The county council’s Health and Adult Services is seeking people’s views on the best use of available investment in Dementia Support Services.

The county council is holding a market place event.

These services help those who are living with, or thought to be living with, dementia and their carers to stay well and independent in their local communities.

Next month the county council is holding a market place event about proposals for private, voluntary and community providers to deliver dementia support services in the future.

It has recently talked to people who use dementia support services and those who may use them in the future. The service at present supports any resident of North Yorkshire who either has a formal diagnosis of dementia or who is concerned about memory issues. It also supports carers. The key delivery areas for the services include:

  • A dementia signposting service for people living with dementia and their carers
  • Dedicated educational sessions to help people living with dementia, carers, community groups, providers and businesses to better understand the impacts of dementia and how these can be mitigated.
  • Working as a key strategic partner with the county council and the North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups to deliver the North Yorkshire Dementia Strategy.

County Councillor Caroline Dickinson, North Yorkshire’s executive member for public health, prevention and supported housing, said: “We know how highly valued these dementia support services and activities are and we plan to continue investing in this support, as it aligns with the core principles, priorities and outcomes of the ‘Bring Me Sunshine – Living Well With Dementia In North Yorkshire’ dementia strategy.

“To make sure we continue to make best use of the money available, we are continuing to engage with people living with dementia, their family and carers, as well as professionals working in health and social care to co-design a service which delivers the outcomes of the dementia strategy.

“Helping people living with dementia to stay well and independent in North Yorkshire is a key priority for the county council, and investment into these services represents only one element of what the Council is doing to support this ambition.”

The market place event will be on Thursday 13 September from 1.30pm to 3.30pm in The Grand Meeting Room, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Racecourse Lane, Northallerton, DL7 8AD. Places are limited, so booking is essential. For further information, please register organisation details on the YORtender (ProContract) system at https://procontract.due-north.com/Login

This story was published 13 August 2018