A week-long programme of inspiring dementia-related activities – supported by our Trust – is to be held to launch York’s new Dementia Strategy.
Any resident or organisation affected by, interested in or working with people living with dementia, is invited to take part in the events.
“We are delighted to support York’s strategy, which will transform dementia services and improve the lives of many thousands of people,” said TEWV chief executive Brent Kilmurray.
“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.”
Next week’s programme of activities will run from September 26-30 and has been organised by members of York’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 & Voices and Healthwatch.
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.”
The programme offers a wide variety of events designed to reflect the strategy’s key themes of ‘Preventing Well, Diagnosing Well, Supporting Well, Living Well and Dying Well’.
Events planned include dementia care training, a theatrical workshop on dementia in the LGBT community and a group bike ride.
There will also be detailed information sessions for residents, professionals and volunteers, as well as seminars with GPs and specialist mental health providers.
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 at City of York Council, 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.”
** The full programme and booking details can be found at: www.livewellyork.co.uk/dementia