The 9th International Dementia Conference

    Venue: Citywest Hotel

    Dates: 15th & 16th May 2017


     St Mary Threadgold Retires

    Sister Mary Theadgold, founder Sonas

    Sr Mary Threadgold, founder of Sonas apc and the Sonas programme has retired from the board of Sonas apc. Some of Sr Mary’s colleagues, fellow professionals and friends pay tribute to her and the legacy she has created in her chosen fields.

    “A gentle, unassuming woman, Sr Mary Threadgold has for 26 years been a visionary and innovator. While she will be missed in her retirement, her legacy will live on through the hundreds of healthcare professionals she has trained, the weekly Sonas sessions in nursing homes and hospitals throughout Ireland and the UK, the resources that she developed to support the spiritual needs and well being of older people, and Sonas apc’s work. Always true to her vocation, the depth of her contribution is evidenced by the
    changed nature of care practices and attitudes towards vulnerable older people who are housebound or in care.

    Sr Mary has had a profound influence on my life, as she has had for others. I was a journalist when I first met her and I was immediately drawn to the story of transformation at the heart of the Sonas programme. Witnessing it firsthand was inspirational.

    Over the years, as I have learnt from Sr Mary and worked alongside her, I have developed an unwavering commitment to making that transformation happen, whatever the project, programme or context.
    While she has stepped back from Sonas apc, Sr Mary will continue to be actively involved in the area of spirituality of the older person.

    I wish Sr Mary well in her retirement and look forward to the next phase in the life of my friend and mentor” – Sinead Grennan, CEO, Sonas apc.

    Dementia Friendly Ireland Update


    An update on the Dementia Friendly Ireland Campaign is now available.

    Click on the link below to view the update which is provided after the Sounding Board Event that took place on June 13th.

    The presentation gives an overview of the event, the responses and feedback, the outstanding themes that emerged from the day and next steps in the campaign.

    Click Here

    Summertime Series 2016 
    For people living with dementia and their families  
    Rathfarnham Castle
    Thursday 21st July, 2016
    Time:1:45- 4:15 pm
    Price:€25 per person

    Join us for an engaging afternoon at the beautiful 16th Century Rathfarnham Castle for the first of our Summer Series 2016.

    The event provides people living with dementia and their families with an opportunity to take part in a day of exploration and discovery in a safe environment.

    Activities will be carried out by trained staff and will include sensory enrichment, memory-based activities and tea & scones.The afternoon is about connection, engagement and the community.

    Please note, we must receive a Safety Consideration Form for each attendee outlining their dietary and mobility needs.
    Booking deadline 5pm July 7th 
    To book a place call us at (01) 260 8138
    Book online at
    In collaboration with Engaging Activities




    The Threadgold Communication Tool is now a validated tool for measuring communication ability for people with moderate to severe dementia. See full research article here.


    Click on the links below to view the research related to the Sonas Programme. 





    Report now available


    MEETING OLDER PEOPLE’S PREFERENCE FOR CARE: Policy, but what about practice?

    The purpose of the study was to investigate how the health and social care system is responding to the care
    needs, required supports and preferences of older people.
    The research gathered information on the experiences and
    views of social workers working across the country with older people, including people living with dementia.

    Preferences for Care – research report


    Facebook Competition

    How to Enter:

    For a chance to WIN a day one delegate pass to The 8th National Dementia Conference visit our Facebook page.  Click here

    Terms and Conditions apply. The winner will be announced on our Facebook page on the 3rd of March . This prize is not transferable and is not redeemable for cash. Other terms & Conditions also apply.



    The 8th National Dementia Conference

    New developments, Innovative practice

    Date: 16th and 17th May 2016

    Venue: Citywest Hotel, Dublin Sonas Conference 2016_Promo_Theme FINAL


    The 8th National Dementia conference is due to take place on the 16th and 17th of May 2016 in the Citywest hotel, Dublin.

    The theme of this year’s conference is “New developments, Innovative practice”. Key speakers include:

    • Mary Manning, Director / National Nursing Lead for Dementia, Nursing & Midwifery Planning & Development Unit, Tullamore – As National Nursing Lead for Dementia, Mary is working with the national Dementia Office to support the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy.
    • Professor Ian Robertson, Professor of Psychology and Co-Director, Global Brain Health Institute
    • Professor Bob Woods, Director, Dementia Service Development Centre, Wales.

    The full conference programme is available to view here

    Early bird tickets are now available to purchase here


    GSK IMPACT Award GSK_IMPACT_2015_winner


    Sonas apc is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a GSK IMPACT award for 2015.


    The GSK Ireland IMPACT awards are designed to recognise and reward community-based charities that are doing excellent work to improve peoples’ health and well-being in Ireland. This is the first year of the GSK Ireland IMPACT awards, an expansion of the GSK awards in the UK and the USA that have been running for 18 years, focusing solely on health and well-being charities in Ireland.


    Sonas apc is proud to be recognised by GSK Ireland as a leading charity in trying to improve peoples’ health and well-being in Ireland. This award will help Sonas apc to continue to provide people with dementia and their care partners with evidence-informed supports, to enable them to live full and meaningful lives. The Sonas apc team will be presented with the IMPACT award at a ceremony in Dublin on October 22nd.


    As part of the award, GSK are making a short film about our work. Take a look below.

    Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) Annual Conference

    Thursday 12th November 2015 @ 9am Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin 4. The NHI Conference chaired by John Bowman includes speakers from both the domestic sector and International experts. For programme and booking details contact NHI (01) 4292570 and

    Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) Annual Care Awards

    Thursday 12th November 2015 @ 7.00pm (the evening of the Annual Conference) Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin 4. The NHI Care Awards is the definitive celebration of excellence across the Nursing Home sector. The purpose of the awards is to promote best practice within the sector and pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence and dedication within their field of work.

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