York Dementia Action Alliance (YDAA)

Welcome to York Dementia Action Alliance (YDAA).  We encourage individuals, services, businesses and organisations in York to work towards being dementia friendly and accessible to all.

We also work with local dementia charities and organisations to listen to the views of people living with dementia and carers to inform change within the city.

We want York to be a great place to live and visit for people with dementia and their supporters. Our four broad aims are:


Raise awareness and reduce discrimination

Involve people with dementia in the building of services

Provide a hub for resources and information


Raise the standards of services for people with dementia

Guides from The Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Programme (DEEP)
The Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Programme (DEEP) is a growing user movement across the UK. It connects groups where people with dementia are working together to raise awareness about dementia – to policy-makers and decision makers, to influence local dementia practice and strategy, and to challenge the existing narrative about what it is like to live with dementia.  The following guides are available from the programme:


Involving people with dementia in Dementia Friendly Communities

DEEP Guide – Language

Writing dementia-friendly information

Creating websites for people with dementia

Dementia-friendly tips for employers

Training Resources
Dementia Champion volunteers provide one hour Dementia Friends awareness sessions. For available sessions click Click here.

You can also become a dementia Champion by attending a full day training course. For further information Click here.

Innovations in Dementia
Provide bespoke awareness from short 2 hour sessions to full days. They are committed to including people with dementia as designers and tutors. Click here.

Dementia Forward
Dementia Forward support people living with dementia directly, however they may be able to provide bespoke training sessions for organisations. Click here to enquire further.

Alzheimer’s Society
Provide a range of courses for both individuals and organisations. Click here.

Virtual Dementia Tour
Aims to give people an experience of what living with dementia may feel like. Can be booked directly with Training2Care Click here or with City of York Council Workforce Development Unit. Click here.

SCIE E-learning Course
For those looking for a free online course SCIE provide 7 modules for those with limited but occasional contact with people living with dementia. Written in 2009, all modules except one (module 4) remain relevant Click here

If you or someone you support is living with dementia, and you’re struggling to find the help, support, information and advice you need please get in touch.  Perhaps you’d like to know about activities available in your area, or how to meet other people with dementia for friendship and support.

Similarly, if you are a local business or organisation who wants to do more to support people in your community and allow them to continue to live well, please consider joining the Alliance.  We can organise the appropriate training and advice as well as providing regular updates through our monthly newsletter and events throughout the year.

York CVS’ Dementia Action Coordinator, Anna Harrison, provides support to YDAA.  If you would like to join our mailing list, become a member of the alliance or require further information email: dementia-action@yorkcvs.org.uk or call Anna on 01904 621133

Follow us on Twitter @York_DAA

Read our monthly living well with dementia newsletter

YDAA is part of the national Dementia Action Alliance, more information on the alliance and who are members are can be found here.