Dementia Support

We are a dementia friendly organisation, with a number of our staff and volunteers having taken the Dementia Friends training, provided by the Alzheimer’s Society.

We even have a member of staff who can run the training for other organisations, so please contact us if you would like to have the training and widen our dementia friendly community! The sessions below are specifically for people living with dementia and their carers, but please be aware that all of our activities are accessible to people living with dementia – we just ask that you make us aware of any requirements before you arrive, and that you bring your carer along where possible.

We run regular Dementia Cafes in Handsworth and Darnall. As part of Dementia Action Week in May 2022, some of our volunteers and people who come along talked to us about what our dementia cafes mean to them:

Making Memories Dementia Cafe

Our Dementia memory cafe at St Mary’s Community Hub is a great opportunity to meet others for a friendly chat, a cuppa and some fun activities, along with hearing from guest speakers. To help us to manage numbers, we do ask that you register with us before coming along – more information about the sessions on the poster below.

Dementia Cafe in Darnall with Language Support

Having launched in February 2022, we also offer a new Dementia Cafe in Darnall, which will offer hot drinks, cakes and activities like we have in Handsworth, but will also offer language support for those who need it. Please contact us if you would like to come along.

Carers’ Support Group

Our carers’ support group started in 2021 on Zoom, and the group have found it a really helpful way of feeling supported and understood by others in similar situations. If you’d like to join the sessions or find out more, please contact us. If you are new to using Zoom, we have instructions to help you get started. Once you’ve done your first call with us, you’ll realise how simple it is!

On The Plot

We offer Dementia-friendly sessions at the community allotment in Darnall in the warmer months with Darnall Allotment Project. Get involved with all sorts of tasks around the allotment, from planting and weeding to harvesting and planning. There’s indoor space, seating and a kettle, if you need a break from your gardening efforts – and there’s even a composting toilet on site! These sessions return for 2022 on 24th May.

Jo, our Senior Health & Wellbeing Worker, playing Catch the Apple at an On The Plot session

Dementia Support in other languages

Enrichment for the Elderly and NHS Sheffield CCG have put together these videos, to help address a number of common questions about dementia diagnosis and support, including:

  • Why should I get diagnosed with dementia? 
  • What support can I get?
  • What can I do if someone I know has dementia? 
  • Am I a dementia carer?

These and other questions are answered in these short videos, made in both Urdu and Arabic:

Dementia Friends Training

Jo-Anne van Levesley is one of our Senior Health & Wellbeing Workers and she delivers Dementia Friends training These sessions are currently being delivered online – and will be in person, when Covid restrictions allow. Contact us for more information about booking onto Dementia Friends training with us.

Dementia Friends logo

Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance

We are members of this citywide organisation, who are working to establish Sheffield as a dementia friendly city. Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance work alongside local businesses and organisations to raise awareness of dementia by offering support and training. For more information on the Dementia Friendly Sheffield project, click here. There’s a diverse range of industries involved – businesses, solicitors, health and social care providers, shops and social groups. If your organisation or business would like to join this citywide social movement, Jo at Darnall Well Being can support you in signing up. Please contact Jo on 0114 249 6315 or After signing up, you will be entitled to support from SDAA via Zoom, telephone and Dementia Friends sessions, and a dementia-friendly toolkit.

Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance logo