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After a dementia diagnosis, the Essence Service is the first port of call for people in Sunderland who have recently been diagnosed with dementia and those who care for them.

Keep the Essence of you

What is the Essence Service?

Age UK Sunderland is working in partnership with Sunderland Carers' Centre, The Alzheimer's Society and many other partners across the city of Sunderland, to provide this free service, which is making a difference to over 1,000 people across the city. 

The service offers a wide range of practical support by giving information in areas around health, wellbeing and legal issues while ensuring people are aware of how to access services that are of benefit to them.

People with an early dementia diagnosis also receive emotional and peer support to help understand and deal with their dementia diagnosis in a positive way.

Evidence suggests that keeping active and stimulated when a person has an early diagnosis of dementia is essential as it slows down its progression and maintains wellbeing. With this in mind, the Essence Service offers a variety of activities from its Doxford Park centre and in the wider community. Activities can include coffee mornings, reminiscence sessions, seated exercise, iPad workshops, arts and crafts and much more.

The service also recognises the vital role of carers and the impact caring for someone with dementia can have, and is dedicated to providing a listening ear to carers as well as practical support and signposting.

The Essence building has recently received a gold award by an international centre of excellence for its dementia-friendly design, and every attention to detail has been made to ensure that those who receive support feel as comfortable as they can be.  

For further information about the Essence Service please contact:

The Essence Service
Sir Thomas Allen Centre
Mill Hill Road
Doxford Park 
Sunderland
SR3 2ND

Phone: 0191 522 1310
Email: essenceservice@ageuksunderland.org.uk.

You can find out how the Essence Service has been a lifeline for four wonderful ladies who are all close to someone with dementia by watching the videos below:

“My Safety Net” – How Essence is making a Difference   

 “My safety net”, words used to describe how Age UK Sunderland’s Essence Service has helped one lady cope with her husband’s diagnosis of dementia. 

Offering a wide range of practical support and information around health, wellbeing and legal issues, the Essence Service also offers people with an early dementia diagnosis the support to help them understand and deal with their dementia diagnosis in a positive way.

The service also recognises the vital role of carers and the impact caring for someone with dementia can have, and is dedicated to providing a listening ear to carers as well as practical support and signposting to services and support.    

We would like to introduce you to four wonderful ladies who are close to someone with a dementia diagnosis, their husbands, who are all in the mild to moderate stages of the condition. They all currently get support from our Essence Service.

The ladies attend the weekly sessions at Essence with their husbands and are able to share experiences and realise they are not alone, and as one lady expressed, the Essence Service is “ her lifeline”.  

We are very grateful to the ladies for sharing their experiences with us.