There are a range of groups and organisations that can help if you or someone you are caring for has dementia. They can be found here.
Here is an overview of what the groups are offering during the COVID-19 period:
Dementia Forward – have a helpline (03300 578592) operating Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm as well as dementia support workers available to give information, advice and support both practical and emotional. Support in accessing health and social care. Dementia Forward also have a dementia specialist nurse as part of the team.
York CVS/York Dementia Action Alliance - offering practical support and guidance to people who are self-isolating or struggling at this time. If you require support to get food or prescriptions you can contact this number. Weekly welfare check in calls can also be arranged by contacting the team at York CVS.
York Carers Centre - operating their usual service for carers on the phones during our opening hours, offering support and advice. If you need help, support or someone to talk to, please get in touch on 01904 715 490. They will be able to directly support you or signpost you to the most appropriate service to help you.
Age UK York - are continuing to support people through delivering their key services and providing support by phone. Their phone lines on 01904 634061 are open as usual from 9.30 am to 3pm.
York Minds and Voices – are offering weekly ZOOM meet ups for people with dementia for company, fun and peer support. – Mondays 10.15-11.15am
Innovations in Dementia – are providing Volunteer Guides and checklists. Please also see their videos further down this webpage.
OCAY - offer free advocacy support for older people with dementia. ‘Free, confidential advocacy support for older people living with dementia. They can help with issues such as power of attorney, advanced statements, welfare benefits, pensions, accessing health and social care services and complaints. They can also help people to challenge decisions and provide support at meetings and appointments. They are happy to take referrals from other organisations or people can contact us directly. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 01904 676200 or 07715099493
Jessa Liversidge - is offering Singing For All Live on You tube. An hour of singalong songs suitable for all. Mondays and Tuesdays at 11 and Wednesdays at 7pm. Well known songs, with words provided on screen during the session.
Jessa's Community Singers Online - - an uplifting hour of community choir singing, mainly simple folky or pop tunes, sing the melody or simple harmonies, and enjoy connecting with and seeing others on your screen - Fridays at 11. All the sessions are run on a pay as you feel basis, full details, joining invites and other info from Jessa by email on email@example.com
Singing For All @ York Music Hub - Suitable for all the family, this shorter singing session will include a few easy songs to sing along to and some fun warm ups. Free to access on the York Music Hub you tube channel
Younger People affected by dementia are being offered the chance to access a new Virtual Group run by Alzheimer’s Society in York. During COVID 19 those people living with, or caring for, someone with dementia have found it particularly hard during lockdown. We have adapted many of our face to face services to virtual and telephone based services in response to the impact of Coronavirus to try and ensure that those hardest hit still have the opportunity to speak and see others during this challenging time.
The Alzheimer’s Society’s virtual group is for Younger People with Dementia and starts on Friday 26th June 10am-11am. The Group is called “Desert Island Discs” and will be focussed on music of the 60’s onwards, participants can request songs that they enjoy to bring back memories from their youth. The group will also have a chat about the music, pop/rock concerts they have been to, festivals or why the music is special to them. Music, as we all know, is a wonderful way to take a trip into the past and evokes memories for all of us for many different reasons. This group will enable Younger People with Dementia to come together in a positive and fun way through music.
For more information on the new Desert Island Discs Group or any other virtual services such as Singing for the Brain, Stretch and Quiz, Reading Group or Carers Information and Support Programme please call York Alzheimer’s Society on 01904 929444 or email York2@alzheimers.org.uk.
York City Football Club are continuing with their weekly sporting memories session to tackle dementia, depression and loneliness through the power of sport.
The sessions are held using the online platform Zoom and allows for people aged over 50 to get together to talk about and remember all things sport.
Sporting Memories Sessions are held on Mondays at 1.30pm and on Fridays at 11.15am
Full support is available to get you set up and online.
Contact Amy for further details:
The website for the Sporting Memories Sessions can be found here.
The Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has put together a "Caring for someone with dementia at home during COVID-19" resource pack, available to download from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS website.
A leaflet has been produced on how to stay well during the corona virus outbreak for people with dementia. Download the IDEAL CDI leaflet for people with dementia ONLINE.pdf
Here are some short videos produced by Innovations in Dementia to guide Volunteers who may be supporting people living with dementia through COVID-19:
Video 1: https://youtu.be/MGPOKN7CPss
Video 2: https://youtu.be/Hivh8OBbvjU
Video 3: https://youtu.be/d2Tm_F3_d2I
Video 4: https://youtu.be/sM2suR6BQaY
Coronavirus advice for people effected by dementia by Alzheimer’s Society.
How to download an App and make WhatsApp calls! From Dementia Voices.
A guide to helping people get connected on the internet for the first time by Dementia Voices.
New website with practical ideas for living with dementia during social distancing by Dementia Voices.
Knowledge is Power: A booklet full of tips that might make life easier after a diagnosis of Dementia by Dementia Voices
Last reviewed: 22/12/2020