South Yorkshire dementia charity is all fired up and ready to go

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A South Yorkshire charity has benefited from a major cash boost this month.

The Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) has secured £149,000 from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Safer Communities Reserve.

The worthy cause identified a need for a joined up collaborative approach to promote fire and community safety to people who are living with dementia, and their carers.

The DAA has a combined membership of 300, including public sector, retail, voluntary sector, private companies and faith communities.

Their two year project will build on current South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service public awareness initiatives.

Fire safety and community safety will also feature in the establishment of the four South Yorkshire areas seeking to become dementia friendly and become embedded in programmes to recruit ‘dementia friends’.

To find out more about this project contact Kath Horner via email at kath.horner@sheffield.gcsx.gov.uk or telephone 0114 293 0308.

The organisation holds regular free dementia workshops. These are specifically aimed at people who are living with dementia.

A spokesman said: “They are also proving hugely beneficial to members of the community too, who are eager to learn more about living and working with people affected by this most debilitating disease.

“Too often elderly people suffering with Alzheimer’s, or one of the other forms of dementia, are moved into care homes earlier than necessary, simply because family carers feel unable to cope.”

The next workshop takes place on Wednesday, March 1, at the Psalter Lane office in Sheffield.

All are welcome.