New education programme for carers of people with Dementia to launch in Cumbria


Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Alzheimer's Society South Lakes have come together to respond to the needs of Carers of people with dementia across Cumbria.

Together, they are working to deliver an informative education programme to help support carers. A programme of 6 sessions is planned across each of the 6 localities in Cumbria. The sessions are open to up to 15 people, and will be led by specialist staff of both organisations. They will last in the region of two hours each.

David Storm, Service Manager for Older People's Services from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said:

"Many people who have dementia are cared for by family or friends. For carers this is often a stressful and emotional task, requiring valuable information and support. We aim to help to meet this need in Cumbria with this programme which will offer advice on a range of subjects, from understanding the behaviour of people with dementia to how to cope and deal with feelings."

Topics to be covered through the programme are:

What is dementia

Understanding behaviour

Looking after yourself/carers/stress

Role of community dementia service and how they can help Wellbeing, coping and dealing with feelings Legal issues, capacity & consent; benefits

Dementia affects 1 in 20 people over 65. This rises to 1 in 5 for people aged over 80. It is a progressive and mainly irreversible condition. While it predominantly affects people in older age, it can and does affect younger people too. For more information on dementia, please visit:

In 2007, the Alzheimer's Society produced a national report in which it called for dementia to be made an explicit health and social care priority.  The National Dementia Strategy was published in 2009, following extensive public consultation, with the key aim that all people with dementia and their carers should live well.  

For further information or to book a place, please contact: Sarah Rockliffe on 01539 742617


Dates and locations:


Session 1: Allerdale

Thursday mornings 10am - 12pm

Alzheimer's Society, Ground Floor, Cumbria House, New Oxford Road, Workington, CA14 2NA.   Tel: 01900 607280

8th Sept, 15th Sept, 22nd Sept, 29th Sept, 6th Oct, 13th Oct


Session 2: Carlisle

Thursday mornings 10am - 12pm

Impact Housing Centre 47, 47 Nelson Street, Carlisle, CA2 5NE. Tel: 01228 633 659 6th Oct, 13th Oct, 20th Oct, 27th Oct, 3rd Nov, 10th Nov


Session 3: Copeland

Thursday mornings 10am - 12pm

Lakes College, Hallwood Road, Lillyhall Business Park, Workington, Cumbria CA14 4JN.  Tel: 01946 839300 3rd Nov, 10th Nov, 17th Nov, 24th Nov, 1st Dec, 8th Dec


Session 4: Eden

Monday mornings 10am - 12pm

Penrith Leisure Centre, Southend Road, Penrith, CA11 8JH. Tel: 01768 863450 16th Jan, 23rd Jan, 30th Jan, 6th Feb, 13th Feb, 20th Feb


Session 5: South Lakes

Monday mornings 10am - 12pm

Stricklandgate House, 92 Stricklandgate, Kendal, LA9 4PU. Tel: 01539 742631 13th Feb, 20th Feb, 27th Feb, 5th March, 12th March, 19th March


Session 6: Barrow

Monday mornings 10am - 12pm

Alzheimer's Society, Robin House, 24 Nelson Street, Barrow in Furness, LA14 1NF. Tel: 01229 832004 12th March, 19th March, 26th March, 2nd April, 9th April, 16th April


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