Following receipt of 3 years funding from The National Lottery Community Fund in 2019, we are now able to extend our Community Services more widely in Cumbria.

Dignity in Dementia Family Carers Courses

A free to attend course that runs over a number of weeks and provides effective and easy to use dementia care guidance for family carers that helps them connect more effectively to the person they support, leading to an improved quality of life for both.

It covers:

  • What is dementia
  • Connecting to the feelings of the person with dementia
  • Communicating effectively & building trust
  • The importance of comfort, how to detect pain and how dementia can affect vision
  • Dealing with challenging behaviour
  • Distraction methods
  • Meaningful occupation and the perils of boredom
  • Looking after yourself and relaxation

We will advertise these programmes on our facebook page, as well as through local Carers Associations, The Alzheimer’s Society and Memory Clinics.

“This course can make such a positive difference to the life of the carer, as well as the cared-for – definitely sign up.”

“As well as learning lots, you meet people going through similar experiences and can learn and share with them.”


Young Onset Dementia Support

For adults diagnosed with dementia before the age of 65.

Those affected by Young Onset Dementia can face specific challenges and therefore Dignity in Dementia will visit to learn as much as possible about the individual and offer advice and guidance to them and their family.  We will also discuss possible ways we can help to maintain the person’s interests.

If you are affected by Young Onset Dementia please contact us to find out more.

Support Groups

We currently facilitate two zoom support groups that enable family members to come together to share their experiences, learn from each other and offer support to one another. Our afternoon group meets monthly on the first Tuesday of each month between 2 – 3pm, whilst our evening session meets monthly on the 3 rd Tuesday of each month between 7 – 8 pm. If you would like to join either group please get in touch.

Community Work

We are also active in the community in a range of other ways.  For example, we are a member of the South Lakes Dementia Community, previously known as the Kendal Dementia Action Alliance. Indeed, Diane is its current Chairperson. Plus we also support the work of a number of the other Dementia Action Alliances and get involved in many other community ventures.