At Dementia Friendly Keighley we aim to support people with dementia and their carers by raising dementia awareness and becoming a Dementia Friendly Town. We want to increase understanding of dementia amongst the population and change the way Keighley communities think, talk and act about dementia.
Currently our unit in the shopping centre is functioning as an office and information point. Here people can find out about the many groups that we run and support in the locality, get advice on managing the challenges that dementia brings and be signposted to other organisations and groups that can help. They will also find understanding and sympathy if they simply need someone to talk to.
The next step is to run the unit as a fully functioning drop-in centre for people with dementia. We are currently putting the necessary policies and procedures in place. Once that’s done and we have appointed a professional health care worker this service will begin.
We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Airedale Shopping Centre in this way and wholeheartedly support their continuing work to become more dementia friendly as part of the Bradford Dementia Action Alliance.