Resources and information

York Dementia Action Alliance postcard with a quote from Aroma Cafe in HaxbyOn this page you will find information and updates from the York Dementia Action Alliance. We will also share relevant information, resources and events from other national and local organisations and initiatives.

If you have information you’d like to share through these pages and the York Dementia Action Alliance, please email:

Dance and creative movement sessions for those living with dementia

When: Tuesday mornings 10.30am-11.30am – starting January 12 2016

Where: Dance Studio at York St John University, meeting in Holgate reception area around 10.25am. Transport to and from the sessions may be available – please call Elaine on 07881 922343 to find out more.

Who is this for: People with dementia and their carers, friends and family members

To book a place or for more information contact Elaine on 07881 922343 or call our Events team on 01904 876433

Yorsight Conference presents: Research, information and technology

Friday April 22 at the National Railway Museum, York

Registration from 9:15 and presentations begin at 9:55

  • “Seeing what they see: Compensating for cortical visual dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease”
  • “The changing face of management of macula disease”
  • Eye Health – the right nutrition for AMD
  • ‘Understanding what happens in the brain when vision is lost as a result of eye disease’

Tickets cost £60 per person and include a buffet lunch

Please contact for further information

Memory matters

Introducing a new drop in session rub by Alzheimer’s Society, The Retreat, Explore York and City of York Council which aims to achieve the following:

  • To improve understanding around dementia through providing up-to-date and relevant information
  • To provide opportunities for people with dementia and their carers to talk to different professionals who are specialists in different areas of health and wellbeing
  • To enable people with dementia and their carers to find out about local and national services that might be of help

Venue: York Explore Library near cafe
Format: Drop in information sessions – no appointment necessary                                                                                     Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm Contact: 01904 567701 for more information
For details on other events, see here


York-specific Dementia Action Alliance postcards

We have produced a series of three postcards to highlight why becoming a member of York DAA and working together to become a dementia friendly city is so important. Please download copies of the postcards below, and if you’d like any copies to give out to your contacts, please call in to York CVS at Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, YO1 6ET or  email:

Postcard: we are not alone

Postcard: dementia education was invaluable

Postcard: making people feel welcome

A blog by Pippa Kelly

Pippa is a national journalist who reflects on what it really means to be dementia friendly, using York and Yorkshire examples of inspirational action. Read Pippa’s blog.

Dementia friendly taxis

City of York Council and Dementia Forward have trained drivers working for Fleetways Taxis and all trained drivers will display a Dementia Friend sticker in their taxi. Read more.

Evaluations of York and Bradford Dementia Friendly Communities Programmes

These evaluations of two projects in York and Bradford – two very different Yorkshire cities – highlight the human rights of people with dementia and their carers; the centrality of active and meaningful engagement in building dementia friendly communities; and the importance of addressing practical barriers to inclusion. Local grassroots community activity is the bedrock of dementia friendly communities, but it must be supported by strong strategic planning, commissioning and leadership for them to flourish and be sustainable.


Evaluation of JRF/JRHT’s Commitment to become Dementia Friendly

The evaluation of JRF/JRHT’s commitment to become dementia friendly highlights many lessons for other organisations and employers. The report describes and analyses an organisation-wide community development approach, which has involved staff in working alongside people with dementia.


National organisations and initiatives

Guide to writing dementia friendly materials

DEEP (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project) has produced a great guide for writing dementia friendly information – which is also much more accessible for everyone! Find out more on the DEEP website.

Care UK Good to Go Guide

Carers UK has produced an excellent guide to going out and about for people caring for people living with dementia. It’s full of really useful information and guidance with ideas and inspriation from carers and people living with dementia.


Become a dementia friendly workplace

The Alzheimer’s Society has developed a guide for organisations and businesses to give them step by step guidance to become a dementia friendly workplace. It has been designed to help employers understand dementia and the impact it can have on their people. It provides practical steps they can take to become dementia friendly and outlines scenarios which can occur in the workplace, along with suggested responses they can take.

The guide will be a useful resource for professionals across a range of functions, including HR, occupational health or anyone whose role involves workplace wellbeing. It would also be a valuable resource for people with dementia, so they can understand how to get the support they need in the workplace.

You don’t have to be a large organisation to make use of the guide….. it is a valuable insight for anyone involved in supporting our goal to change society’s attitudes to dementia…. and helping to maintain the independence of people with dementia in their local community – especially, in the workplace.  Read the Creating a dementia-friendly workplace guide.


Reduce your risk of developing dementia

The Alzheimer’s Society has launched an interactive map to highlight how people can reduce the risk of developing dementia.


Become a Dementia Friend

Find out more about becoming a Dementia Friend – this is a scheme from the Alzheimer’s Society about giving more people an understanding of dementia and the small things that could make a difference to people living in their community. A Dementia Friend learns a little bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action.

DEEP Report

In 2013 the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust committed to becoming a more dementia-friendly organisation and employer. This paper shares the learning from the first three years, with many practical messages about engagement and impact. The report is accompanied by a short film focusing on the activity of one of the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP) groups, SURF.