Richmondshire District Council

North Yorkshire 'The Blue Book' 

The Blue Book is a family project - a voluntary initiative which came about through the personal experience of Chantal Kinsella. It is an information booklet providing a summary of activities and support for older people and people living with dementia. This free booklet is updated each year and is available in digital and hard copies.

How to get your copy of The Blue Book

  • digital copy - this can be downloaded via the Blue Book website under the ‘Get your copy’ section 
  • hard copy - if you would like hard copies to distribute to your clients, or to display in your organisation for people to pick up, they can be ordered via an online order form. Hard copies of the book and delivery are both free of charge

Support for people living with dementia during COVID-19

Did you know that you can register yourself or on behalf of someone else if either of you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to Coronavirus? For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food. 

For those defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable read the COVID-19 guidance on shielding and protecting people.

Listed below are links to organisations providing advice and guidance for people living with dementia and their families and carers. You can also speak to a dementia specialist Admiral Nurse via Dementia UK’s helpline on 0800 888 6687.

Support services

Richmondshire District Council are working closely with partners to provide support for our residents. The main point of contact for registering a need and accessing support services is via North Yorkshire County Council (call 01609 780780). There are also a number of local Mutual Aid groups that have been established too.

The County Council have also established four local hubs in the district hosted by:

  • Upper Dales Community Partnership in Hawes
  • Hudson House in Reeth
  • Leyburn Arts and Community Centre in Leyburn
  • The Bridge in Catterick Garrison

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 on a regular basis 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. 

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

Dementia services and providers across Richmondshire

Dementia Friendly Swimming Pool

Richmondshire Leisure Trust were recognised as the first pool to achieve dementia friendly status in Yorkshire by North Yorkshire Sport and the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA). To become dementia friendly, a facility displays a commitment to supporting their staff to be dementia friends and undertakes 'Step Inside' training to view their facilities through the lens of someone with dementia. Physical adjustments are made in the form of signage and appropriate flooring. To further support this the pool has created specific dementia friendly sessions with a guarantee that lifeguards are dementia friends during those sessions. For details call 01748 824581 or email

Alzheimer’s Society

The society provides dementia advice clinics for those recently diagnosed with dementia or who may have concerns about their own or someone else's memory. Clinics run at: 

  • Quakers Lane Surgery, Richmond. Runs first Wednesday in the month, 3pm-5pm. Call 01748 850440
  • Kirkwood Hall, Leyburn. Call 01969 622391 to arrange an appointment 
  • Scorton Surgery. Runs third Friday in the month, 1pm-4.30pm. Call 01748 811320 
  • Aldbrough St John. Call 01325 374332 to arrange an appointment
  • Day support at Garget Walker House, Richmond. Call 01748 826114

For further details call the Alzheimer's Society on 01748 825817 or email

Dementia Forward

You can access support by calling their local helpline on 03300 578592, email or visit the Dementia Forward website.

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