I have been on a Commissioning Panel for Sheffield City Council and as a result, Age UK Sheffield will soon be launching a brand new service for the city, created specifically to support people who have been diagnosed with young onset dementia, as well as their carers, family and friends.
This new service will be the first of its kind and has been commissioned by Sheffield City Council for five years.
This is a really important service for Sheffield and Age UK Sheffield are keen to ensure that it is as person centred as possible.
Because of this, they want to know exactly what should be included in the service to make it a success.
The service will offer a holistic approach to support, which involves offering both an information and advice element as well as training, activities and groups.
There are lots of important things to decide about how this service will work (for example, the service doesn’t even have a name yet!)
But, they don’t want to start planning all of the important elements of the service simply according to what they feel will be best.
Instead, they want to be informed by the experts!
The experts are the people who have young onset dementia, their family, friends and carers.
Further down the line, they will also want to hear from others, for example health care professionals or employers.
But, first and foremost they want to hear from the people who know first-hand, what it is like to be diagnosed with young onset dementia and what needs to be included and provided by a service designed specifically to support them.
Do you have young on set dementia?
Or, do you know someone who does?
If so, they would love to hear from you.
Please feel free to send this information and invite to anyone you know who may be interested in this unique opportunity, to have your say and help them shape this vital new service for Sheffield.
The first event will take place at 3pm on Tuesday October 6th.
You will be able to attend in person at their Wellbeing Centre in Norfolk Park, or you can join the focus group via a Zoom call.
If you would like to take part and join one of their focus groups, please
and they will get in touch with more info about the focus group event/events coming up.
If you can’t attend please click the link and fill in your details and they will contact you about alternative ways to get involved outside of the focus group/groups.
Should you have any further questions and need to get in touch with their team you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone them on 0114 250 2850