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 continue being independent and feel supported.
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.
Dementia Hubs in Calderdale and Kirklees
Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees and Community Links have partnered up to create the Kirklees Dementia Hub and the Calderdale Dementia Hub. These hubs provide information advice and support for people who are living with dementia, as well as their carers, family and friends.
For more information about the hubs, please visit their website:
Kirklees Dementia Hub - Kirklees Dementia Hub | Community Links (commlinks.co.uk)
Calderdale Dementia Hub - Homepage - Calderdale Dementia
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.
We can provide appointments in the following ways:
- Telephone Consultation
- Face to Face appointment in the community
- Home Visits (A worker will agree this depending on needs)
You can refer to our Post Diagnosis Support by contacting: 01484 411 074
Please be aware we cannot guarantee an appointment on the same day, please contact us on the number 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.
- 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 Friendly Community Steering Group
We are working towards creating a Dementia Friendly Kirklees, this will support those living with dementia to remain living well in Kirklees and to continue accessing their local communities. The Kirklees Dementia Friendly Community Steering Group is open to all in Kirklees to join and support each other in creating change and improvements for those living with dementia in Kirklees. We can improve accessibility, raise awareness and support those with dementia and their carers to be heard and understood!
To join the Steering Group please contact us on 01484 411 074
A monthly meeting for those diagnosed with dementia to meet others on their dementia journey, enjoy activities and being together as well as a safe space to share your views and take part in opportunities to create change in Kirklees and be heard on what you want to see in your local area!
If you are living with dementia and want to join Deep, please contact 01484 411 074
Volunteer with us!
We have lots of volunteering opportunities! To be involved in supporting those living with dementia or share you own lived experience with others starting their journey, please contact 01484 411 074 for more information!
Dementia Awareness Raising
To book your free Dementia Friends session, please contact the Hub Coordinator on 01484 411 074 or email Monika on firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 Hub
The Calderdale Dementia Hub is a partnership between Community Links and Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees that supports people in Calderdale to live well with dementia. The service will provide comprehensive post-diagnosis information and signposting through one-to-one appointments via phone or home visits and group work for both those living with dementia and their carers.
Anyone living with dementia in the Calderdale area can access the service. We will discuss their individual situation and help them to access the most appropriate support.
The Calderdale Dementia Hub will also work with partners to support the local area through facilitating community engagement sessions and awareness raising activities in order to create a dementia friendly borough
Anyone living in Calderdale can be referred to the Calderdale Dementia Hub through the SWYPFT Memory Service, a health professional, or they can self-refer via the Calderdale Dementia Hub website. Homepage - Calderdale Dementia
Contact the Hub:
- 01422 399 833
Calderdale Dementia Hub
Mon - Thu: 9am - 5pm
Fri: 9am - 4.30pm
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.