York Dementia Action Alliance (YDAA)

York Dementia Action Alliance (YDAA) is a group of organisations, individuals and businesses who are working together to make York a dementia friendly city. The vision for York Dementia Action Alliance is for York to become a ‘dementia friendly’ city.  There are over 50 alliance members and an even larger network of organisations.  York CVS’ Dementia Action Coordinator, Emily Abbott 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


YDAA has four broad aims, which are to:


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

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