“It is estimated that there are over seven thousand people living with dementia in Sheffield” (Sheffield CCG)
People Keeping Well is a network of community organisations forming 16 partnerships across the city, funded through Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group. This network is all about connecting people to a range of local services to improve their general health and well being, with a significant focus on supporting people living with Dementia.
Reach South Sheffield is the lead organisation working in the partnership area encompassing Lowedges, Batemoor, Jordanthorpe, Bradway, Greenhill and Beauchief, and is committed to making this area Dementia Friendly. We raise awareness of Dementia through local training and education, supported by Alzheimer’s Society and the Dementia Alliance, and adapt existing services to make them accessible to people living with Dementia, as well as starting up new Dementia Friendly services and activities.
- We are currently running a Dementia Cafe at the Greenhill Methodist Church on the second Tuesday of every month, to offer a safe and informative space for people living with Dementia and their carers.
- A new Dementia Cafe at the Newfield Green Library on Wednesdays.
- A support group for carers of people living with Dementia.
- An information and advice service.
Dementia Friendly Training
Our Dementia Friendly Community Coordinator, Rachel Gozzard, arranges Dementia Friends Sessions across Lowedges, Batemoor, Jordanthorpe, Bradway, Greenhill and Beauchief in which you can become a “Dementia Friend”, an initiative set up by Alzheimer’s Society. The sessions aim to help people understand what it is like to live with Dementia and the actions we can take to help people living with Dementia. Those who attend will learn how Dementia affects the brain and about the difficulties and obstacles that people with Dementia encounter every day, with the aim of people applying this knowledge practically to adjust their services and activities, often in only a small way, to help people.
Dementia Friendly Training includes three 2 hour interactive and experiential training sessions, Bronze, Silver and Gold. These 3 sessions allow people to learn at their own pace and are graded as Bronze, Silver and Gold to reflect the more complex content as the sessions progress. For more information visit the Dementia Friends website http://www.dementiafriends.org.uk.