Beacon Shed Referral Criteria

The Beacon Shed is a community activity space which is primarily open to people living with dementia and their Carers. We may also take referrals for other participants if space allows.

Participants can take part in activities such as making, mending, gardening, art and crafts, which are tailored to their abilities. Everyone is provided with drinks and biscuits during their sessions.

We ask for a minimum donation of £5 per session to contribute towards our running costs. You are welcome to give more if you feel it's appropriate.


For all people wishing to join our Shed activities, the criteria below must be met to enable them to have the best possible experience.


Have the capacity to consent and decide for themself to attend the shed sessions.

People wishing to attend the Shed sessions must understand what the Shed and sessions entail and have a willingness to positively engage.



To be as independent as possible and be able to articulate their needs.

We understand the progression of dementia can vary from person to person. With the resources we have at the Shed. It is important that the person who wishes to attend the Shed sessions can go to the toilet on their own and eat/drink/walk with little support.


No report of any safeguarding or risk that could bring harm to themselves or other people at the group.

We value everyone’s health and safety at all our groups. If you feel there is a potential risk of abuse or there is a current ongoing safeguarding issue which the safeguarding team/social worker is aware of – please let us know.


To live within the Rossendale area

Ideally, we’d like to open our Shed to everyone regardless of where they live. However, due to resources, whilst we pilot the Shed sessions, the sessions will only be open to people who live within the borough of Rossendale.

Referral Form

Please click on the Refer Now button below to go to the online referral form. If you would prefer to print a copy to complete you can download a copy from our Resources page here