It is now almost 9 years since the public meeting took place which was pivotal in the way that Debenham 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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Father and daughter discussing medication

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Dementia Together.This is the Suffolk-wide dementia support service which is encouraging community-focused help for anyone concerned, or already living, with the impact of dementia on their lives. The Debenham Project is a founder partner. The service provides a helpline for advice , information, and "a listening ear" with the follow-up of experienced and personal support. If you are struggling please call to make contact. For more information click here  or visit

National Recognition. Pippa Kelly, alongside Alastair Burns (The NHS National Director for Dementia and Older Peoples Mental Health) is one of the national leading commentators on dementia support and projects that are "making a difference". Recently Pippa called for an update on our progress (excellent and continuing!) in order to prepare for an important presentation in London. She is an enthusiast for our approach - you might like to read her June 17 blog (

New Look Poster, Booklet and Website. Almost 9 years ago Chris Bishop created The Debenham Project website. I cannot tell you how many times I have been complimented on it by colleagues, experts, commentators, professionals and especially by those who are living with the impact of dementia on their lives and are seeking someone who can "come alongside" and offer not only information and advice but also understanding, reassurance and friendship. However, times move on and we feel that it is time to update its style to better reflect the Project's bright, positive, supportive, friendly, caring, etc attributes. We have also produced both a new poster, thank you Richard and your team, and again Sarah for her great design skills that  "tell people we are there for them and what we can do to help". 

Dementia Adventure - Respite holidays and Activities Dementia Adventure is committed to "Enabling people living with dementia to get outdoors, connect with nature, themselves and their community, and retain a sense of adventure in their lives." You can visit their website here

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