How Zest has reduced isolation and loneliness for Mary

Whitstable Zest – A case study

Mary* has a dementia, and she started at ZEST late 2021. She lives alone and is unable to get out much. Although she was made welcome, she was initially unsure if the ZEST group was for her. As she got to know the other participants, and with encouragement and support from myself and others she gradually found the confidence to take part in the various activities.

The day before each session I telephone for a chat and to confirm Mary’s attendance in order to arrange her transport to and from the venue. Due to her memory problems I speak to her again on the morning of the session. This, and her attendance at ZEST helps to alleviate some of her isolation and contributes to her wellbeing.

Other than coming to ZEST, Mary rarely leaves her house. She says that it has given her the opportunity to try new things and a chance to enjoy the company of others. It gives her something to think about and above all to look forward to each week.

After one session Mary cheerily said “I never thought I would be playing the drums!”

Steve,  Whitstable ZEST Coordinator

*Name changed for privacy