Richmondshire District Council

Dementia Friendly Richmondshire 

The group 'Dementia Friendly Richmondshire' (formerly known as Richmondshire Dementia Action Alliance) is working with the council and other partners towards Richmondshire becoming a recognised dementia friendly community. The steering group meets once a month and is available to offer support and advice to any organisations or businesses that would like to become dementia friendly. It also provides raising awareness sessions for you, your employees and volunteers. To join, visit the Alzheimer's Society website.

If you are interested in becoming a dementia friend further information can be found on the Alzheimer's Society website

If your business or community group would like to become recognised as being 'Dementia Friendly' please contact us for more advice or take a look at the Alzheimer's dementia friendly business guide website

2019 Memory Walk event - 
Dementia Friendly Richmondshire hosted their second annual Alzheimer's Society Memory Walk, Your Walk Your Way on Saturday 5 October at Catterick Racecourse to raise valuable funding for the Alzheimer’s Society and raise awareness of dementia. There was also a pop up Memory Cafe, kindly provided by the Colburn Hub and Community Cafe, and information stalls on how to find out more about dementia services.


Side by Side

Side by Side is an Alzheimer's Society project that matches people who have dementia with volunteers, based on shared interests. Once matched with a volunteer, they can enjoy time together doing activities that they have always loved, attend events or clubs together, or try out brand new interests. Pairs meet regularly at a time that suits them both.

Side by Side is open to anyone who has a diagnosis of dementia and would like to be more connected to their communities. It may be that you want to go on more country walks but don't fancy going on your own, or you have a passion for golf but have no one to share this with. It is a personalised service so what you do is up to you. Volunteers are fully trained and supported, but they cannot provide personal care or act as a transport or handyperson service.

Could you help someone with dementia do the things they love? 62 percent of people who live alone with dementia say they feel lonely. Side by Side aims to reduce this feeling of isolation.  Volunteer for the Side by Side service and share your passion with someone with dementia in Hambleton and Richmondshire.  Get in touch today to find out more by emailing fiona.baker@alzheimers.org.uk or calling 07826 867835.


Café Memoir

Dementia cafes provide opportunities for people with dementia, family members and carers to meet regularly and talk about living with dementia. Information about dementia, local services and practical tips about how to live with dementia are also available at these social events.

Café Memoirs currently held across the district are:

Useful links to other organisations that can help are listed at the bottom of this page under the useful websites section.

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