The Sidmouth Street club is 'one of the jolliest places in Devizes' according to one longstanding volunteer, and her verdict would no doubt be echoed by members, carers and many members of the local community.

The club in the heart of Devizes provides a warm, stimulating and friendly environment for up to eight members at a time. Since opening in 2008 it has built up strong links with its community and has frequent visits from local actors and musicians. Regular activities include photography, painting, cooking, art therapy, mosaic making, dance, gardening and reminiscence, often with the club's iPad. While there is a wide choice of small group activities, club members are also very welcome to 'do their own thing' in the company of others. 

In September 2013 Sidmouth Street won the Dignity in Care category and was named Winner of Winners at Wiltshire's Social Care Awards. The following year its volunteers received an award for their work from Devizes Area Board.

The garden, a haven of greenery maintained by volunteers, has won its category of Devizes in Bloom for the past four years, and was graded as Outstanding by the Royal Horticultural Society's South West in Bloom competition for the past two. It's greatly enjoyed by club members who plant and harvest their own vegetables and this year watched the progress of a nesting blackbird and her young.

The club has two honorary members who visit two days each week, the dementia 'therapy dogs' Higby and Dave.

Sidmouth Street is open from Tuesday to Friday each week. It is run by our dementia services manager Grant Newton and  his deputy Carol Gazzard.

To get in touch call 01380 739055 or email Sidmouth Street 

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What they say:

After a hesitant start, mum grew to looking forward to her weekly outing and spoke highly of you all. It made a big difference to her day, being able to enjoy the company of others, including, of course the dogs, and she loved the craft sessions  I would like to thank you for the relief it gave me. To know that she was safe and well cared for while I had a few hours to myself helped so much.

Please thank your staff for the support they give Dad and just lovely to hear he is enjoying quality social time again with others.