Information and help for people living with dementia and their carers.
Diagnosis of Dementia
Getting a diagnosis of dementia can be a difficult and upsetting time for both patients and carers. However there is a lot you can do in the early stages to make life easier and more normal.
We can help by providing information and advice, practical help at home and days out at our companionship centres.
For more information call us on either 01422 252 040 or 01484 535 994. Alternatively you can send us an email.
Kirklees Dementia Hub
About the service
The Kirklees Dementia Hub is a partnership between Community Links and Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees and offers information, advice and support for people who are living with dementia and their carers, family and friends.
The Kirklees Dementia Hub runs weekly appointment-based drop-in sessions from 10am – 4pm at the following locations:
- Wednesday at Dewsbury Hospital, Priestley Unit, WF13 4HS
- Friday at Folly Hall Mills, St. Thomas Road, HD1 3LT
Please be aware we cannot guarantee an appointment on the same day, please contact us on the numbers below prior to attending where we can advise on available appointments on the day. If we are unable to provide you with the appointment on the day we will arrange an appropriate alternative.
- 07387 019 180
- 01484 411 074
Home visits can be arranged upon request – please contact 01484 411 074.
We also run an Information and Advice Line which operates Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm – 01484 503 908.
The Kirklees Dementia Hub offers Dementia friends sessions please contact 01484 411 074 for more information.
Aims of the service
The aim is to ensure people within the Kirklees community have access to a wide range of dementia information and advice.
Our partners Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees run Dementia Friends sessions within the local community.
Dementia Awareness Raising
To book your free Dementia Friends session, please contact the Hub Coordinator on 01484 411 074 or email Monika on email@example.com
Referrals into the service are made through the SWYPFT Memory Service, a GP/health professional or you can also self-refer.
Referrals can be made for adults of any age, who have been recently diagnosed with dementia.
To make a referral please contact the Hub Coordinator on 01484 411 074 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a referral form.
The Service is open from Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-4.30pm, with the exception of recognised public holidays and will be supported by an office hours telephone advice line.
“I have found the KDH service to be excellent, the support workers have been really helpful and I know there is someone there if I need any help or support. They have provided me with lots of information about other services I can benefit from as and when I need them and I’ve enjoyed the information sessions I’ve attended so far and look forward to attending them in the future.”
This service is supported by Kirklees Council.
Calderdale Dementia Services
Dementia services in Calderdale are provided by the Alzheimer's Society. Find out more on their website www.alzheimers.org.uk
The Dementia Adviser service offers information about all aspects of living with dementia and supports you to access services. People with dementia, their carers or people who are worried about their memory can contact our dementia advisers whenever they need further information or support to find other services.
The dementia support workers offer information and practical guidance to help you understand dementia, cope with day-to-day challenges and prepare for the future. They offer information to people who are worried about their memory and ongoing support to people affected by dementia face to face, over the phone or in writing.
Contact them on 01422 352789 or email: email@example.com
Other support from Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees
Information and advice
We can provide information and advice about local support services, benefit entitlements, aids and adaptations for your home and legal and financial issues.
You can also pick up a copy of our information booklets from our shops or download them from the Age UK website
Help at home
We provide practical services to help those who are struggling to stay independent and to free up time and energy for carers.
A day out once a week at one of our Companionship centres can provide friendship and new activities for people living with dementia and a welcome break from caring responsibilities for loved ones.
The Herbert Protocol
The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme that encourages carers, family and friends to provide and put together useful information on a single form, which can then be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing. Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance is promoting the protocol across Kirklees with the support of West Yorkshire Police, Age UK C&K and other agencies.
Physical Activity and Dementia
There is increasing research indicating that taking part in physical activity can reduce your risk of developing dementia and if you have received a diagnosis, exercise can improve wellbeing for both you and your carer.
Kirklees Active Leisure
KAL offer lots of classes and sessions suitable for people aged 50+ including Mature Movers, OWLS, Walking Football and Tai chi to name a few. You can find out where and when at their website www.kal.org.uk
Steps for Life is an exercise referral programme for people living with dementia and provides support, motivation and advice with a chance to try out a range of activities and enjoy the social side of meeting other people.
Who is it for?
The scheme is for inactive people who have early onset dementia and are a resident in Kirklees.
For more information call 01484 237097 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Calderdale Sports Centres
They offer classes and sessions suitable for older people including Gentle Keep Fit, Zumba Gold and Pilates. Find out more on their website www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/sports-and-fitness
Other dementia support organisations
There is lots of support for people living with dementia and their carers across Calderdale and Kirklees, plus activities such as 'dementia cafes' and 'singing for the brain'. See the list below some of the key support organisations.