Welcome to the Burley-in-Wharfedale Dementia Action Group website
There are 57 people in Burley registered at our GP surgery as having dementia and there will be many more people in our village who do not have a formal diagnosis. Our primary objective is to ensure that Burley is a welcoming and friendly place for people with dementia and their families / carers, now and in the future.
The group was formed in October 2015 under the guidance of Lucy Maddison, community development worker, and Sylvia Bergin, dementia friends trainer. A group of volunteers, including people with dementia and their carers, has met several times and has put together an action plan which now forms the basis of our work. The action plan can be found on this site and it also appears on the Dementia Action Alliance website here.
The group now meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 2pm in the Parish Centre . Anyone interested is very welcome. The group is chaired by Quentin Fowler with support from Sylvia Bergin, Susan Collins and Niccola Swan. Minutes of recent meetings can be found on this website. Our next regular committee meeting is on Thursday 23rd November at 2pm in the Parish Centre.
Dementia information sessions have now been delivered to a great many people in the village. We hosted a big event on back in October 2016 and our last event was on Sunday 21st May with two speakers. Please see the events page for how to book an information session.
Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer's Society led initiative which aims to increase dementia awareness and change the way we think, talk and act about dementia. A Dementia Friend is someone who has attended one of the free one-hour information sessions and has committed to an action that will make the lives of people with dementia a bit better. Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend, and every action counts - from helping someone directly or in spreading the word in a group in which you're involved or on social media.
Dementia Friendly Community of the Year 2017 - we are so proud to have been shortlisted for this award. We will find out the outcome on 29th November. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to the work so far.
Dementia Friends Champions are trained volunteers who encourage their local community to understand more about dementia - what it's like to live with dementia and how to improve the lives of people with dementia. The Burley-in-Wharfedale Dementia Action Group is fortunate to have four trained champions.
Memory Tree @ Burley is a new group which was launched on Thursday 18th May. The next session is on Thursday 16th November. Please see the events page for more information.