Information for Gloucestershire Dementia Networks

Dolls Request

We have done so well collecting and distributing twiddle muffs that we have another request for you!

One of our DLW/Dementia Leads is looking to promote the use of dolls for doll therapy/provide a doll where there aren’t resources to buy one.

  • Does anyone have an unloved unwanted doll looking for a good home?
  • It needs to be in good condition, clean & have a current safety mark (Without making comparisons between people living with dementia & children from a risk awareness aspect a doll that has passed up to date safety requirements for young children would be perfect).

Recommendations for suitable therapy dolls are that they should:

  • Have soft bodies
  • Have eyes that open & close
  • Do not make a noise such as crying


Lorna Mackenzie, Amy Wood-Mitchell and Ian James (Journal of Dementia Care ’07).

I would be happy to arrange collection if you can help (see contact below).

We would also be happy to hear about your (anonymous) experiences of doll therapy that might help others thinking of introducing dolls.

Sue Keane
01242 634 445

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