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Week of events to launch city's Dementia Strategy

Published Wednesday, 21 September 2022

A packed programme of inspiring dementia-related activities has been published to launch the city’s new Dementia Strategy.

Any resident or organisation affected by, interested in or working with people living with dementia is warmly welcomed to join in the week of events.

The activities, information events, training sessions and a performance are being run from 26-30 September by members of the city’s dementia partnership to mark the publication of ‘Dementia Together’. The partnership includes the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia Forward, York Health and Care Partnership, York Minds and Voices, and Healthwatch.

The programme offers a wide variety of events which reflect the strategy’s key themes of Preventing Well, Diagnosing Well, Supporting Well, Living Well and Dying Well.

These range from addressing positive mental health to dementia care training; home technology to support for young-onset dementia diagnosis; support for families and carers, a theatrical workshop on dementia in the LGBT community, to making paper birds and a group bike ride.

At venues including the Priory Street Centre, Acomb Garth Community Care Centre, Marjorie Waite Court and New Earswick Folk Hall, there will be sessions for residents, professionals and volunteers, as well as seminars with GPs, and specialist mental health providers TEWV.

The City Walls will be lit up purple to mark the week of events and the launch of ‘Dementia Together’.

Cllr Carol Runciman, Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said:

This excellent programme has been put together by a strong partnership committed to providing the best support for those living with dementia, their carers and families.

“I’d urge anyone with an interest in dementia to come along: learn more, try new things and see what support there is.”

Brent Kilmurray, Chief Executive of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV), said:

We are delighted to support York’s new Dementia Strategy, which will transform dementia services in the city and help improve the lives of many thousands of people.

“The strategy has been shaped by listening to people with lived experience, as well as their families, carers and support groups – giving them a real say on their treatment in the future.”

Siân Balsom, Manager of Healthwatch York, said:

We are delighted to be part of these events, highlighting the wide range of activities, learning opportunities and support available for people with dementia and those who care for them.

“With a strategy in place, and an action plan to address the gaps that still exist, it's a great moment to celebrate what we have, and build connections to make sure people can continue to shape what we develop for the future."

Nikki Moses, Dementia Connect Local Services Manager, said:

The Alzheimer’s Society is delighted to have been part of the development of the strategy led by City of York Council, which has the potential to make a real difference to the lives of the estimated 2,890 people living with dementia in York, as well as their families.

We've put together a full programme of events, where you can also find booking details.