The Dementia Advice Sheffield service is run by Age UK Sheffield. The service is funded by Sheffield City Council and Age UK Sheffield work in partnership with Enrichment for the Elderly to provide the training sessions on offer to professionals within the city. The service began on October 1st 2019.
There are two main elements to this service, which are:
A) To provide Specialist dementia advice, guidance, support and training to professionals who work with people living with dementia in Sheffield and
B) To provide a referral link into local community dementia support, groups and activities.
We have included some Frequently Asked Questions below that give a really helpful overview of our service. If you have a question which is not answered in the FAQs below, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us and will endeavour to answer your question and support you in any way we can.
Who is this service for?
This service has been created to provide support for professionals who work with people who are living with dementia and their families and carers. This covers a wide range of people who may not necessarily refer to themselves as professionals, for example, volunteers who work in or who support services. Examples of professionals who may wish to access all that our service offers are: GP’s, housing officers, librarians, volunteers, care home staff, support workers, social care staff, activity coordinators, volunteer befrienders, occupational therapists and many more. Essentially, anybody who may support, care for or communicate with people living with dementia in their work is welcome to access our service and all that it offers.
How do I access the service?
There are two ways you might want to ask for our help, support or advice. You can contact us yourself with a query or any questions, or you can directly refer a person living with dementia to our service by clicking here.
What happens when I refer someone to your service?
You can refer someone diagnosed with dementia to us and we will link them into the local community dementia provision in their area (delivered by People Keeping Well partners).
The person living with dementia will then receive:
- An initial phone call (and 6-monthly calls thereafter) from a dementia-trained link worker to see how things are and check what support they would like
- Dementia information, advice and support
- Opportunities to join friendly and fun dementia-specific and dementia-friendly groups and activities including:
- Dementia and Memory Cafés, social dining groups and coffee mornings
- Walking groups, exercise and chairobics classes
- Music and singing sessions
- Carer support groups and pampering sessions
- Groups for men and groups for women
- Gardening, allotment and farming projects and much more!
More information about this can be found by clicking here.
What Training do you provide?
We provide an array of different training sessions suitable for a variety of different people and services. From sessions designed to help services deliver high quality activities in lunch clubs and other groups, to guidance and tips for the best way to approach an initial conversation with a person following a diagnosis of dementia. You can find all of our upcoming training sessions by clicking here. You simply need to follow the link for each session as instructed to book your place via Eventbrite. After attending one of the training sessions, you can access follow up resources after the sessions by clicking here.
Where can I find out about services for people living with dementia?
There are a huge amount of services across Sheffield that are either created specifically for people living with dementia or that are dementia friendly. Many of these are run by People Keeping Well services, third sector organisations and charities or other independent groups or businesses. Because there’s such a large array of services that are constantly evolving, ending or beginning, we cannot provide an exhaustive, up to date list, but we do try our best!
You can find our list of services, categorised by type of service by clicking here.
You can also take a look at Sheffield City Council’s online directory to search for specific services in specific areas by clicking here.
How can I keep up to date about your service, training and dementia care news in Sheffield?
If you’re keen to hear from us when we have news about dementia services in Sheffield and new training or advice, then you can sign up to our newsletter! We’ll email you every now and then when we have information that you may find helpful, and you are always able to unsubscribe from our email newsletter at any time. To sign up, simply click here and fill in your details!
How can I get in touch with your service?
You can find all of our contact details by clicking here
I provide a service for people living with dementia, can I get involved?
If you provide a service for people living with dementia, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us and let us know about your service, as well as any information or advice you would find helpful, then we will do what we can to help support your service.
I’d like to access your resources
That’s great, you can access our resources via our helpful resources page. We have lots of resources included on our blog and previous training sessions page. If there is anything you cannot find on our website, please get in touch and we can help.