Dementia support for Gateshead residents

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under News, On your estate.

The Gateshead Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) is making Gateshead more dementia friendly with a new online information page and a programme of Dementia Friends information sessions.

The DAA is made up of local charities, businesses, arts organisations, The Gateshead Housing Company, Gateshead Council and local churches, and aims to make Gateshead a place which is inclusive and understanding of people living with Dementia, their family, carers and friends.

The page can be viewed at www.OurGateshead.org/dementia and it is hoped that people in Gateshead will benefit from having a central place to find out about services.

Chair of the group Terry Yellowley, Age UK said: “The DAA have been working with OurGateshead to launch Gateshead’s first Dementia information page, which pulls together information about Dementia support, services and activities available around the borough. We are really excited about the launch of the webpage as we know people have often struggled to find out what support is out there in Gateshead“.

The launch coincides with Dementia Action Week (20 May – 26 May) when a whole week of Dementia Friends information sessions have been scheduled.

The sessions are run by volunteer Dementia Friends Champions, who are trained and supported by Alzheimer’s Society. The sessions, which last around an hour, will teach attendees more about Dementia and the small ways they can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with Dementia, every action counts.

To find out more about Dementia services available in Gateshead and for details of the Dementia Friends information sessions visit www.OurGateshead.org/dementia

View a full list of the Dementia Friends information sessions (pdf)