On April 23rd 2009 a public meeting took place which was pivotal in the way that Debenham in Suffolk and its surrounding villages are addressing the challenges that dementia and our ageing population represent. It has led to a community owned and led project in which Debenham has said "we must get on and do something". Since its formal launch in October 2009 local volunteers have developed a range of local dementia support services second to none in the UK. Over the years since then it has been recognised for its innovation and leadership, and Debenham has become the UK's foremost rural "Dementia Friendly Community" within the scope of the "Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia". Our aim is to help all those families in our area who are having to cope with the impact of dementia on their lives - to offer them the practical and emotional support which can make "living with dementia" a better place than when they were "on their own" - to show that that their community cares and wants to support them in their difficulties - and that there are those around them that have "been there" and understand the problems and emotions that they are going through.
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July 9th: - The Annual Debenham project Garden Party. A truly delicious afternoon celebrating and thanking all those who have made the project such a success. 130 attended and enjoyed a magnificent buffet, entertainment by Stephen Mckie, Katie Harling-Challis, and Fran Reid followed by an amazing sing-a-long. A truly wonderful event. See and hear more about the occasion here.
July 15th: - Lynden, Sally and Rex were presented with a donation of £500 by The Yorkshire Building Society in Ipswich. Many thanks. More here with photos.
The Four Mile Rule: Following our visit to Wales we have produced a slide presentation which narrates the story of The Debenham Project. Presentation or PDF file
Sports Relief Grant: Very many thanks to Sports Relief for their generous grant of £1,000. They are one of the few who are anxious to help support community-based projects to be sustainable - thank you.
Wales comes to Debenham: The Welsh government is concerned that community-based care for families coping with the impact of dementia is inadequate, and have asked The Debenham Project for their thoughts on how to make this better. We have given an interview about what we are trying to do our best in Suffolk to address the problem. See the video.
Edition 3 of “This is The Debenham Project” is now available. (Click on thumbnail below)
Information and Advice
A personal service to guide carers in their requests for information and in making contact with support agencies.