

By referral to the Activities Team only. 

Our Drop in cafe takes place every Wednesday between 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm and Friday from 10.00 am to 12:00 noon 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.

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

Gym times are 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Attendees must be accompanied by a signed letter of consent from their GP.

By referral to the Activities Team only. 

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. Priority for places is given to people with dementia and their carers.

Jabadao is now called FACE (friends and chair exercise). Seated movement and light exercise to music. Led by an activities co-ordinator with volunteers.

By referral to the Activities Team only. 

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.

Book private sessions for you and your loved one; or indeed a small group of friends, spending time in a wonderful and calming atmosphere. Coloured lights, fibre optics, relaxing music, aromas and reclining chairs are just some of the things on offer.

By referral to the Activities Team only. 

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.

One of our first ever services. This lively café is for people with dementia, carers, former carers, volunteers and staff. It’s  held twice a month on the second and fourth Mondays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at BIADS’ centre.

Would you like at attend a new session in our upstairs activity room on Wednesday at 1pm. (A stair lift is available).

This is a new session that is open to couples (a person with dementia and their carer) who want to spend a couple of hours among friends.

Bring your own sandwiches and enjoy lunch in the company of others. We will provide tea, coffee and biscuits.

Once you have been to a couple of sessions we would like to get your views. You may just want to sit, chat and enjoy each other’s company.

If there is interest, we will provide some activities such as reminiscence, colouring, jigsaws, dominos and quizzes to keep you all busy. We may also do a bit of karaoke (that is more fun that it sounds!).

Why not come along and meet others in a warm, safe and supportive environment.

The new sessions start on Wed 4th October 2023 at 1pm.

Services for carers

When a person with dementia is taking part in Thursday activities such as Jabadao or FACE (friends and chair exercise) as it’s now known, 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.

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.

The benefits of becoming a member

The benefits of becoming a member of BIADS are wide-ranging – these are just a few of them.

  • Access to all our member services
  • Access to services for carers
  • Priority access to events
  • Receive regular updates on our services and the BIADS newsletter


By becoming a member of BIADS you will get to experience all the fun activities we have on offer as well as having access to carer services. You will also receive our newsletter. It’s packed full of useful information on what’s happening at BIADS support center and has all the latest on forthcoming events.

If you’re interested in becoming a member, please click on the link below.

How can we help?

To find out more about our services, or if you’d like to volunteer please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.