Dementia services for Islington

Support available in Islington for residents with dementia, or with concerns about their memory.
Woman at a stall offering support services

What support is available nationally?

The National Dementia Helpline is provided by the Alzheimer's Society.

0300 222 11 22 for information, support or advice about dementia over the phone. An interpreting service is available on request.

NHS Dementia guide

The NHS website is a good starting point for learning about dementia services. Find out what should be included in a care plan, learn how to get a needs assessment to access social care support, or a carers assessment if you look after someone with dementia.

Read the guide

What support is available in Islington?

Islington Memory Service is for residents who are concerned about their memory. One of the team doctors will carry out an assessment, generally at your home. They may then carry out further tests. You will then be given a diagnosis, and offered treatment if appropriate.

They will also signpost you on to other support.

Ask your GP to refer you.

Age UK Islington support people over 50 to be independent and socially active.

020 7281 6018

Dementia Navigator Service for Islington

Support from the Dementia Navigators is available to anyone with dementia who lives in Islington and is registered with an Islington GP, unless they are:

  • under the care of the Islington Services for Ageing and Mental Health Community Mental Health Team, or the Islington Memory Assessment and Treatment Service (you will have access to a similar type of support from these services already).
  • living in a care home or a nursing home.

The navigator can help you to access day centres, or support from social services, support with housing issues, or benefits information. They will also provide signposting to other appropriate services. The navigators also support people who are caring for someone who has dementia.

Ask your GP to refer you.

Day Centres

Alsen Day Centre and New Park Day Centre support older people with moderate to severe disabilities, providing a range of activities, care and support. They offer a healthy meal, and transport is provided for people with mobility issues.

To attend either of these day centres an assessment and referral from Social Services is required. To request a social services assessment you need to contact Islington Council's Access Service:

020 7527 2299


St Luke’s Community Centre provides support and friendship for people aged 55 and over (in the City of London area) who are living with early stage memory issues. It is available for those who are self-funding.

St Luke's Community Centre, 90 Central Street, EC1V 8AJ

020 7549 8181

Activities in the local community

Memory Café

The Memory Café is free for all older people and especially for those who have difficulties with their memory.

10.30am to 12.30pm every Tuesday

Christ Church, 155 Highbury Grove, N5 1SA                                                    

020 7354 0741

Cecelia's Cafe

Come and chat to people who have been affected by dementia in a friendly and relaxed, social environment. There are talks by local services promoting safety and wellbeing.

Fortnightly on Wednesday, 1.30 to 4.30pm

Hargrave Hall Community Centre, Hargrave Road, Upper Holloway N19 5SP

0208 121 5626

07484 089543

Singing for the Brain

Free singing group with tea and coffee for people with dementia and their carers, family and friends where you can meet new people in a friendly, fun and social environment.

Every Monday, 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Hargrave Hall Community Centre, Hargrave Road, Upper Holloway, N19 5SP

0208 121 5626

07484 089543

Support for carers

Islington Carers Hub provides advice, information and support to all carers aged 18 or over who live or work in Islington, or care for someone living in Islington.

020 7281 3319 or 0800 085 1141 (freephone)