Following consultation with carers and people with young onset dementia, there was an identified unmet need for respite opportunities. Carers reported a reluctance to access respite because they deemed it not to be age-appropriate or meaningful for their relatives. YPWD offers respite to carers through the provision of a number of different workshops for younger people with dementia throughout the working week. A prospectus of the workshops is produced every few months and people with dementia can access various workshops through the week, thus offering clear choice and a flexible approach to respite for carers.
A series of activity-based workshops are run across the working week in Berkshire. They were selected on the basis of current evidence of therapeutic benefit and following requests specifically by people with dementia and from carers’ feedback. The range of workshops offered have included choir, gardening, table tennis, walking, running, cycling, katakanoeing, badminton, art, photography, furniture restoration, bushcraft, indoor wall climbing, archery and dance.
Examples of our workshops can be seen on this video
Referrals for attendance at workshops are made through the completion of the referral form. These should then be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or via post for the attention of Karen Ive, Younger People with Dementia, First Floor, Unit 9 Indigo House, Fishponds Road, Wokingham, RG41 2GY.