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 different workshops is produced about every 3 months and people with dementia can access up to 6 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, Trains Planes & Automobiles and dance.
Examples of our workshops can be seen on this video
Workshop Brochures are produced on a regular basis to highlight what workshops will be run in the next period. Take a look at our latest workshop brochure.
Referrals for attendance at workshops are made through the completion of the referral form. These should then be sent via e-mail to Charlie.firstname.lastname@example.org, or via post for the attention of Charlie Draper, YPWD (Berkshire) CIO, Barkham Day Hospital, Wokingham Hospital, Barkham Road, Wokingham, RG41 2RE.