Living with dementia? Local support is available

Receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be a frightening time for those people affected, their friends and family.

Barnsley Council wants to remind residents that there are plenty of resources and support available.

Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Safeguarding), said: “Knowing where to start or find resources can be time consuming and confusing. It’s important that people get a diagnosis as soon as possible as there are many types of dementia and knowing which one you may have will help in getting the right support. A GP or Memory Team will be able to help people find out what is appropriate for them, but the council webpage is a good starting point.”

There is also a wealth of support for carers on the council website and it is important for people to know that their social life and health and well-being should not suffer because they have acquired a caring role or because they have received a diagnosis of dementia.

It is possible to live well with dementia and Barnsley has several well respected support groups. More information and links to the following organisations are available via the council’s dementia webpage.

The Alzheimer’s Society in Barnsley offers advice, information and support and can be contacted on 01226 296301.

Barnsley’s Dementia Action Alliance has an impressive list of organisations that are signed up to being dementia friendly. 

Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s And Dementia Support (BIADS) offers a wealth of social activities and support. Contact 01226 280057 or email at biads@btconnect.com

Butterflies meet several times a week and offers afternoon tea, dancing, outings and support groups. Contact Julie Brown on 07545 815513 or visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/ButterfliesBarnsley/

Making Space has a Dementia Support Services, contact 01226 288772 or email enquiries@makingspace.co.uk

Barnsley Dementia Support Service (South Yorkshire Housing Association) offers free advice and practical support to give people the confidence to live well, or care for someone living with dementia. Contact 01142 2900 200 or 0800 1380 380.

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