To mark one year on from the launch of ‘Bring Me Sunshine’, the dementia strategy for North Yorkshire, the County Council and its partners are holding a conference to showcase the progress being made towards supporting people to live well with dementia.

Dementia Action Week

Bring Me Sunshine is based on the experiences of people living with dementia, their carers and health and social care experts. It contains important messages about what matters to people living with dementia and sets out ambitions to improve the way our communities can be more dementia friendly and how services can better support those who live with dementia.

The conference is being held in the middle of Dementia Action Week (21-27 May), the Alzheimer’s Society national annual campaign. “Dementia Action Week was previously known as Dementia Awareness Week,” said Cllr Michael Harrison, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health Integration.

“The change of name reflects the fact that, whilst raising awareness and offering support is important, we must go further to create the change in communities that people with dementia want to see.

“We are calling on everyone to recognise that people affected by dementia have a right to be treated equally and live the lives they want – free from fear and prejudice. If we all take action and unite we can make this vision a reality for people living with dementia.” 

This call to action reflects the key themes, principles and priorities of Bring Me Sunshine. These  include:

  • challenging the stigma associated with dementia and raising awareness about it;
  • the importance of early diagnosis;
  • ensuring consistent care and support;
  • seeing the person, not the dementia;
  • supporting people living with a learning disability and dementia;
  • the value and importance of carers support; and
  • planning for the future and dying well.

At the conference guests will hear updates on the progress being made in dementia research, intergenerational dementia work, and the development of dementia friendly communities in North Yorkshire. A series of workshops will mix people living with dementia and carers with health and social care professionals so they can discuss key issues and start to develop solutions. 

During Dementia Action Week, North Yorkshire County Council and its partners will be joining the Alzheimer’s Society campaign and asking people to unite and take actions – large and small – that will make everyday life better for people affected by dementia. Whether this is taking the time to reach out to someone with dementia for a chat, or rallying the local community to clean up a park to make it more dementia-friendly – every action makes a difference.

Find out more about Dementia Action Week.

Download Bring Me Sunshine.

Local Dementia Support Services are delivered by Dementia Forward and Making Space across North Yorkshire, if you have would like any further information or advice, please contact Dementia Forward, 01765 645904, info@dementiaforward.org.uk or Making Space, 01723 371958, enquiries@makingspace.co.uk.

 

Dementia Action Week activities

 

15 and 16 May

Activity Time Location Cost
Alzheimer's Society Dementia Community Roadshow Bus 10am - 4pm Prospect Crescent, Harrogate Town Centre -

 

17 and 18 May

Activity Time Location Cost
Alzheimer's Society Dementia Community Roadshow Bus 10am - 4pm Parliament Street, York -

 

21 May

Activity Time Location Cost
Come and try supported swimming 10am - 11am Sports Village, Scarborough £4.75 & £3.50
Dementia Friends session 10am - 11am Cost Cutter, Dunnington, York -

 

22 May

Activity Time Location Cost
Dementia awareness information drop in 10am - 3pm Dyneley Barn, Dyneley Surgery, Skipton. Making Space Dementia Advisors and Dementia Friendly Co-ordinator will be available. -
Cycling with DAG and SRCCC5 3pm West Ayton & Forge Valley. Meet 11 Garth End Road. Charge for adapted bike
Sporting Memories 3pm - 4pm Sports Village, Scarborough Free
Boccia (indoor bowls) 4pm - 5.30pm Sports Village, Scarborough £3 to play
Police Surgery - Herbert Protocol   Skipton Tesco -
Information Stand   Barclays, Moment Banker, 1-3 Parliament Street, York. YO1 8SE. -

 

23 May

Activity Time Location Cost
Dementia Friendly Communities and Making Space drop in  10am - 12pm Skipton Library -
Sing Along Choir 10.30am - 12.30pm Bentham Library. Performance from people living with dementia and their carers. -
Singing for the Brain 1.30pm - 3pm Southcliff Methodist Church -
Dementia Friendly Access and Programme Focus Group 5pm - 7pm Skipton Town Hall. If you would like to attend contact Cara on 01756 706337 or cbeer-magoolagan@cravendc.gov.uk -
Dementia Friends Information Sessions and drop in All day Bentham Library. Sessions delivered by Pioneer Projects. Information available from Creative Carers Group. -
Dementia Friends Session All day Costcutter, Dunnington, York. -
Dementia Friends Information Sessions All day John Lewis, Vanguard, York. -

 

24 May

Activity Time Location Cost
Walking football 10am - 11am Sports Village, Scarborough £2 to play
Dementia friendly music and movement 10am - 11am Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough Free taster session
Heritage tour: Southcliff Gardens 10.30am Southcliff Gardens, Scarborough -
Dementia Friendly Communities and Making Space drop in 2.30pm - 5pm South Craven Community Library -
Fun cycle and picnic event with SRCCC 4.30pm Dalby Forest Charge for adapted bike
Forest charge £4
Information stand   Barclays, Moment Banker, 1-3 Parliament Street, York. YO1 8SE. -
Dementia Friends session with North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue   Kent Road, York -
Don't Leave Me Now - a play about dementia   Harrogate Please book here.

 

25 May

Activity Time Location Cost
Coffee and chat session. Age UK North Craven 11am - 12.30pm Community lounge, Limestone View, Lower Greenfoot, Settle -
Launch of Bentham Dementia Friendly Railway 12pm Bentham Train Station -
Heritage tour: Southcliff Gardens 2pm Southcliff Gardens, Scarborough -
Dementia Friendly Service 2pm Ripon Cathedral. Celebrating the power of poetry. -
Film: Singing in the Rain 2.45pm Stephen Joseph Theatre. 103 mins plus 20 min interval. £5 and carer goes free.
Think with your feet 4pm - 5pm Sports Village, Scarborough -
Dementia Friends Information Sessions   John Lewis, Vanguard, York -
Dementia Friends Session   Costcutter, Dunnington, York -

 

All week

Activity Time Location Cost
Information stands - Whitby Group Practice at Springvale; Whitby Coliseum; Whitby Leisure Centre; Whitby Library; Scarborough Hospital; Stephen Joseph Theatre; Skipton Tesco Free
Dementia Friends Information Sessions. Delivered by Pioneer Projects - Skipton Library; Settle Library; Bentham Library; Crosshills Library Free
Artwork Exhibition by individuals living with dementia who attend the Creative Respite Day Centre in Settle. - Bentham Community Library -

 

 

 

 

This story was published 11 May 2018