A NEW service offering help and support for people affected by dementia is being launched in North Yorkshire.

It's being paid for by North Yorkshire County Council and the Clinical Commissioning Groups across the county and will be free for families and carers living with the disease.

Dementia Forward is operating the service, previously delivered by Making Space, which will provide access to information, advice and support so people know where to go to get help.

Richard Webb, North Yorkshire’s Director for Health and Adult Services, said: "Dementia Forward provides highly responsive, individual support for people living with dementia, and the people who care for them. The aim is to help people living with dementia and their family, friends or carers feel empowered and informed so they have choices following their diagnosis."

Services on offer include a helpline with home visits, signposting to other help, education programmes and a range of wellbeing and social activities which are part of the county's Bring Me Sunshine strategy for dementia.

Dementia Forward Chief Executive Jill Quinn, said: "Being awarded the contract across the county is extremely important as we have looked forward to ensuring everyone living in the county can access the same quality of dementia care and support.

"Our services are designed to give the right support at the right time, and from the very first conversation we can open doors to the things that people may need. We achieve this by working closely with colleagues in health and social care services and other voluntary organisations, as well as the wonderful support provided by volunteers and local communities."

  • Dementia Forward roadshows are being held throughout May across North Yorkshire. For information contact the helpline on 03300 578592 or go to www.dementiaforward.org.uk