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Dementia Friendly Craven

Dementia Friendly activities, support sessions and events in Craven

An estimated 10,000 people are living with dementia in North Yorkshire.

Craven District Council think that it’s important that we play our part in making Craven more dementia friendly and we are working to make our services and facilities more dementia friendly. You can find further details about how we have made our buildings accessible and dementia friendly on the Accessible Craven page.     

Dementia Friendly Craven

We are also working with local people and organisations to make our District more Dementia Friendly by developing Dementia Friendly Communities.

A dementia-friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported.

In a dementia friendly community people will be aware of and understand dementia, so that people with dementia can continue to live in the way they want to and in the community they choose.

Dementia friendly communities are vital in helping people to live well with dementia and remain a part of their community.

There are already communities in Craven working to become more Dementia Friendly in Skipton, Settle, Bentham, Carleton and Grassington.

Members of our Dementia Friendly Community groups include local businesses, community groups, health and social care providers, local government, places of worship, public services and individuals.

People affected by dementia have the most important role in our Dementia Friendly Communities groups, as by sharing their experiences they ensure that communities keep the needs of people affected by dementia at the heart of everything they do. Some of the actions we have already taken include:-

• Opening a Dementia Friendly supermarket aisle
• Making public buildings easier to navigate
• Delivering Dementia Friends Sessions for staff
• Organising Dementia Friendly community activities
• Holding public information events
• Making Train Stations more Dementia Friendly
• Holding Fundraising events
• Taking part in National Dementia Action Week
• Holding Dementia Awareness Sports Events

Dementia Friendly Business

We can all make a difference and take steps to improve the support society offers to people living with dementia and their carers either as individuals or as organisations. From public services to local shops and sports clubs to places of worship, we all have a part to play in creating communities where people with dementia feel active, engaged and valued.

Some of the organisations who have committed to work to become more Dementia Friendly in Craven are :-

Skipton Building Society, Craven U3A, Mewies Solicitors, Dyneley House Surgery, Howcrofts Funeral Services, Craven District Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Natwest, North Yorkshire Police, Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, Tesco, Dementia Forward, Carers Resource, Pioneer Projects, The Dales Care Home, Anchor Hanover Housing & Care, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Trusted Companions.

If you, your community or your organisation want further information about becoming more Dementia Friendly email Kate Senior at 

Craven Dementia Support Services

The following organisations provide support services to people living with dementia.

Dementia Forward Provide services, support and information to anyone who is interested in dementia, whether they have received a diagnosis, have concerns about their memory, support someone with memory problems, work in dementia care or just want to know more. For further information contact Dementia Forward 01765 601224

Pioneer Projects offer regular groups for people living with dementia, their families and carers. For further information contact Pioneer Projects 015242 62672

Carers’ Resource give tailored support and information to unpaid carers and vulnerable people, providing information, advice, representation, advocacy and other services appropriate to their needs. For further information contact The Carers’ Resource on 01756 700888

Alzheimer's Society produce a wide range of information and advice about dementia and run a National Dementia Helpline For further information call 0300 222 11 22 or visit

Dementia Friends

Being a Dementia Friend simply means learning more about dementia, putting yourself in the shoes of someone living with the condition, and turning you understanding into action.

From visiting someone you know with dementia to being more patient in a shop queue, every action counts.

You can become a Dementia Friend by watching the online video or attending an on line training session.