About Us

Open Door 1 is a committed team of people who previously worked locally within dementia services for many years. We formed to provide a service to people who suffer from the effects of early stage memory loss (dementia).

We fully understand that living with a memory problem is not easy. It can strike at any time and any age and we know how challenging this can be.

Our services are not just for those who suffer from memory impairment, we encourage carers and family members to join our self-help groups, where all aspects of living and coping with dementia can be discussed. The group offers a place where you can find support and share concerns.

Our aim is to provide information, help and support to everyone to the best of our ability and to provide assistance in all aspects of the management of dementia associated symptoms.

We currently run two centres, Ashfield/ Mansfield and Balderton/ Newark.

The cost of the service in both centres is £40 per day. This includes all costs for activities, food and beverages.

Transport is currently unavailable in Newark area but there is a community car scheme run by CVS in Newark.

For more information, visit: Community Car Scheme Newark. also Collingham Car Scheme

Our Newark service is held at:

Flowserve Club House
Hawton Lane
NG24 3BU

Our Ashfield sessions

Harwood Court Community Centre
Harwood Close
NG17 4PD

Transport is available upon request for getting to and from the centre at a cost of £7.50

Our services run on Tuesday and Fridays in Ashfield 10am until 3pm and Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in Balderton, Newark 10am until 3pm.

Regular monthly social groups also run in the evenings in both areas.

About Newark

After an initial pilot in September 2014, it was decided that we would offer a permanent service starting January 2015. We aim to reduce stress and the sense of social isolation by raising awareness of dementia within the community. We offer our group members opportunities to take part in social activities as well as being included in the decision-making process of how we develop as a service. This is achieved by providing social events and activities to encourage carers and family members to participate in our carers/self-help groups. We accept persons of working age as well as older persons. Newark is now a three days per week service.

About Ashfield

This service started in 2012 one session per week and had five group members. Within a few months, the service was busting at the seams and needed to expand. We decided to run another day which was soon filled too.

Access Our Service

The service can be accessed easily by contacting your Social Worker, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Community care Officer, Doctor.

We also take self-directed referrals to the Service Manager or Co-ordinator at Open Door 1. You can find the contact details by clicking here.

We provide social events to include all of the family as well as carers. Breakfast meetings, quiz nights and cream teas are a regular event at Open Door. This encourages social inclusion as well as adding much-needed funding for social outings.

The Team

  • Maxine Huskinson Service Manager
  • Keith Bills  Support Worker Ashfield/Newark
  • Clare Mellors Support Worker Ashfield/Newark
  • Nicola Storey Support Worker Ashfield/Newark
  • Denzil Lord Support Worker Ashfield/Newark
  • Steve Smith Support Worker Ashfield/Newark
  • Anne Purdy  Cook   Ashfield
  • Mark Coope   Administration


  • Kath Hill Ashfield
  • Vito Kucharski Newark
  • Barbara Hannah Ashfield
  • Pauline Smith Ashfield
  • Jason Lloyd Ashfield/Newark