National Dementia Action Week 2023

Published: 18/05/2023

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust is delighted to support this year’s National Dementia Action Week 2023 (15-21 May). We’re using the campaign to spotlight some of the fantastic initiatives we have in place to support both those who live with dementia and their loved ones. Here at RUCST, we’re proud to host a series of… Continue reading National Dementia Action Week 2023

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust is delighted to support this year’s National Dementia Action Week 2023 (15-21 May). We’re using the campaign to spotlight some of the fantastic initiatives we have in place to support both those who live with dementia and their loved ones.

Here at RUCST, we’re proud to host a series of dementia specific sessions at the New York Stadium.

We aim to provide support for as many people as possible and our various sessions enable us to do so.

Extra Time Hub

Launched in March 2023, the Extra Time Hub has been set up in collaboration with local organisations including Rotherham U3A, Rotherham Hospice, Active Through Football, Mature Millers, Voluntary Action Rotherham, Rotherham Cancer Care, Rotherham Hospice, Rotherham and Barnsley Mind, and Age UK Rotherham.

The Extra Time Hub, which is completely free of charge, brings together people from the local community in Rotherham to not only meet each other but to also get to know key local organisations who are on hand offering tailored support, guidance and advice.

Millers Dementia Café

Our Millers Dementia Café, which runs every week on a Tuesday, is aimed at people who live with dementia and anyone who supports them.

The dementia café takes place at the New York Stadium and welcomes people from the community every single week.

The open session is an opportunity for people to meet others, seek support from each other and talk to our health and wellbeing team.

Millers Memory Club

Our Millers Memory Club, which was set up by former Miller John Breckin, is primarily aimed at former players and their families/carers to come together and reminisce. 

Millers Memory Club runs the first Friday of each month at New York Stadium.

You can read about our Millers Memory Club here: READ | BBC’s Morning Live programme pays Millers Memory Club a visit – News – Rotherham United (themillers.co.uk)

Sunehri Yaadein Golden Memories Café

We’re proud to be working in collaboration with Making Space and Rotherham Borough Council to deliver a tailored dementia session aimed at those from Rotherham’s ethnic communities.

These sessions take place on the second and last Wednesday of every month at the New York Stadium.

In the community

Our Health and Wellbeing team also work in partnership with local care homes, sheltered housing and community settings to deliver tailored exercise and recreational sessions.

For further information and to get involved in any of our dementia sessions contact: health@rotherhamunited.net 

Colan Leung, Health and Wellbeing Manager at RUCST, said: “We’re very proud to be involved in dementia-specific projects here at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust and to be able to offer support for those who need it.

“Our projects are focused on socialising, reminiscing, physical activity, listening to guest speakers and accessing the right support.

“We’re proud to have built a strong, knowledgeable and experienced circle of support to host our friendly sessions.

“We’re pleased with the progress we’ve made so far with our dementia projects and we look forward to growing the sessions, trying new things and creating as many positive opportunities as we can.”

Dementia Awareness

The campaign this year, which is led by the Alzheimer’s Society, is about raising awareness of diagnosis. 

With a sustained drop in dementia diagnosis rates, the Alzheimer’s Society is highlighting the key barriers to and benefits of getting a diagnosis.

The key barriers identified include misconceptions about memory loss being a normal part of ageing, denial, and the time it takes to be given a specialist referral.

The Alzheimer’s Society has found that 9 in 10 people living with dementia said they had benefitted from a professional diagnosis. Of those who waited to get a diagnosis, three in five wished they had sought a diagnosis sooner.

Across the UK, the Alzheimer’s Society is working with individuals and organisations to encourage people who are concerned about dementia to seek out advice and information.

For further support, visit: Dementia Action Week | Alzheimer’s Society (alzheimers.org.uk)