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Please see latest news articles below from South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire as well as those from farther afield. 

We hope you enjoy reading our news and any feedback is always welcome.

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25th April 2014 - Barnsley: Dementia Friendly Community Session

We will be demonstrating the website at a stand at this event in Barnsley Town Hall 10am to 3pm. 


Please do come and say hello!

25th April 2014 - Sheffield: Come see the website!

We will be demonstrating the website at The Circle in Sheffield on the 21st May from 2pm to 4pm. 

25th April 2014 - Doncaster: Come see the website!

We will be demonstrating the website at St Catherines at Tickhill Road on the 22nd from 11am onwards. 

06th May 2014 - Craft and therapy event 31st May


 Craft & Therapy Event 9am till 2pm


at The Point, South Parade, Doncaster DN1 2DR,



19th May 2014 - New website launched in Doncaster

Find out more here

19th May 2014 - New website launched in Bassetlaw!

Find out more here

20th May 2014 - Dementia Champion Trevor Jarvis reviews

See Trevor reviewing the website here

20th May 2014 - Dr Nick Tupper's blog: dementia carers the unsung heroes

Link to Dr Tupper's blog here

22nd May 2014 - Yorkshire Post: Lifeline for carers

Read the Yorkshire Post article on here

30th May 2014 - Newsletter

Supporting carers
Newsletter Date 20th May 2014

Goodbye……ish This is the last addition of the Supporting Carers newsletter. The newsletter has served us well over the last year. It has allowed us to let those who have helped us along the way know what is happening and keep them in touch. We are moving to a new format. We will be sending out a DementiaCarer newsletter to users of the website, including any new developments and news features. Please do let us know if you would like to included on the list for this.

And finally We have some business cards for giving out to people you may know or work with who might find the website useful. If you would like a supply of these ring us on 0114 2966229.

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05th June 2014 - Carers week event: Barnsley

We will outside the Alhambra Centre in Barnsley on the 11th from 9.30am. Come and say hello and try out the website!

05th June 2014 - Carer's Week event: Doncaster

We will be at the Carer's event in the Civic Centre on Tuesday 10th from 11am till 3pm on the 10th. Come along, say hello and try out the website.

05th June 2014 - Carer's week event: Bassetlaw

We will be at Worksop library from noon on the 12th. So come along say hello and try out the website. 

11th June 2014 - A life of my own

Do you live in Rossington and care for a family member, friend or partner?
Come and join our musicians Janet and Dyzelle for a series of weekly sessions in Rossington beginning in September. 

This is a time for you and the person you care for to:
• Develop friendships and connections with those who live locally
• Share positive memories for you and the person you care for
• Take part in music sessions that encourage laughter, fun and play!
• Find out about other arts opportunities in your area
Church of Christ the King
Skipwith Gardens
Rossington, DN11 0TU

Wednesdays from 1.30pm – 3.30pm
10th September – 12th November 2014.
All sessions are free, no experience is needed and we'll provide refreshments.

To book please call darts' reception team on 01302 341662.

If you'd like to know more before booking you can contact Lucy Robertshaw on 01302 558054 or e-mail

16th July 2014 - Newsletter Summer 2014 was launched in May to great fanfare at The Point in Doncaster. Carers and their loved ones attended the launch as well as professionals and those invovled in its development. Since then we have been moving forward on a number of fronts. 



New areas

Nottinghamshire has joined Bassetlaw in supporting the site and we will be adding services form there over the next few weeks. If you know of any services that should be included please do let us know. We will also be filming carers in Nottinghamshire and are looking for volunteers!


New content

We will be adding new videos shortly as well as a new category on relationships. Watch this space!


Where are we now

Since the site was launched on the 20th May hundreds of sessions have taken place with nearly a thousand individual users and many repeat users. 


Some of the comments received so far:


 ‘Looks really positive to me. Nicely laid out, clear clean design. Good example to what can be done to help.’


‘This is brilliant. It’s great that it says what to do from a carer’s perspective.’



‘Some powerful videos re #dementia Already found some of use to me personally Thank you for the link x’




 ‘I think this looks really good.’


 ‘I like the layout – nice and easy to access and the use of video/real experiences is really good.’


‘It’s great to see carers represented so well.’


‘I think this is wonderful and I will be promoting it to all.’


'Hi Tom, I think the website is great – do you know where I could get promotional materials?'



We are still improving and any feedback positive or negative will help us to do that! 




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28th August 2014 - South Yorkshire through time

All are invited to the launch of South Yorkshire through time a new web based community resource. Find out more here

28th August 2014 - Memories - a concert by Ilesha Ladies Choir

The Ilesha Ladies Choir will be performing at Christ Church Ardsley on the 24th September at 7.30pm. The concert is in aid of the Church's fundraising for a new organ. 


Tickets £5 available from the church on Sunday or Wednesday mornings or on 01226 950643


28th August 2014 - Festival of the mind

An immersive sound environment has been developed by artists and neuroscientists for those living with dementia. It is running from the 18th to the 28th September in Castle House from 10.30am to 5pm. 

The event is free.

Find out more here

09th September 2014 - Carers Roadshow

Calling all carers!

Come along to a Carers’ Road Show near you….

Free Event!
Free Prize Draw Win a £100 shopping voucher!


All events are open 10am - 2pm Refreshments available

Monday 22nd September Arnold Methodist Church, NG5 7EL

Tuesday 23rd September Mansfield Community Hospital, NE18 5QJ

Wednesday 24th September Stapleford Care Centre, NG9 8DB

Thursday 25th September Bingham Medical Centre, NG13 8FD

Friday 26th September Newark Hospital, NG24 4DE

Monday 29th September West Bridgford Library, NG2 6AT

Tuesday 30th September Kings Mill Hospital, NG17 4JL

Wednesday 8th October Bassetlaw Retford Town Hall, DN22 6DE

These Road Shows are being held by The Carers’ Forum and supported by Independent Voices for Engagement.

Contact us on 07999 532535



09th September 2014 - Carers Council

We wish to invite you  to our  Autumn Open Meeting and AGM

To be held on Wednesday 17th  September 2014
From 1 pm to 4 pm
At the  Nottingham Mechanics,
3, North Sherwood St, Nottingham NG1 4EZ

AGM followed by a Buffet Lunch

Debbie Dolan The Clinical Project Lead  for Adult  Mental Health Services from  the  Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust will tell us about the  proposed development of Intensive Crisis Home Treatment model of care.

Social Activities with quiz  and raffle  to follow
You will be made welcome

Booking is not  essential but  if possible please phone Judith: 0115 9179 025 or email  -  to confirm attendance

12th September 2014 - Newsletter Autumn 2014

My how we have grown. 


From what started as a small project in South Yorkshire we have expanded into neighbouring Nottinghamshire and things are afoot further afield! 


Filming in Nottinghamshire starts next week so be prepared to see some new faces on the website. 

For each of the new areas we will be adding local services and undertaking filmed interviews with carers.

Talking of which, three new carers have been added to the website over the last week. They are son, daughter, and daughter in law carers and each brings useful experience and tips from their lives. 


We are still looking for carers to film; particularly husbands and cares from black, asian and minority ethnic communities. If you know of anyone who would be interested please get in touch. 


There are other new developments on the website with a new category on Relationships being added in the next few weeks. We will also be developing in other ways in response to feedback and ideas from users so please do keep your eyes peeled. 


If you have any comments or suggestions please do get in touch.

08th October 2014 - FREE Everyday First Aid Session

Are you aged 13 – 18? Do you look after a family member or friends?
Drop in to find out what to do in a First Aid emergency.
Bonington Theatre, Saturday 25th October, 13:00 – 15:00 

Arnold Leisure Centre, High Street, Arnold, NG5 7EE
To sign up please contact Cllr Henry Wheeler on or 0785 583 3841

09th October 2014 - Unwind your mind

1 October 2014
Time(s) 11am – 3pm
Artist Betty Ching joins for two free workshops for adults -

Papercraft: 11am - 12.30pm
Vintage Fabric Craft: 1:30pm - 3pm.
Booking essential for workshops.

Unwind Your Mind will see the launch of ‘Memory Lane kits’ or reminiscence packs to support people with dementia and their loved ones. The kits feature books, CDs and DVDs, themed objects and photographs. Themes include seaside, transport and life in the 1940s.

Venue details
West Bridgford Library and Young People's Centre
Bridgford Road
West Bridgford

16th October 2014 - A message from Nottinghamshire County Council about the Adult Carers Survey 2014



During mid October 2014 the Adult Social Care & Health Department will be posting out the Adult Carers Survey to around 1000 carers chosen at random. We will be contacting carers aged 18 or over, who are helping or looking after someone aged 18 or over, and who have been assessed or reviewed by Social Care workers in the past 12 months.

The survey is a national survey that is run every other year and is used to determine how well services are meeting user and carer needs and whether or not these services have improved carers’ ability to care and live a life outside this role.


In Nottinghamshire we use the survey results to find out how well we are supporting carers in their caring role, and if there are areas that we need to improve.


Last time the survey was run we found that:


  • 75% of carers were satisfied with the care and support they and the person they care for receive
  • 66% of carers who had tried to find information said it was easy to find
  • 73% said they felt involved and consulted in discussions about the person they care for


In 2012 we achieved a 52% response rate to the survey and we want another great response this year.  We would encourage you to complete it and return it to us and please do not hesitate to ask for any help if needed.


The survey is completely confidential and no one involved in arranging care for yourself or the person you care for will see your answers.


If you need help completing the survey or have any questions, please call the Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 80 80.

14th November 2014 - Christmas Fair!

On Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th  it is the Christmas Fair at St. Catherine’s House on the Tickhill Road Hospital site.  

There are lots of craft stalls, brass band, choirs, reindeer, Santa in his grotto, the Walled Garden produce, plants arrangements and (limited) fruit and veg, the Victorian Tea Rooms and lots more worthwhile things to see and a book stall.

28th November 2014 - Young and Old join forces to create dementia awareness

Older people with dementia have begun sharing their life stories and memories with school children in an innovative new council project, thought to be the first of its kind in the region.


The council has developed its ‘Adopt a Care Home’ project linking a local school and care home to raise awareness of dementia and help create a new ‘dementia friendly generation.’

Year 5 pupils at Prince Edward Primary School at Manor Top will be taking part in weekly visits to Hurlfield View until the end of term where they will speak to residents receiving short term residential care and day care about their families, former occupations, favourite holidays and what has shaped their lives. The nine and 10-year-old children will then present their collection of life stories and mini autobiographies in a special school assembly.

Find out more here

05th December 2014 - Christmas newsletter!

New developments!

We have spent Autumn and the early part of Winter filming in Nottinghamshire. We now have a selection of new videos covering areas such as guilt, dressing, noticing the signs of dementia, friends, distraction techniques and music to name a few. We have one more lot of filming to complete and another twenty or so clips to add so look out for the new areas appearing!

We have also added a new button to the site called Relationships. Based on the early research we did with carers this is a very important area looking at changes in the relationship, as well communication and aprreciating the present. New vidoes will accompany this area as well as new tips and links to local services. We are also developing a new button on Understanding Dementia - if there is anything you would to contribute to this please do let me know. 


Spreading the word

We have had some good feedback from local areas as we go around and show the website to carers and professionals. Local areas have also been letting people know about the site and this is really helping in getting the site seen more widely. If you know anyone who you think could benefit from visiting the site please do let them know. 


More widely I went to a conference on Women and Dementia which looked at dementia as a women's issue (most carers are women, as are most people with dementia, and the care workforce).

You can find out more about the project here.

What do you think? Is dementia a women's issue, if so how does that impact on care and carers?


We are getting lots of positive feedback on the website from carers and from professionals, for example:

The whole website is EXCELLENT. I'm only sorry it's not a national resource, but I will be putting the link in our Carers Project e-newsletter as the videos, made by carers themselves, will be very helpful. 

Which is lovely to hear and testament to all the hardwork and commitment by carers involved. Thank you!

On that note I only need to wish a Merry Christmas to you all!

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15th December 2014 - Free Relationship Counselling for Dementia Carers

Relate is offering free relationship support in Doncaster to help people who care for their loved ones with dementia.  At Relate, we know that living with dementia can put a real pressure on relationships, but those relationships are vital in helping people through the difficult times that dementia can bring.



This free support can help you to understand and adapt to the changes in your relationships with a spouse, family members or friends. You can speak to a fully trained counsellors either face-to-face at Relate’s office at the Lakeside, or from the comfort of your own home via the telephone or online. You can also choose to attend face-to-face sessions either as a couple, with your family or individually.  


You can start receiving support today by booking a face-to-face or telephone session on 01302 380280, or by speaking to a counsellor now online at


19th December 2014 - Unlocking Dementia

Unlocking Dementia is an interactive performance designed for members of the community, businesses and schools to increase people’s understanding of Dementia and how they can help others. 

Their performance is based on real people’s experiences of living in Doncaster with Dementia, as well as the impact it can have on family members, friends, work colleagues and community.
It lasts one hour, can be performed at your chosen venue, and is FREE.
Please note:
• Places are limited and are available up to March 2015 (all performances must be completed by the end of March)
• The offer is available to schools, businesses and other organisations, such as community groups

For more details and to book, please call Lucy on 01302 558054 or email her at

06th January 2015 - How to tell if memory problems are really a sign of dementia

Researchers in Sheffield are using Conversation Analysis to identify dementia in patients referred to the Memory Clinic as against other forms of memory loss. Read the article here


Saturday morning        10.00 – 12.00

February – March 2015




(10.00 am – 12.00 mid-day)




7th February

Introduction to dementia



14nd February

Understanding the experience of dementia



21st February

Being a carer and looking after yourself




28th February

Understanding the changes in communication and behaviour




7th March




Understanding the assessment process.

Moving on – accepting help, sharing the care, respite and long term care

A look at local services





14th March



Welfare benefits - (Guest speaker).

The legal implications of caring for someone with dementia.





21st March


Health issues – Infection control. Continence care.

Guest speakers from the specialist nursing teams)



All the sessions will be run at RADFORD CARE GROUP, PROSPECT ST, RADFORD, NOTTINGHAM NG7 5QE. TEL: 0115 9786133. Please call to reserve a place for the full programme

A charge of £2.50 per session will be made to cover the cost of refreshments.

We are hoping that carers will try to attend all the sessions in order to maximise the benefit of the information. However, we quite understand if this is not possible.

16th January 2015 - Meeting Ground Theatre Company and Nottingham Lakeside Arts present INSIDE OUT OF MIND

Following its successful world premier here in 2013, we are proud to welcome Inside Out of Mind back to Lakeside as part of a national tour.

Darkly comic and offering glimpses of a mysterious world, this insightful play by Tanya Myers enters into the experience of dementia care. Based on extensive and rigorous participant observation in dementia wards, the ehtnographic research, which was carried out in the Midlands has provided the inspiration for this new play which builds bridges between art and science, old and young, carers and cared-for.

Funny and moving in turn, Inside out of Mind illustrates a layering of worlds within worlds woven together with the life stories of individual patients and staff.

Touching minds and hearts, nurses and patients search for love, rhyme and reason on ‘the ward with no name’. Dancing inside and outside in, the play moves between multiple realities where time and identity drift apart.

“Compelling performances from a strong cast powerfully invoke understanding of just how important it is to see people with dementia as individuals with rich life experiences. Everyone should see this deeply moving play.” – Audience Member 2013

“A strikingly powerful production: sometimes harrowing, sometimes humurous, but always sensitive and sharp in its insights into the lives of carers and cared-for. It is educational, thought provoking and bursting with emotion.” – Professor Sir David Greenway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham.

Inside Out of Mind is a memorable, clever and moving theatre performance, enjoyable even in its hardest moments.” – Parliament of Dreams

This multi-layered production is a unique collaboration between Meeting Ground Theatre Company, Nottingham Lakeside Arts and The University of Nottingham’s Institute of Mental Health and the NHS.

The performances will take place on Tuesday 24 February and Saturday 28 February at 7.30pm. (Please note Saturday 28 February will be a signed performance).

Tickets are £15 (£13 concessions, £11 restricted view) and can be booked by calling our friendly Box Office on 0115 846 7777 or via our website. The performance lasts 2 hours plus interval and is suitable for 12+ years.

You can find out more about our drama programme on our website, by following us on Twitter  or find us on Facebook.

We look forward to welcoming you to Lakeside.

22nd January 2015 - BBC Radio York talks about Teabags in the fridge

Tom Chrisp and Tony Goodall talk about Teabags in the fridge from 1.11 onwards here

02nd February 2015 - Launch of Books on Prescription

Nottingham Central Library 4th February 10am to 1pm. 

Explore new Books on Precription collection and dementia memory packs. 

Discover the help and support available.

Enjoy Singing for the Brain. 

05th February 2015 - Dementia and Technology: Understanding and meeting the unmet need


Mellor's Way, NG8 6PY, Nottingham, Off Woodhouse Way, The Nottingham Belfry
Thursday 26th February 2015 (09:30-1


This latest event from MindTech (NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative) in association with Medilink East Midlands and Next Business Generation is aimed at linking up local companies and other interested parties with health and wellness unmet needs, focussing on dementia.

Delegates will connect with the NHS and the wider healthcare community including third sector and informal carer organisations, and with academics from the Institute of Mental Health (The University of Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust) and the new Centre for Dementia, to exchange knowledge and spark off ideas and explore possible technology-related solutions, whether this is for dementia care in the community or in a care home setting.

The format of the event will be short presentations and an interactive workshop to encourage discussion and provide opportunities for networking during the morning and over lunch, to find out more please visit the website to view the programme.

11th February 2015 - Quiz Night at the Sun Inn York Road, Scawsby, Doncaster DN5 8RN


Thursday 12th March 2015    

Start 7.30pm

 Book Stall and Raffle

Tickets £8

to include pie and pea supper



Please phone 01302 723322

or email



All proceeds to: Donmentia



12th February 2015 - Spring Newsletter

Teabags in the fridge

There is a brand new area on the website which includes some resources for professionals working with people living with dementia and their carers. The resources are based around 5 films showing the situation between a daughter Sue, her dad Brian and brother Graham. The resources link to the carer clips to show how real carers might tackle some of the situations faced. 


In other news

We have added more videos to the site focusing on the symptoms of dementia and what it is like as a daughter living with a mother with dementia. We also have our first couple, talking about how they went about setting up a Memory Cafe in their local community. 

Other new areas on the site include a new button on Understanding Dementia, and there is now a Local Services button so you can go directly to a list of local services without going through the rest of the site. 

The next button to go on will be Planning for the future. This will be the last button!


This does not mean that we will stop developing! New ideas are a Book Club within the site whereby we can have reviews of books to help other carers know what the books are like and what a carer might get out of them. Our first reviews are in and will be up shortly. If you are interested in reviewing please let me know on 0114 2966229. 

We are also looking at having some interactive part of the site like a carer's group online. Please do let me know if you have views on this. 


Any other ideas welcome!

Please do also keep sending your local news. It would also be really good to hear some stories on how people are using and the experiences of carers. If you have any please do get in touch - you can email me directly through the site.


Let's hope Spring is not too far away..... 

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24th February 2015 - Nottinghamshire Enrich Forum Thursday 26th February, 2pm — 4pm (Refreshments available from 1.45pm) Conference Room 1, Duncan MacMillan House, Porchester Road, Nottingham. NG3 6AA.

Led by Dr. Adam Gordon
Outline Programme

• The senses in older people —introduction by Dr Adam Gordon

• Hearing and Dementia

• Taste

• Discussion Group around the five senses (good practices and innovat

We welcome all care home staff, researchers and anyone with an interest in care homes. Please bring along your ideas for the discussion group?
To book your free place please contact Joanne Greenwood on 0115 8231282 or

24th February 2015 - A life of my own

Free creative sessions Thursday mornings, 10am - 12noon 19th February - 23rd April Woodfield Social Club, Woodfield Road, Balby, DN4 8HN

If you provide support for a family member, friend or partner, come along to weekly creative sessions designed to encourage laughter and fun in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Escape into music, stories and memories. Bring along the person you support, develop connections with others and take some time out for yourself to unwind. All sessions are free, no creative experience is needed and we'll provide refreshments. If you'd like to know more you can ring Amy on 01302 558041 or email

25th February 2015 - Coping with day to day challenges that dementia can bring


Are you caring for a loved one with dementia in Doncaster?
If so Relate would like to invite you to attend a free support session.

Relate have received funding from Doncaster Councils Innovation Fund to deliver two free taster sessions to help people who care for a loved one with dementia.

A fully trained counsellor will lead the inf

Choose a session

Monday 23 March 2015, 10am-12 noon, St Francis Coffee Shop Nostell Pl, Bessacar Doncaster, DN4 7JA.

Thursday 2 April 2015 1pm– 3pm, Redmond Centre, High St, Carcroft, Doncaster, DN6 8DP.

Book a place

To book your place contact Jo McQuade at Relate on 01302 347471

or email


Free Counselling


Relate also provide free counselling sessions for people in Doncaster that are
caring for a loved one with, or are living with dementia themselves. Counselling can take place either face to face, over the telephone, or via email.

To book a free counselling session call 01302 380280, or to find our more visit       

27th February 2015 - Caregiver burden, Self-efficacy, Social support and The Big 5 personality traits as predictors of increased levels of depression, stress and anxiety in dementia caregivers.

Outline of the research 

Previous research has found that there are around 750,000 people caring for people with dementia in the UK alone. This figure is a reflection of the 4.6 million new cases of dementia discovered each year, as the demand for caregivers increases with the number of new cases discovered. It has also been suggested that caregivers are at risk of putting their own psychological wellbeing un


The study aims to look at possible predictors of the mental health of a dementia caregiver. 

Who is the researcher?

Name: Katie Golding 

Institution: Liverpool Hope University


What will my participation in the research involve?

You will be required to complete 5 questionnaires which should take no longer than 20 minutes. You will fill out 4 questionnaires that are designed to measure levels of caregiver burden, self-efficacy, social support and specific personality traits. A final questionnaire is then to be completed which is designed to capture traits of depression, stress and anxiety. This questionnaire is NOT a diagnosis of any of the both and used only as a guideline of traits that are related to them. If you feel you have scored particularly high on any of the scales there are a variety of support groups available if you feel you need to seek professional advice. Information of these can be disclosed by contacting the researcher via the email address provided. 

You can link to the research here


13th March 2015 - DementiaCarer book club

To help carers sift through the large number of books on dementia and to offer a space for people to share their views on books they have read we have set up the DementiaCarer book club. 

You link to the book club by clicking on the flashing green dot under Looking After Yourself or through this link

27th March 2015 - Talking memories course

Using objects, artefacts and photographs from  Nottinghamshire County Council Libraries ‘Memory Lane Kits’  To stimulate activity, recall and conversation

The course is a free six week course starting on Friday April 17th  morning at Mansfield Library and then in the afternoon at Worksop Library, the aim is to encourage carers to use reminiscence and object handling, and also  to encourage uptake of the free memory lane kit loans offered in the Nottinghamshire County libraries. We have two rooms booked at each library as the course would be a mixture of carer only  sessions, and mixed learning with both cared for and carer.

To book a place call Karyn on 07722783467 

16th April 2015 - Golden Oldies: Thursday 23rd April 10.30 - 12

Join us for a cuppa and a trip down memory lane with a look at special artefacts, photographs and our newest collection Memory Lane.

For more information, please contact Sutton in Ashfield Library on

01623 556296 or

23rd April 2015 - Sporting memories network

A brand new project will be kicked off with three care homes in Sheffield in 2014 to tap into the passion for sport across the city and help trigger memories of favourite teams, players and matches from across the years. The project, used archive images, reports and memorabilia of sport to promote the mental and physical wellbeing of residents in the homes and was funded by a grant from Sheffield City Council Public Health Team.

Sporting Memories Network is looking forward to confirming plans for community based groups being established in the city in 2015. 

The project needs memories from football, rugby league, cricket, athletics, snooker fans, speedway and all forms of sport in Sheffield, please take five minutes to add to the growing collection on the Replay Websites. Add a memory, make a difference here

30th April 2015 - Please vote for Newark Dementia Carers Group

Newark Dementia Carers Group have been short listed for the Ringrose Law, A Grand Idea Scheme. They need as much support as possible by collecting online votes. If the group gets the most votes the group receives £1000.



Please could you click on the link below and vote for Newark Dementia Carers Group. Please don’t vote more than once though or the group will be disqualified.


The vote closes on 22nd March.

06th May 2015 - Carer, Family and Friends Talk: Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act


Thursday 2nd July 2015

1pm to 3pm



Speakers: Michael Sergeant MHA/MCA Lead (Local Services Division). Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust/ Amy Simmons Community Psychiatric Nurse.


Location: Rosewood Involvement Centre, Nottinghamshire NHS Foundation Trust, The Rosewood Centre, Church Circle, New Ollerton, Notts NG22 9SZ


For further information to book a place, please contact


Lauren Medlam on 01909 502025


*refreshments available


06th May 2015 - Death Cafe Bradford

Every day there will be activities and stalls which have been created to initiate conversations or trigger you to think about certain aspects of the dying process. There are activities for you to join in, view, photograph, Snapchat and Tweet about! These include Seed Bombs, a ‘Before I die….’ Wall, designing your own tombstone (and Epitaph!) and creating the perfect funeral song playlist!


Each cafe will have a loosely based theme which will be represented by stalls which will change daily.

We kick off the week on Monday 18th May with experts from the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support Service (SANDS). This day will also focus around death and loss as a young person, suicide (of all ages), miscarriage and abortion. You are free to talk to anyone volunteers and staff about any of these topics and information and support numbers will be made available.

Tuesday 19th May’s Cafe is centred on Tissue and Organ Donation for Therapeutic purposes and Medical Research. We have visitors from The NHS Blood and Transplant Team, the Lead Tissue Donation Practitioner for the North East and Ethical Tissue, The Human Tissue Bank which is based at the University of Bradford will also be there. We will be giving people information on what choices you have after death and how important it is to make them beforehand!

The Chaplain and his team from Bradford Royal Infirmary will be attending on Thursday 21st May to help with any questions and conversations around death and spirituality. There are many people around to chat to about all sides or religion and humanity and this can often help people a lot to talk to someone about any struggles they’ve had in the past with this topic. Also on this day, members of the iGene Digital Autopsy Facility in Bradford will be giving information on their sophisticated, 3D visualisation software and a scanner which is used to establish cause of death.

Friday 22nd of May is all about the legal aspects of Death and Dying. Morrish Solicitors who specialise in this type of law will be in attendance to offer support and advice for free about any issues concerning wills, inheritance, power of attorney, Living Wills etc. This will provide people with a reliable and accessible source of information.

This café is the beginning of a series of events which will get people thinking about this issue…

11th May 2015 - Sheffield City Council – Carers Strategy

Would you like to be involved in shaping the local approach to supporting carers?

Sheffield City Council is working with partners to update the carers strategy and we want to give all carers the opportunity to be involved in this process. The Council is acutely aware of the contribution carers make to our communities, generously giving to those they care for. We want to develop our carers’ strategy with carers, in recognition of their role as expert partners. We also want to understand if carers still feel the 8 objectives outlined in the last carers’ strategy ‘Sheffield: a city where every carer matters’ are still relevant to carers now? They are:

  •     To develop the local infrastructure and improve joint working between partners organisations so that carers are better supported.
  •     To identify hidden carers and raise awareness of carers and their caring responsibilities within organisations and in the wider community.
  •     To provide information, advice and advocacy to enable carers to make informed choices.
  •     To sustain carers in their caring role and prevent carer breakdown.
  •     To involve carers individually and collectively in shaping, commissioning, monitoring and evaluating services and support for them and the people for whom they care
  •     To promote support for employees who have caring responsibilities.
  •     To ensure that carers have a life of their own outside of their caring role.
  •     To enable young carers to have the same life chances as other children and young people and prevent them from taking on inappropriate caring roles.



We are seeking the views of carers to help us determine what the priority areas for carers who live in Sheffield should be. If you are interested and want to be involved in developing the next carers strategy please get in touch with us giving your contact details via the following:



Letter: FAO Emma Dickinson, Floor 9, West wing, Moorfoot Building, Sheffield. S1 4PL



We understand caring can be time consuming and appreciate any contribution of time carers are able to make.



11th May 2015 - Events in Doncaster during Dementia Awareness week.

 17TH – 23RD May is Dementia Awareness Week. 

Come along and find out more at any of these activities. 


Making Space Coffee Morning

10am -12pm @ Crimpsall Centre



Making Space Coffee Morning

10am -12pm @ Sandalwood Day Centre

 Alzheimer’s Society Memory Café

1.30pm-3.30pm @ Trades Club, Frenchgate

 *The Dome Primetimers50+ activities 10.00am - 12.30pm

Walking Football 11.30am – 12.30pm

Dementia Friends Bingo 12.30pm – 1.30pm




 Making Space Coffee Morning

10am -12pm Moathills Centre, Bentley

Sue Ryder ‘Supporting Me’ Memory Walk

10am -12pm @ Sandal Park Café

 *Thorne Leisure Centre

Sequence Dancing 1.30 – 3.00pm

Dementia Friends Bingo 3pm – 4pm




*Dearne Valley Leisure Centre

Flex & Relax (Pilates) 9.15 – 10.15am

Dementia Friends Bingo 10.15am -11.15am

 Reminiscence Event with stories, poems & refreshments

10am -12pm @ Central Children’s Library

 Alzheimer’s Society Memory Café

12pm-3pm @ Cantley Community Centre

 Lasting Power of Attorney

Information Sessions (Please call 01302 327800

to book your free place)

10.30am – 1pm @ Trades Club, Frenchgate




Dementia Friends-athon

12 Dementia Friends sessions across 12 areas of Doncaster from 8am – 8pm. Come along & find out more about dementia.


Dementia Arts Exhibition

Thurs 21st – Sun 24th May 10am–4.30pm

(10am - 4pm  on Sat & Sun)

@ Doncaster Museum

*Rossington Community Pool

Swim session 12pm – 1 pm

Dementia Friends Bingo 1.15pm – 2.15pm


Bawtry Retailers Association (BRA) Dementia Friends Launch Session, Crown Hotel, Bawtry

5:30 – 6:30 pm open to all BRA members                 

Please call 07795121055 to book a place 

Live music at The Regent Hotel.

Come & listen to Antidote at 8.00pm in the Cavern at The Regent Hotel.  Free admission




Dementia Friends-athon

12 Dementia Friends sessions across 12 areas of Doncaster from 8am – 8pm. Come along & find out more about dementia.


Dementia Arts Exhibition

Thurs 21st – Sun 24th May 10am–4.30pm

(10am - 4pm  on Sat & Sun)

@ Doncaster Museum

*Rossington Community Pool

Swim session 12pm – 1 pm

Dementia Friends Bingo 1.15pm – 2.15pm


Bawtry Retailers Association (BRA) Dementia Friends Launch Session, Crown Hotel, Bawtry

5:30 – 6:30 pm open to all BRA members                 

Please call 07795121055 to book a place 

Live music at The Regent Hotel.

Come & listen to Antidote at 8.00pm in the Cavern at The Regent Hotel.  Free admission




Making Space Dementia Friends Session

    3pm – 4pm@ Moathills Day Centre

*These activities are free of charge during dementia awareness week to all new and existing customers

Please call 01302 862147 or 01302 734527 for further information

11th May 2015 - Events in Barnsley during Dementia Awareness Week

Dementia Awareness Week this year will run from 17th May - 23rd May.

Tuesday 19th May - Tea Dance at Cannon Hall Museum, Barnsley 11am - 12.30pm. Please contact the office on 01226 296301 to book a place.
Tuesday 19th May - Launch of new Dementia Café at Barnsley Hospital Chapel, from 1pm— 3pm
Wednesday 20th May - We will have an Information stand at the Royal Bank of Scotland in Barnsley Town Centre 10am - 12pm.
Friday 22nd May - We will have an information stand at Halifax Bank in Barnsley Town Centre 10am - 2pm

13th May 2015 - Dementia Awareness

Visit Bingham Library for a day of activities to raise awareness of Dementia during Dementia Awareness Week

Tuesday 19th May 2015 from 11am – 3pm


  • Dementia friends awareness – become a Dementia Friend and find out how you can help someone with dementia cope with everyday tasks (11.30am  - 12.30pm)


  •  Caring for someone with dementia? Find out what support is available to you on the website. Free demonstrations of the website (1.00pm – 1.30pm)


  • Musicworks with John Osborne 2.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Memory Lane Bags – " Memory Lane bags- an opportunity to look at the reminiscence kits available from Nottinghamshire Libraries"


  •  Dementia information and resources – take a look and see what the Health and Wellbeing Hub has to offer  


  •  Information and support for carers



For more information contact Bingham Library, Eaton Place, Bingham , Nottingham, NG13 8BE Tel: 01949 837905


See for more details

15th May 2015 - Talk Plan Live Conference (Dying Matters and Dementia Awareness week) 

Friday 22nd May 2015

9.30 – 14:00


Assembly Hall, County Hall, Loughborough Road,

West Bridgford, NG2 7QP

Sessions by:

•Notts Hospice: Working with people with dementia
•Office of the Public Guardian: Benefits of Lasting Power of Attorney
•Dementia Matters: Alzheimers Society
•Dementia Friends Champion: running a Dementia Friends session

Book your place/s by emailing your details to:

15th May 2015 - Alzheimer's Society events in Nottinghamshire for Dementia Awareness week.

Alzheimer’s Society staff and volunteers in Nottinghamshire will be out in force this month encouraging residents to get involved in Dementia Awareness Week™ (May 17 - 23)


Throughout the week, people from Nottinghamshire will also be able to take advantage of a series of awareness-raising initiatives where there will be an opportunity to hear from staff

Local events include:

  • Coffee morning at Leawood Manor, West Bridgford (May 18, 10.30am – 12 noon)
  • Awareness event at John Fretwell Complex, Mansfield (May 20, 10.30am – 12.30pm)
  • Dementia Friends Information sessions taking place in Nottingham City (please email to attend)
  • Pop up fairground hook a duck and stalls at Gedling Memory Café, Good Shepherd Church Hall (May 22, 10.30am – 12.30pm)
  • Information stand at QMC, Nottingham all week (unmanned) 

15th May 2015 - Dementia awareness event

Tuesday 19 May 2015 Time: 10am - 2pm Venue: Gedling Borough Council reception

Join us and find out more about...

• Health information and signposting to dedicated dementia services

• Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Reminisce Pod’ A display which uses items from the past and is designed to evoke memories and a encourage conversation from older people. This method helps people to discuss any experiences they have had which relates to their dementia.

• JoCo Learning and Development Musicworks workshop where local musicians play music, which older people recognise and enjoy to evoke memories and conversations.

18th May 2015 - Participants Needed For Study About Driving and Dementia

I am looking for people to take part in my study who have been  diagnosed, or are in the process of potentially being  diagnosed with dementia 


Taking part involves completing a paper-and-pen type test, and then an interview&nbs

Taking part will NOT affect whether you can officially drive or not

Transportation can be provided and paid for to and from QMC, Nottingham, where the study will be taking place!


If you, or you know anyone who would maybe like to take part, please contact me (Jess) for more information, I don't bite!

Mobile: 07920499757

Email Addresses:

22nd May 2015 - Summer newsletter

So the sun in finally out and we can start to think about switching the heating off!

Spring into Summer has been a busy time for us. We have now added all the buttons that were suggested from the research with carers of people with dementia. You can now find content on the website under the following buttons:

  • Looking after yourself
  • Daily life
  • Friends and Family
  • Working with others
  • Relationships
  • Understanding dementia
  • Preparing for the future

We have also added a tab for Local Services so that you can see all the services offered locally. 


Dementia Carer Book club

Another new development is the book club which you can access by clicking on flashing book at the top of the Looking after Yourself page. This houses reviews of books on dementia by carers and those working with them. If you have recently read a book on dementia and would like to contribute a review please do, or if you don't have a book let me know and I will send you one to review. 


New areas

We are currently adding local services in Bradford and York as well keeping up to date the local services in Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. If you know of any changes to services or new projects we need to include please do let me know. 

03rd June 2015 - FANCY A CUPPA, CAKE AND A CHAT?

Dementia the Challenge of our generation!


MONDAY 8TH JUNE, 10 – 12.15




This is a FREE open to all greet, meet and information event, presented by the Abbey Medical Group Patients Participation Group (PPG) to help promote and improve understanding of Dementia giving help and support to ALL about early diagnosis, treatment, support and advice available for patients and carers.

Other organisations will attend on the day, to provide information, support and advice to people around staying independent in their homes.

Interested? Contact Gilly 07816933429 or Jayne 01623 408978 for more information or to reserve tickets.

03rd June 2015 - A Life of My Own - Take a break at The Point.

Thursday mornings, 10.30 - 12 noon

From 11th June 2015

The Point, 16 South Parade, Doncaster, DN1 2DR (opposite the Regent Hotel)



Supporting a family member, friend or partner can be tough and getting time out for yourself to unwind isn't easy.  By joining our group you can meet other people who understand these pressures and unwind with some gentle creative activities created by our artists. They'll use music and stories to help you relax in a friendly atmosphere.


Bring along the person you support or come alone.


All sessions are free and we'll provide refreshments. 


No need to book, but if you'd like to know more please ring Amy on 01302 558041 or email

05th June 2015 - Carers week Open Day for carers & professionals

Thursday June 11th 

10am - 12pm

Carers' Resource

Unit 15 Park View Court


BD18 3DZ

Find out what is on offer for you or your clients. 

Integrated Carers Service: Carer support, Planning for Emergencies, Information

CReate: Information, advice and guidance on a wide range of learning and employment realted topics

Home from hospital

Care Service

Refreshments available

Tel: 01274 449660

08th June 2015 - Twiddlemuffs

Have you heard of Twiddlemuffs?
Twiddlemuffs are a knitted hand muff with interesting bits and bobs attached inside and out. Many patients with dementia have found the Twiddlemuff reassuring and comforting. 
If you would like further information about Twiddlemuffs, please contact: Danielle Woods 01274 383562
This muff pattern is perfect for using up left over and odd balls of wool. Different textures of wool are also good for stimulation. Needles: 6.5mm straight needles or 8mm circular. Beads, zips, ribbons, things that can be twiddled with but will not break and are not sharp to touch or brittle.
Cast on 40 stitches using 2 strands of double knitting wool. You can also use 1 strand of chunky wool. Work in stocking stitch (knit a line, purl a line) for 11 inches (28 cm).
Muff Body Continue with stocking stitch and use up any oddments of various textures of wool. For example chunky, mohair, snuggly, eskimo, ribbon and chenille. Knit unit work measures 23 inches (58.5 cm). Cast off.
Finishing and decoration
Neatly sew the long edges together with purl side facing you. Turn the muff inside out. Push the cuff up inside the muff body and neatly sew together the two short ends. Now is the time to decorate your Twiddlemuff. Here are a few things to consider: - Choose a good variety of decorations: beads, pastel colours, depending on whether the Twiddlemuff is a male or a female. Try to include at least six decorations on the outside and four on the inside. You can add more if you like. Make sure everything is sewn on tight so they cannot be pulled off and there are no loose threads. Include bits and bobs on the inside too. Agitated hands can then be soothed and kept warmed at the same time.
Twiddlemuffs Instructions
Well done and thank you for your support!

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11th June 2015 - Carers feedback event

Wednesday 15th July 2015 9.30-12

Rufford Suite, County Hall, West Bridgford,

Nottingham, NG2 7QP



Nottinghamshire County Council have conducted 3 consultation activities over the past couple of years on carers services these were Compass for carers of those with dementia, Pathways for carers of those at the end of life and Carers Hub an advice and information service including elements of training and consultation for all carers.At the time feedback was sent to those who attended however we would now like to update you on these services Compass and Pathways which have been assisting carers for some months now and Nottinghamshire Carers Hub which will start on the 1st August this year.


Book for the event on:


11th June 2015 - Healthwatch Nottingham

Question of the Month - ‘Have Your Say’ about local Home Care services 

Recently, people in Nottinghamshire have told us about the concerns they, or someone they care for, have about Home Care services. These have included issues with the quality of services, late or missed appointments and length of visits. 

Healthwatch Nottinghamshire now want to find out more about the care Nottinghamshire people are receiving at home. As part of our Question of the Month, we want to know what people like, or do not like, about their Home Care
Healthwatch Nottinghamshire’s Question of the Month for June is: 
Have you, or someone you know/care for, had a home visit from a home care provider in the past year? 
If you would like to answer our question of the month, please visit: 
Give us a call on: 0115 963 5179 or you can now text “QOTM” to 07537 416947

11th June 2015 - Are you looking after a family member with dementia at home?


A PhD health researcher at the University of Nottingham is looking for participants to take part in a study about quality of life and wellbeing. They are looking for people aged 60 years old or over, who are currently providing care for a family member with dementia. Participants will receive an anonymous questionnaire by post in a pre-paid envelope. 

For more information, or if you wish to take part in the study, please contact Deborah Oliveira on 07463 491670 or

15th June 2015 - Pride of place project

Help us create an exhibition about Bradford 11th June - 11th July

Please bring along your Bradford themed creations in any medium from photography, painting, drawing, and sculpture to writing, knitting and jewellery. The exhibition will grow daily due to your contributions. 

Fuse artspace 7 Rawson Place Bradford BD1 3JP (behind Wilkos and just across the road from the Oastler Market).

23rd June 2015 - Barnsley Carers Grant 2015-16

We are inviting applications for the carers grant for 2015-16. As in previous years £52000 has been made available to help improve the life of carers across the Borough, through either group activities or by providing individual carers with support.

Applications for the grant  are welcome from organisations, community groups and individual carers, and can be made at any time up to November  13th 2015. Applications will be assessed by a panel of carers  who will be meeting in August and November this year.


If you would like any further information or advice on the grant please contact the Volunteering and Engagement Team on 773014 or e-mail us at


19th August 2015 - Talking Points: Caring for Carers

There are over 33,000 carers living in Doncaster. Caring for those in need is a major contribution towards health and social care in the borough, and without the help of these compassionate people, services would struggle to deliver the same level of care currently provided.

Without help and support, carers can find themselve

Working together, NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group and Doncaster Council want to understand how they can better support carers in the borough, allowing them to do what they do best – care.

The questionnaire, which is just three questions, can be answered by everyone in the town. Your ideas and experiences will directly impact how future services are commissioned and developed.

Care for carers in Doncaster and take the survey

You can also watch this short video here:

19th August 2015 - Uplift Coffee Cafe Choir

Can't Sing/Won't sing!

This is the choir for you!

1-3pm every Tuesday from 1st September 2015 St. Paul’s Church, Old Town All ages and abilities welcome!

For more information please contact Paul Newman (Project Leader) on 07707 743 618 or Creative Recovery on 01226 320147    Twitter:  @UPLIFTBarnsley    Facebook:  Creative Recovery

07th September 2015 - Cultural Dementia City

Sheffield Theatres and Sheffield City Hall 9th September 11am - 7pm 

Buy tickets here

This event will be an opportunity for people living with Dementia and their carers, as well as the General public to see the how companies and individuals are coming together to support people living with Dementia.  The event will showcase the creative side of Dementia with a rolling mic, sharing understanding through dementia friends sessions and encouraging connections through a tea dance.

This event also gives local businesses a chance to raise their staff awareness with Free Dementia Friends Sessions.

So come along and let's make Sheffield Dementia Friendly!



07th September 2015 - Carers Garden Party

September 20th 2015 11am - 3pm

Find us behind the Metrodome straight over the roundabout. Follow the road to the right into car park 4. We are on the left. 

07th September 2015 - Join in Barnsley Eye Awareness Day

The Barnsley sensory impairment service is marking National Eye Health week with a special awareness event.


We’re teaming up with our friends from local eye health specialists, sight loss charities and equipment companies to raise awareness of how and why to look after your eyes and what support is available in the area to those with sight loss. Questions such as: “How can you keep your eyes healthy? Why should you have your eyes tested?” and many more can be answered at the event.


When: Wednesday 23rd September 2015     Time: 10am to 2pm

Where: Better Barnsley shop (old HMV), Cheapside, Barnsley Town Centre


Why not pop down and see how we can help you!

07th September 2015 - National Dementia Carers Day 13th September

It is National Dementia Carer Day on the 13th September. 

Find out more here

08th September 2015 - Autumn newsletter

New videos

During the Summer we have been busy filming in Bradford and over the next month we will be adding around 90 new video clips. The clips have experiences from different communities in Bradford and include subjects such as: Finding Daycare for my Polish mum, Going to Temple, VAT relief on building work, Carers Resource, and How friends can help. 

New areas

As well as the new videos we now have Local Services on the site from Bradford and York. This includes a full list of public conveniences in York, handy if you are planning a day out!

We also hope to have some clips from the Yorkshire Film Archive on the site in the not too distant future. 


DementiaCarer book club

If you fancy doing a review for the Dementiacarer Book Club please do let me know. There are lots of books about dementia out there and we would like to be able some reviews to help carers find the right one for them!



Finally you might notice changes to the site as we update some of the areas over the next few weeks. If there is an area that you particularly like or that doesn't work for you please do let us know and we will review it. 

14th September 2015 - Dementia Services in Nottinghamshire: Consultation with Carers


Dementia is a key priority within Nottinghamshire’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy and is a condition that crosses health, social care, voluntary sector and other boundaries. It is particularly relevant for the population of Nottinghamshire which has an increasing proportion of older people who may be at risk. It is also important to acknowledge the immense and invaluable role that carers play in supporti


The Health & Well-being Board is planning a stakeholder event which will focus on dementia. This will aim to inform a Nottinghamshire-wide plan for the Health & Wellbeing Board and its partners.  This will provide a local focus to address the recommendations in the Prime Minister’s Challenge 2020 (link below) which sets out new recommendations for improving care for people with dementia and carers.

We are seeking the views of resident carers to inform and influence the work of the Council, the local NHS and 3rd sector, which will be discussed at the stakeholder event in the autumn.

The 3 questions we would like to ask you are:

In your experience of the NHS and Social Care in Nottinghamshire (not the city of Nottingham),

1. What’s working for people with dementia and their carers?

2. What’s not working for people with dementia and their carers?

3. How can we improve?



Please contact Gill Oliver or Penny Spice before 6 November 2015


Thank you.

23rd September 2015 - Bradford Memory Walk

The Bradford Memory Walk is in Lister Park, Manningham on Sunday 27th September from 11am to 3pm. 

To register email or call 01274 586008 or register on the day from 10am. 

12th October 2015 - Feel good choir

We’ve launched a new choir and we’re looking for people who enjoy singing for fun to join it!

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) has launched the Feel Good Choir – and you don’t even have to be a good singer to join!

The choir is about fun and singing is a proven stress buster.

Lawson Pater, Chairman of RDaSH and choir member, said: “Whether you’re a Foundation Trust member, a current or retired member of staff, are related to a member of our staff, a user of our services or you volunteer with us, if you like singing come and join our choir.

“Even if you’ve been told you can’t sing – we’d love you to join us. Our choir is about singing for fun,” he added.

The choir has a new leader, Janet Wood, and they will be meeting for just a hour, in the Chapel Hall at Tickhill Road Hospital, off Weston Road, Balby, Doncaster on October 12, October 19 and November 2 at 5.15pm.

So if you love singing, why not give it a go! Simply turn up to the practice sessions.

Got a question? Take a look at our Q&As here….

Choir questions and answers

Any other questions? Call June Rutherford on 01302 796165 or email

How to find us – Map of Tickhill Road Hospital

The chapel is building 16

12th October 2015 - BIADS Autumn fair

Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support

Autumn Fair

With a Christmas




BIADS’ Dementia Support Centre

Joseph Exley House

Dean Street



Saturday 17th October 2015


10.30am - 2.00pm


Come and join the fun, browse the stalls, do some Christmas shopping, enjoy a

 cuppa and a hot dog and much much more ……


12th October 2015 - Radford Care Group: INFORMATION PROGRAMME FOR CARERS OF PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA Monday Morning 10.30am – 12.30pm 2nd November – 14th December. 2015

Information Programme for carers of people with dementia which commences on Monday 2nd November between 10.30 am – 12.30pm.  The seven weekly sessions will take place at Castle Cavendish Works, Dorking Road, Radford. NG7 5PN



The programme consists of seven, two hour weekly sessions, covering a different aspect of dementia at each session. The groups are facilitated by specialists in dementia group work and will consist of about 10 carers.  Help with respite services and transport may be available. The carers are asked to contribute £2.50 per session towards refreshments.

14th October 2015 - Dementia Friendly Tea dances at Sheffield theatres

Come along to the Tea Dances on Tuesday 17th November, 29th December, 12 January, 9th February and 8th March from 1.30pm-3.30pm. 

Places are free although booking is recommended. Please visit the theatre box office, call 0114 249 6000 or book online at

23rd October 2015 - Dementia Stakeholder event – how we can work together to improve dementia care in Nottinghamshire – Tuesday 24th November 2015  

Dementia is a key priority within the Health and Wellbeing Strategy and is a topic that crosses health, social care, voluntary sector and other boundaries.  It is particularly relevant for the population of Nottinghamshire which has an increasing proportion of older people who may be at risk.

The event will focus on dementia and will aim to inform a county wide framework for action for the Health & Wellbeing Board and its partners.  This will provide a local focus to address the recommendations in the Prime Minister’s Challenge 2020 (link below) which calls for a new set of actions.


We will have table discussions to discuss specific issues; these are listed on the agenda.  Members of the Board and I will be there to hear your views and ideas about how we can work together in the future.


The event will take place in the Assembly Room at County Hall.  Light refreshments will be available from 6pm.  A draft programme for the event is attached.


You can book places online through:


or by contacting Julia Thornborough ( or by returning the reply slip attached to Julia at the address below.


Please respond by 2nd November to register for the event.


Invitations are being sent out to organisations which are currently part of the Stakeholder Network. 


Presentations and a summary of previous events are available on the Nottinghamshire County Council website:




17th November 2015 - Mansfield Museum Memory Cafe for people living with dementia, their families and carers

Wedenesday 20th January 3-4pm. 

Mansfied Museum, Leeming Street, Mansfield. NG18 1NG

For more information contect Sally Evans on: 01623 463088

Our Memory Café uses our reminiscence loans boxes to offer activities on a different theme every month. There are also games available for our users and activities like word-searches and colouring. We offer tea, coffee, soft drinks and cakes and biscuits, on proper china tea sets to make it into a treat for our visitors. It’s a very informal atmosphere, the activities and reminiscence are available for those who want to engage with them and there are volunteers on hand to chat to people who just want some social interaction. 

24th November 2015 - Christmas newsletter!

So, it has been 18months since we launched! 

In that time nearly 12,000 people have visited the site, many for more than one time. Each person stays an average of 3 minutes unless they are from one of the areas where local services are included. For those areas the average stay is much longer at around 4.5 minutes. 

In other news we now have Local Services from Bradford and York included. We have taken this opportunity to revamp the Local Services section. We have added buttons for Dementia support and groups, and Carers' support and groups, and made a Quick Links section so you can get to the service detail more quickly. Let us know what you think. 


Other new content includes more videos from Bradford including some on looking after someone with diabetes who is living with dementia. We have shared these with the All Party Parliamentary Group on dementia and co-morbidities. 


We are currently reviewing the Local Services for South Yorkshire so please let us know if any changes are needed. 

 Season's Greetings from

Sharon, Tom, Jade and Ben. 




14th December 2015 - New blogspot in IDEA mentions the work of in Nottinghamshire

You can find a link to the blogspot here

04th January 2016 - Butterflies Dementia Care Support Group


King Street Community Centre

King Street, Barnsley S70 1JU

Tuesday Lunch C;lub

12.00 noon to 2.00 pm (alternate weeks)

A hot meal, pudding and a drink



Thursday Support Group

2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

An informal group meeting every week giving carers

a break, whilst their loved ones are also looked

after by trained workers



Friday Tea Dance

1.30 pm to 4.00 pm (alternate weeks)

Join us for afternoon tea and dancing,





For more details please ring 07545 815513

or email



19th January 2016 - NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Patient and Public Engagement Workshop – Our Commissioning Plans


NHS Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have arranged a workshop to introduce and discuss the work that we are carrying out to take forwards our commissioning plans within Barnsley for over the next year and beyond.


 The details of the workshop are as follows;


Date: Friday 12 February 2016

Venue: The Core, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW

Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm  


The event is aimed primarily at patients and members of the public who would like to gain a wider knowledge and understanding of our commissioning plans and to take part in workshop discussions to share their views and experiences to help us to shape these.


We will be running a series of these type of events throughout the forthcoming year and all of the information shared will be captured and fed back to help shape these plans for Barnsley. 


So we know how many people to expect at this workshop, prior registration for attendance is required. Please confirm your attendance by calling us on 01226 433721 


We hope that you will be able to join us 



Saturday Morning 10.30am  –  12.30pm

20th February – 9th April 2016









20th February

Introduction to dementia



27th February

Understanding the experience of dementia



5th March

Understanding the changes in communication and behaviour





12th March

Being a carer and looking after yourself




19th March



Understanding the assessment process. 

Moving on – accepting help, sharing the care, respite and long term care

A look at local services





2nd April


Health issues – Infection control. Continence care.

(Guest speakers from the specialist nursing team)





9th April


Welfare benefits - (Guest speaker).

The legal implications of caring for someone with dementia. 



All the sessions will be held at Radford Care Group Prospect Street Radford Nottingham NG7 5QE

Free parking is available


For further enquiries, please call   0115 9786133. 


A charge of £2.50 per session will be made to cover the cost of refreshments.


25th January 2016 - Carer Sponsorship to attend training (December 2015 to March 2016)


We have obtained funding for a limited period only to sponsor unpaid carers to undertake training or development activities. 

  • Sponsorship is only available to people who care for a resident of Nottinghamshire County (not including Nottingham City)
  • You can request sponsorship to support you in attending any training or development activity that relates to your role as an unpaid carer.  For example, this could mean a formal training course but it could also be attendance at a conference, access to an e-learning activity/website, or purchase of a relevant book.
  • You will need to make your own arrangements for training activities and we will support you with the costs of this.
  • You can apply for support with training/event costs, transport costs to attend training, or payment for short term care/sitting service to enable you to attend training.
  • We will normally require 10 working days to process this application. We will usually make payment after you have attended an event. If your application is successful, we will confirm payment arrangements with you. We will usually ask you to send us an invoice or receipt for services.

If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact Tina Clogg at Nottinghamshire County Council. 


Tina Clogg


Business Administration – Joint Commissioning

Nottinghamshire County Council

County Hall

Loughborough Road
West Bridgford


You are responsible for arranging activities. If you would like advice or information about training or support available to you as a carer, please contact Nottinghamshire Carers Hub

Call:    0115 824 8824 (lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am until 5pm)


25th January 2016 - Coping with stress as a carer

If you are a carer or know somone who is, why not pop in for a cuppa and a chat, you will be most welcome!

Wednesday 3rd February between 10am and noon at:

DIAL Doncaster

Unit 9

Shaw Wood Business Park


22nd February 2016 - My Music Oasis Workshop

 Are you an unpaid carer for a friend or family member?


A FREE, fun and interactive workshop looking at the power of music and how you can use music to empower your health and enrich your life.


Date: 7th March 2016

Time: 1pm – 4pm

Venue: Newark & Sherwood CVS, 67 Northgate, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1HD


“My Music Oasis” is a workshop designed for people caring for others which recognises and celebrates the vital role that carers play in supporting others, often at a significant cost to themselves. It provides an opportunity to meet other carers and socialise whilst creating your own personalised playlist.


Participants will receive a FREE toolkit to keep and use.

Music has been shown to ease physical discomfort and pain, ease emotional distress, promote spiritual awareness, aid relaxation, enhance relationships, improve quality of life, support life review and bring joy and positivity.


Places are limited to 12 participants per workshop. To be eligible for a FREE place, carers must be registered with a GP practice in Nottinghamshire. Facilities for the cared for person are not available at the workshop but replacement care costs will be refunded.


To book a place or would like more information please contact JoCo Learning & Development on:-


Tele: 07955 016377



14th March 2016 - Spring Newsletter

As the daffodils come out and the days become longer we are celebrating the 2 year anniversary of

In that time 13,000 individual users have been on the site, many of them coming back again and again. Most of these have been in areas where we recorded the videos with carers and where Local Services are listed. Others however have been from much further afield!

The most popular video on the site has been Teabags in the fridge, closely followed by the carer video on Coping with your own stress which has been viewed over 200 times. All the 250 videos on the site have been viewed at least once. 

Recently NHS Choices have included some of the videos in their section on Looking after someone with dementia ( and there are many other links to the site from GP practices, hospitals, care homes and other websites. 

We continue to develop the website. Recently we have made changes to the Local Services section to make that easier to navigate. We are very proud of our commitment to keeping the Local Services up to date so it is important that this is also easy to use. 

Next is to set up a log-in section for professionals so that they can store videos, Useful Ideas and Local Services in one area and access them easily. This need arose on one of the training courses we have been doing with professionals - another new development!

We are also considering changing the format of the Useful Ideas sections so that the useful content therein is more easily accessed. What do you think?

We continue to receive calls from new areas, both from people looking for their Local Services and from professionals wanting to share their services. It is good to see the word spreading! 


As always if you have any feedback on the site please do let us know.


Sharon, Tom and Jade.


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23rd March 2016 - Make 2016 a Year to Remember for Someone! INAUGURAL DONCASTER DEMENTIA AWARDS

Welcome to the inaugural Doncaster Dementia Awards!


2016 is the year that the Dementia Partnership will introduce the first ever local Dementia Awards. 


We are seeking to recognise through the Award the contributions by individuals and organisations to help Donca

The Awards are about celebrating those people, groups and organisations that often don’t get the recognition they deserve but play a huge role in making Doncaster Dementia Friendly but we can’t do any of this without your help. 


We need you to let us know about those individuals and groups/organisations that deserve that little bit of extra recognition.  Or, if you are involved with something which helps raise the profile of Dementia in Doncaster and would benefit from a wider audience, why not put yourself forward and raise awareness of the good work you are doing?


There are two Doncaster Dementia Awards 2016 categories:


• Contribution from an Individual


  •  Contribution from a Group or Organisation


Award candidates can nominate  themselves or have their name put forward by another person, be it a family member, friend, colleague or just someone who wants the good work of others to be honoured and we want to hear about them. 


You can nominate more than one individual and/or group/organisation within each of the categories. 


The Judging Panel will select a ‘Winner’ and up to two ‘Highly Commended’ in each category, depending on the number of entries received. 


The ‘Winners’ will receive a trophy and those who are ‘Highly Commended’, a framed Certificate.


Nominating someone or an organisation couldn’t be easier! Simply read the nomination criteria and then download or print off a copy of the entry form, indicating clearly in which category you would like to make a nomination.


Applications can be made in three ways:


Online - by  using the following link: or  


Email:  returning the completing Nomination Form via email to :  or Michele Clarke email: 


By Post: to Roy Barnes, Commissioning Team;  Adults, Health and Wellbeing Directorate; Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU



The closing date for entries is Friday 15th April 2016 at 5pm.



Nomination Criteria


1)      All organisations/individuals nominated for an Award MUST operate specifically within the

Doncaster area.



2)      Please provide a logo of your organisation (if applicable), a photo of a recent event relevant to your organisation/group/charity to illustrate what it does, or a photo of the individual

you are nominating.  These photos and logos will be used in the awards ceremony and possibly local media. By submitting such images, you give Doncaster Council and Doncaster NHS CCG express permission for the images to be used as outlined, on behalf of the local Dementia Partnership.



3)      We are working with students at Doncaster College to prepare a film that was shown at the awards ceremony which will be part of the Dementia Celebration event to be held on Thursday 19th May 2016.  The film will feature people who had made nominations talking about the people and organisations they had nominated and why they felt they should win in their particular

category. Those whose nominations reach the shortlist will potentially be invited to record in a short film clip at Doncaster College.  Further details will be issued in due course.



4)      All Award winners agree to have their photos used in local media and across the Doncaster Dementia Partnership’s social media platforms, namely Facebook and Twitter.

04th April 2016 - Opportunity for carers in Sheffield to take part in a group discussion or personal interview about support for carers of people with dementia

tide....'together in dementia everyday' (a unique national carers involvement network) is currently looking for carers and former carers of people with dementia in Sheffield to participate in a University project to evaluate support for carers of people with dementia.If you are interested in helping design a better way of evaluating support and would like to talk about the things

Background to 'tide', a unique new network for carers and former carers of people with dementia

tide....together in dementia everyday is a new, exciting and unique national carers involvement network, hosted by Life Story Network CIC.  tide was initially set up with the support and funding from the Department of Health and recognises that family carers and former carers of people with dementia are experts by experience, experts that can play a significant role in supporting other carers, influence policy and shape improved responsive local commissioned services.

You can join us by using the following link: 

or call 0151 237 2669


Wednesday afternoon 3.30pm  –  5.30pm

4th May – 15th June 2016









4th May

Introduction to dementia



11th May

Understanding the experience of dementia



18th May

Understanding the changes in communication and behaviour





25th May

Being a carer and looking after yourself




1st June



Understanding the assessment process. 

Moving on – accepting help, sharing the care, respite and long term care

A look at local services





8th June


Health issues – Infection control. Continence care.

(Guest speakers from the specialist nursing team)





15th June


Welfare benefits - (Guest speaker).

The legal implications of caring for someone with dementia. 



All the sessions will be held at Radford Care Group Prospect Street Radford Nottingham NG7 5QE

Free parking is available


For further enquiries or to book a place please call   0115 9786133. 


A charge of £2.50 per session will be made to cover the cost of refreshments.



15th April 2016 - Are we there yet?

The 'Getting there' Dementia strategy one year on. 

17th May 10am - 3pm

Doncaster College, The Hub. 

15th April 2016 - Dementia Awareness week Tea Dance for people living with dementia

Live music from Lost Chord

Cream Tea


Places are limited. To claim your free ticket please call: 01226 296301

Thursday 19th May 1.15pm to 3.15pm

Priory Campus,

Pontefract Road


S71 5PN



15th April 2016 - Feeling down or anxious? If so, why not attend one of our FREE courses aimed at improving your wellbeing?

Mindfulness Course

Tuesday evenings 6-8.30pm

for 5 weeks starting

Tuesday 26th April 2016

at Northern College

Chocolate Making Course

Thursday afternoons 1-3pm

for 5 weeks starting

Thursday 28th April 2016

at Roundhouse Lifelong

Learning Centre

To book a place please contact Caroline Lees on

01226 776000 or email at

04th May 2016 - Barnsley Carers' survey 2016

Please follow the link to give your views.


12th May 2016 - Dementia technology expo

Thursday 19th May

1pm - 4pm

Concert Room at The Trades Club, Doncaster Frenchgate Centre

Free refreshments


Drop in throughout the afternoon. You will have the opportunity to find out how new advances in technology can help people with Dementia to live well and be safer in their own homes. Information and advice will also be available on Telecare.

20th June 2016 - Free workshops



Available for a variety of common mental health and well-being concerns



For more information, or to book your place:


Call 01226 644900



All Workshops are held at The Core, County Way, Barnsley S70 2JW

21st June 2016 - Summer newsletter

So the sun is finally out and we can start to look forward to spending time outside at last! 


Here at we have spent the winter working on the site and specifically adding in two new buttons. 

The first of these is: Caring from a distance in the My Relationship section of the site. This came about in repsonse to the large number of carers, particularly sons and daughters who are in this situation. In this section we have videos from carers in this situation as well as links to resources to help. 

The second new button we have added is: Dementia Friendly Communities in the Friends and Family area of the site. This has links to all the Dementia Friendly organisations in the local areas. We are inputting these links currently. 

We are also changing the way we update the local services. From now on organisations will receive an email from the site asking them to check details. This will hopefully make the process much quicker. Let us know what you think!

In other developments we are continuing to develop the Professional login area. Please do let us have any feedback on this. 

Happy summer to you all.


Sharon,Tom and Jade

28th June 2016 - Dementia Workshop for carers of people with Dementia

Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016

Start time: The workshop covers health, communication, reducing stress, managing different behaviours and preparing for a hospital stay.

30th June 2016 - Have you say: Carer's strategy

The government are consulting on a new Carer's Strategy. Have your say here:


11th July 2016 - Doncaster Memory Walk

12th August at 10am.

Distances of 2km to 6km.

Register today!

Tickets £1.50


Call: 07534788933 to register, volunteer to help, for information or sponsorship. 

13th September 2016 - Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support

If you are affected by dementia or if you have an interest in dementia come to our Open House and find out more about BIADS and our work.

 Date: Wednesday 5th October

 Time: 10.30am to 3pm

 Venue: BIADS’ Centre, Joseph Exley House, Dean Street,Barnsley. S70 6EX

 Come along if:

  • you are caring for someone who has dementia and you want to meet people in the same position as you
  • you have dementia
  • you work with people affected by dementia
  • you want to see how you can help people affected by dementia


What we will have taking place

  • See our activities at first hand and join in if you wish
  • Visit our multi sensory room which will be officially opened at noon
  • Talk to our carer support staff to find out how they can support those caring for someone with dementia
  • Find out if we have any volunteering opportunities that would suit you
  • Light refreshments will available throughout the day
  • A free raffle

13th September 2016 - Newark and Sherwood Dementia Information Service

Are you a carer or a person living with dementia in Newark and Sherwood? Have you heard of the Dementia Information Service based at Newark and Sherwood CVS?

The service supports people with Dementia (or Memory problems they do not need a formal diagnosis) and their carers, friends and relatives to get relevant information when they need it.
We speak to people over the telephone to discuss their needs, signpost and refer to other relevant services, and send out information on all aspects of memory problems, be it understanding their diagnosis or the more practical aspects of day to day living with memory problems.
Any agency or individual can refer to the Dementia Information Service, (including self referrals). If you would like to refer to the service please contact Amy on 01636 679539 or email If you would like any more information please feel free to contact me. My usual working days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday.

20th September 2016 - Autumn newsletter

As the leaves start to fall and Christmas approaches now seems a good time to reflect on the changes to over the last year and to look at future plans. 

Over the past year changes to the site have included:

  1. a new professional button in the profile preferences allowing professionals to access a list of the major organisations in their area providing services for carers and people with dementia; and the ability to print this so that they can pass it on;
  2. A greater focus across the site on what carers told us in the original research.

We also continue to update the Local Services section through emails which are sent out directly from the website. Please do respond if you receive them as this is important in keeping the information on the site up to date. 

Looking forward we will continue to update the site and to make changes in response to feedback. We also plan to develop some sections, adding more videos, in particular to those on Care Homes and End of Life Care. 

If you have any comments or suggestions please do get in touch. You might also want to have a peep at our Facebook page which is where we are sharing some useful ideas. 


Best wishes, Sharon, Tom and Jade. 

04th October 2016 - Sloppy slippers: a falls prevention initiative for older people

7th October  10: AM TO 2:PM

Launch Event 


Other events at:-

Cloughfields Centre 14th Oct

Rockingham 20th Oct

Jump WMC TBC Nov

Hoyland Common Salvation Army Citadel TBC Nov


24th October 2016 - Can you help Goldthorpe and the Dearne to be dementia friendly?

Come along to one of the free sessions to find out more about dementia along with learning to be a dementia friend and how to keep your loved one safe. 

Tuesday 25th October 

Goldthorpe Pentecostal Community Church


Wednesday 24th OCtober

The Factory (formerly Dearne Enterprise)


Wednesday 2nd November

The Salvation army Goldthorpe


Thursday 3rd Nov 

Goldthorpe Library


To confirm attendance contact Gemma Cobby on 07977512985 or

24th October 2016 - Emotional Resilience Sessions for Carers of Older People

Emotional Resilience enables us to bounce back from bad experiences, meet life’s challenges and live positive and fulfilling lives. Caring can be very stressful and demanding but you can find help to maintain your wellbeing.


Age UK Barnsley in partnership with Rotherham and Barnsley Mind will be delivering a series of five informal, informative and fun sessions to support carers of older people to develop the tools they need to stay positive and resilient.

Sessions will be held at Age UK Barnsley building on Queens Road Barnsley. They start on Friday 4th November from 9.30 am till 12.00 and then will be held weekly at the same time for four further weeks. Each session will cover a specific topic such as Managing Stress, Assertiveness, Problem Solving and Relaxation. There will be plenty of opportunities to chat, support each other, try some therapies and talk to people who can provide services that might help you with your caring role.

We may be able to offer some free day care sessions if the person you care for needs support while you are on the course. If you would like to attend, please contact Jane, Yvonne or Alison at Age UK Barnsley on 01226 776820

31st October 2016 - Carers' rights day

Friday 25 November 2016


BMBC plus Partners Event


Better Barnsley Shop (old HMV shop, Cheapside)


  •        Various Carer organisations will be having information stalls
  •        Free Refreshments inc Mince Pies
  •        Santa with presents
  •        Christmas Wish Tree
  •        Music
  •        Taster Therapy sessions
  •        Tombola
  •        Activities/Crafts for sale


Butterflies Group

Approx 1.15pm-3.30pm, King St Flats


  •        Raffle
  •        Bingo
  •        Refreshments/Cakes
  •        Rotary Choir (2.15-3.15)

(Please note limited seating, will be offered on a first come first served basis)

07th November 2016 - Do you care for or support a person with dementia in the Dearne area?

Our carer information and support programme offers information sessions in a group environment where carers can share experiences and identify local services.

Sessions start with an introductory meeting which will last approximately 2 hours this will give you an overview of the course content then followed by 4 workshops lasting up to 2 1/2 hours. 

 What is dementia?

 Providing support and care

 Legal and money matters

 Coping day to day and next steps

We will be holding programmes in the Dearne area during February and March 2017. If you are interested in the programme you can put your name on the waiting list by contacting Diane Hinchliffe at Alzheimer’s Society on 01226 296301.

07th November 2016 - Could you use the Mayor’s charity fund to help someone living with dementia?

Our Mayor, Cllr Linda Burgess is inviting people to apply for grants to be awarded from her chosen charity fund which has been building during the mayoral year.



As a cause close to her own heart and something that affects many lives, the Mayor chose to raise funds to benefit people living with and/ or affected by dementia. Grants up to maximum of £500 will be available and applications must meet the following eligibility criteria:

•             The funds must be to support an individual and/or groups of people who are living with dementia.

•             Show some creativity in improving the quality of life of people living with dementia.


Individuals, groups, charities, agencies, voluntary and independent organisations who are currently living and/or working in Barnsley, including residential and nursing care homes are all welcome to apply. It’s important that benefactors live in the Barnsley area.


The type of projects that will be considered will be those that:

•             Improved the quality of life for people living with dementia

•             Raise standards in care and support for people with dementia

•             Improve social inclusion

•             Increase participation and remaining active and involved

•             Raising community awareness and confidence in supporting people with dementia

•             Increasing emotional support and stimulation


You can get an application form by telephoning the Mayor’s Office on 01226 773804 or by emailing


All applications will be acknowledged within two weeks of receipt and will be reviewed; it may take up to eight weeks for a decision.

21st November 2016 - Carers' rights day

Looking after someone?
Know your rights as a carer and find out how to get the help and support you are entitled to by coming to one of our information sessions below on Friday, 25th November 2016

Mansfield Rd, Sutton-in-Ashfield Nottinghamshire. NG17 4JL

10.00 am – 2.00 pm

Wellington Place, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. NG16 3GB

10.30 am – 1.00 pm



Newcastle Street, Worksop, Nottinghamshire. S80 2AT

10.30 am – 1.30 pm


29th November 2016 - Annie Get your Gun

Dementia Friendly performance of Annie get your Gun on Wednesday 4th January 215pm.

If you would like to know more about dementia friendly performances call 0114 249 6000

Annie get your Gun dementia friendly singing sessions hosted by Lost Chord:

Monday 12th December 1 - 2pm; 3-4pm

Wednesday 14th December 11 - 12pm. 

To book a ticket call 0114 129 6000

01st December 2016 - Singing for memory at The Point

Please come to our friendly, fun and supportive singing sessions, especially designed for people living with dementia and their family and friends. Join musician Janet Wood and sing a variety of familiar and new songs in a relaxed and welcoming space.  No experience necessary and laughter and fun is guaranteed!


Sessions are £4 for each person and includes a free tea or coffee. Your first session is free!

Sessions run on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 23rd January 2017, 1.30 - 3.30pm.
To let us know you'd like to come please call Sophie on 01302 558043 or e-mail

10th January 2017 - FREE 3 Week Confidence & Motivation Course


Monday’s 9.30am – 3pm

Starting Monday 30th January 2017


Please contact Caroline Lees at Northern College on 01226 776000 or to request a place.




16th January 2017 - Do you care for or support a person with dementia in the Dearne area?

Our carer information and support programme offers information sessions in a group environment where carers can share experiences and identify local services.

Sessions start with an introductory meeting which will last approximately 2 hours this will give you an overview of the course content then followed by 4 workshops lasting up to 2 1/2 hours.
Location: The Factory, Barnburgh Lane, Goldthorpe, Rotherham S63 9PG
To book a place on this course please contact Diane Hinchliffe at Alzheimer’s Society Barnsley on 01226 296301.

09th February 2017 - Me time and ART

if you are a carer or suffering from isolation and any other issues come and join us. 

Free relaxing Art sessions every Wednesday starts on 15th February 2017. 


at The Core

County Way

Barnsley S75 2JW

please book in advance by contacting:

Roya on 07429028705 or

01226 320138



06th March 2017 -

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04th May 2017 - Including People with Dementia in Activities they Enjoy A free event for Community, Arts and Sports organisations in Bradford, Airedale and Wharfedale


Join us at

Carlisle Business Centre, 60 Carlisle Road, Bradford BD8 8BD and learn more on

Tuesday 16th  May 2017, between

9.30 - 12.30   OR   13.30 - 16.30

Lunch will be provided between 12.30—1


Click here to book a place:


Telephone: Kath Chappell on:  07803 115370




Dementia needn’t stop enjoyment, involvement and the ability to contribute.

This event will give your organisation the opportunity to hear about and discuss ways of fully involving members affected by dementia, including carers. We will discuss:

  •  What is dementia? An insight into how people with dementia may experience their world.
  •  How can we help your organisation? We will provide key information about support organisations and services available to people affected by dementia from Voluntary, Social Care and Health Services.
  •  What can I do to help? We will discuss practical support you could offer and changes to the environment you might be able to make, and how your organisation can be supported in these ambitions.


04th July 2017 - We are Makers

The ordinary will become extraordinary and through a culmination of experiences we aim for local older people to be celebrated, inspired and more connected to their neighbours, community and local services.

The diverse mix of skills, experience and knowledge is often overlooked in our older populations (from 50+). We want to showcase and celebrate this wealth in our city; discovering unheard stories, showing off forgotten skills and developing new connections




The walk to the GP will become a photography exhibition of local older gardeners, the supermarket will become an older musicians’ residence, and a local street will have a community blackboard pop up asking neighbours questions about their hopes and dreams.


We have 3 months to explore, test and evaluate the “We are Makers” concept. We will present our findings with aim to successfully receive funding for a further 12 months. We have chosen to focus on Burngreave during this time and hope to;


Find out who some of our older makers are and have a pop up exhibition telling their stories. Who are the active, helpful, energetic, supportive older people that help Burngreave tick?


Map out in the treasures and stars of the community for older communities. Is there a librarian that helps older people connect with others or a community centre that always opens its doors?


Run a public event that brings older people together to talk, eat and celebrate.  


Form a small group of older people that represent some of lesser heard voices in the community to inform on the above events, help form the potential programme for the next 12 months and ensure we are running a relevant and meaningful programme to reaches to the most isolated older people. These older people will be our educators.


Ultimately we want to bring people together, celebrate the diversity of the community, showcase what is already happening in the area and help to signpost these activities or groups to more older people.


If you can help in any way from signposting us to existing provision in Burngreave we can help advertise, to introducing us to a local older person that could be one of our educators please get in touch with or call 01142686813. Please see the call out for educators and makers attached.


This project is funded by Age Better Sheffield, managed by South Yorkshire Housing Association.