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Kirklees Dementia Hub

Kirklees Dementia Hub

Lion Chambers
32-34 John William Street
Huddersfield

HD1 1ES

01484 411 074

kdh@commlinks.co.uk

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About the service

The Kirklees Dementia Hub is a partnership between Community Links and Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees and offers information and advice for people who are living with dementia and their carers, family and friends.

We can provide appointments in the following ways:

  • Telephone Consultation
  • Face to Face appointment in the community
  • Home Visits (A worker will agree this depending on needs)

You can refer to our Post Diagnosis Support by contacting us on 01484 411 074.

Home visits can be arranged upon request – please contact 01484 411 074.

We also run an Information and Advice Line which operates Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm –  01484 503 908.

The Kirklees Dementia Hub offers Dementia Friends sessions – please contact 01484 411 074 for more information.

Aims of the service

The aim is to ensure people within the Kirklees community have access to a wide range of dementia information and advice.

Our partners Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees run Dementia Friends sessions within the local community.

For more information on Dementia support please visit the Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees webpage

Referrals

Referrals into the service are made through the SWYPFT Memory Service, a GP/health professional or you can also self-refer.

Referrals can be made for adults of any age who have been recently diagnosed with dementia.

To make a referral please contact the Hub Coordinator on 01484 411 074 or email kdh@commlinks.co.uk to request a referral form.

Opening times

The Service is open from Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-4.30pm, with the exception of recognised public holidays and will be supported by an office hours telephone advice line.

Dementia Friendly Community Steering Group

We are working towards creating a Dementia Friendly Kirklees, this will support those living with dementia to remain living well in Kirklees and to continue accessing their local communities. The Kirklees Dementia Friendly Community Steering Group is open to all in Kirklees to join and support each other in creating change and improvements for those living with dementia in Kirklees. We can improve accessibility, raise awareness and support those with dementia and their carers to be heard and understood!

To join the Steering Group please contact us on 01484 411 074.

Deep

A monthly meeting for those diagnosed with dementia to meet others on their dementia journey, enjoy activities and being together as well as a safe space to share your views and take part in opportunities to create change in Kirklees and be heard on what you want to see in your local area.

If you are living with dementia and want to join Deep, please contact us on 01484 411 074.

Volunteer with us!

We have lots of volunteering opportunities! To be involved in supporting those living with dementia or share your own lived experience with others starting their journey, please contact us for more information.

Partners:

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Click here to hear one of our support workers Samea talking about KDH on Kirklees local Asian radio station ‘Sangam Radio.’

Case Study: Albert and Moira

Albert cared for his wife Moira, who had been diagnosed with dementia and as Albert’s family lived away, there was no available support to them nearby. We provided regular calls to Albert and his wife during lockdown to see how they were and any support that was needed.

Albert found it difficult at first to gain support through social care due to worry this would mean that his wife would be placed in a home and, for himself, that he had ‘failed’ in his duty as a husband. This is often the worry that carers can feel but through reassurance and regular calls with their Support Coordinator we were able to build confidence in Albert and his wife about supporting them to remain living independently as long as possible in their own home, and build Albert’s confidence that asking for help does not mean failure.

The advice and support we provided included access to:

  • Admiral Nurse support for Albert
  • Carers’ Trust to access a sitting service for respite for Albert
  • Carers’ Count to register as a Carer
  • Carer wellbeing sessions through Kirklees Wellness Service
  • Age UK Befriending
  • How to access aids for the home and create a dementia-friendly home for Moira to live.
  • Wellbeing and coping strategies.

We also provided a Stimulation Pack that has been developed by us, in partnership with CLEAR and MakeSpace Community.