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. This 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 can also provide raising awareness sessions for you, your employees and volunteers. To join, visit the alliance website.
If you are interested in becoming a dementia friend further information can be found on the Alzheimer's Society website or please refer to the events dates below.
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 Awareness Week 2019
Richmondshire District Council are showing their support for a national campaign to raise awareness of dementia in Richmondshire.
The week long initiative (May 20 to 26) will also see the re-launch of ‘Dementia Friendly Richmondshire’. The new name gives the group the opportunity to extend its work across the district and continue to work towards its ambition to make Richmondshire a more dementia friendly district.
Last year Richmond Pool became the first pool in Yorkshire to achieve Dementia Friendly status. Next week the group are running organised tours of the facility to enable people to see the changes that have been made to make it dementia friendly. Children from St. Mary’s Primary School in Richmond will be singing at the Café Memoir session at Richmond Town Hall on Tuesday 21 May 2019 at 1pm. There will also be a dementia awareness session specifically for businesses on Friday 24 May between 10am and 11am.
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% 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07826 867835.
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:
- Richmond Golf Club Singing for Pleasure – 3rd Thursday of the month 2pm – 3:30pm
- Richmond Golf Club Café Memoir - 1st Thursday of the month 2pm – 3:30pm
- Richmond Town Hall - every Tuesday 1pm - 3pm
Useful links to other organisations that can help are listed at the bottom of this page under the useful websites section.