Week of events to launch City Dementia Strategy – City of York Council


A packed program of inspiring dementia-related activities was released to launch the city’s new dementia strategy.

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

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

The program offers a wide variety of events that reflect the key themes of the strategy: prevent well, diagnose well, support well, live well and die well.

These range from positive mental health to dementia care training; home technology to support the diagnosis of early onset dementia; support for families and caregivers, a theatrical workshop on dementia in the LGBT community, paper bird making and a group bike ride.

At venues such as 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 doctors GPs and specialist TEWV mental health providers.

The city walls will be lit up in purple to mark the week of events and the launch of ‘Dementia Together’.

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

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

“I urge anyone interested 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 in their treatment going forward.”

Siân Balsom, director 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 close the gaps that still exist, it’s a great time to celebrate what we have and make connections to ensure people can continue to shape what we have. develop for the future.”

Nikki Moses, Local Services Manager for Dementia Connect, said:

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

We have put together a full program of events, where you can also find booking details.

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