Dementia Support

Dementia: Overcoming Isolation and Loneliness

Dementia: friends disappear, doors slam shut, worlds shrink. Social isolation and loneliness set in. But life can be different. Dementia Support offers uniquely supportive and ongoing services, a welcoming community hub, and the chance to look forward with hope and confidence.

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1158640)

open_in_new https://www.dementiasupport.org.uk
Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£40,000

Amount raised

£32,536

Time left

3 days

Donations

56

Championed by Anonymous Champion

    Categories

  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice
  • Mental HealthMental Health

    Helping

  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind

Location

United Kingdom

Situation

People living with dementia often suffer social isolation and loneliness. There is still a stigma and lack of understanding around the condition, despite its prevalance - friends disappear, accessing services become problematic, and worlds become smaller. It's a challenging condition to cope with, and people feel they have no choice but to stay at home to limit risk and stress. Rosemary felt lonely caring for her husband: "You feel that you're the only one, that no one will understand."

Solution

Dementia Support in West Sussex opened the first dementia hub in the UK in 2018. We raise awareness of how dementia affects lives, challenge the stigma, and offer a range of services under one roof. Our aim is to offer a welcoming, supportive hub, where people can not only access life-changing services, but socialise and support each other over time. We also offer remote support services and we plan to offer outreach in local communities for people who are unable to attend the hub.

  • Dolly and I used to love coming to Sage House together. I don't know what I would have done without it. Now, I volunteer in the cafe. I'm enjoying it and having fun. It's good to be back within the Sage House family.

    — Ronnie, cafe volunteer and customer

  • When you're struggling to cope with dementia, the last thing you need is a 50 page form, or a two hour helpline queue. People living with dementia and their loved ones are often isolated. Our aim is to be there for them with appropriate, personalised support, when and where they need it.

    — Sally Tabbner, CEO Dementia Support

  • I remember when Bill was first diagnosed, he used to sit and cry. He’d say, "Why can’t I do things any more?" Later on, he'd say, "Just remind me, who are you?" He couldn't believe I was his wife of 55 years. It's a cruel disease, but if you’ve been there, you have a greater empathy. I like to help.

    — Sylvia, Wayfinding volunteer

  • I had the number for another organisation and I got through to a switchboard. I was told someone would call me back – I’m still waiting! It was such a relief that you were able to talk to me instantly and support me when I needed it most.

    — Customer, Dementia Support