Facilitating Successful Support & Activity Groups: a validating experience

  • Facilitating Successful Support & Activity Groups: a validating experience
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Duration: 1 day

Typical Course Hours: 9:30am to 4:30pm

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Involving People with Dementia in their Care Decisions.

Email: info@dementiapathfinders.org Website: www.dementiapathfinders.org 

Setting up support & activity groups: a validating experience.

In our care homes, we rarely take the time to consider the person experiencing dementia opportunity to make new friends, to be involved in care decisions, and express their feelings, perform social roles and restore a sense of self-worth. These experiences are important to people with dementia as they are to all of us. However, with dementia, their ability to do this for themselves becomes an increasing difficulty.

The social support group is for people experiencing dementia in moderate dementia who are living in a care home or attend a day centre. The principles and structure are a foundation for all support and activity groups.


Develop a culture of social engagement within your organisation that offers a warm and inviting atmosphere for people who live, work and visiting relatives. It gives participants the core principles, skills and tips to be able to run successful small discussion, social, activity or a tea group. You will learn the skills necessary to facilitate positive conversations and relationships.

A skilled group facilitator triggers old family, social and work roles and develops relationships that are nurturing and sharing.

Who should attend?

Anyone who wants to learn how to run successful groups in care homes and community settings, including care managers who wish to offer an innovative model for the CQC inspection team’s key lines of Enquiry (KLOEs) regarding the involvement of services users with dementia in care service decisions.

What will I learn?

  1. To discuss how social inclusion and social roles are essential to a person’s wellbeing.
  2. To assess an individual social engagement using an emotional model; The Validation Method the Four Stages of Resolution. 
  3. To explain the role of the facilitator and co-facilitators.
  4. To list and describe a six-step plan for setting up, structuring and facilitating a  20-30 minute residents’ validation social group.
  5. To outline the life-cycle of the group.
  6. Apply a person-centred validating skills (iCARER)* to facilitate positive conversations and relationships between group members with dementia.

Participants will have seven themed discussion plans to use in their care settings.

* iCARER is an acronym for a set of interpersonal interaction skills


What are the benefits to my organisation?

The aim is to develop a culture of social engagement within your organisation that offers a warm and inviting atmosphere for people who live, work and relatives that visit. 

The programme is mapped across to the QCF 209 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Dementia Care Practice. 

Contact: julia@dementiasense.org or please call 07886 690026

In association with Dementia Pathfinders CIC, Telephone: 0845 257 2250 

Email: info@dementiapathfinders.org Website: www.dementiapathfinders.org