Latest news from the Essence Service

Dementia Friends Sessions – held at the Essence Centre

    Dementia Friends sessions are held at the Essence Centre regularly throughout the year. Those who have attended our past sessions have given great feedback. Prior knowledge and experience of dementia is not needed in order to be a Dementia Friend.  Obviously it is...

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TIME OUT @ Essence

Meet up with other younger carers supporting their partners, for a cuppa and a chat in an informal setting. Held on the second Wednesday of every month. The next meeting is on Wednesday 14th February, drop in between 4pm – 6pm at the Essence Service at Doxford Park....

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The W.I.S.E Group at the Essence Centre

Welcome Into Support at Essence! The WISE group gives carers the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation for a cuppa, cake and a chat. The group has a drop in between 1pm – 3pm on the last Tuesday of every month (last year was the 1st Tuesday of every month)...

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November 13th – 19th is National Self Care week

November 13th – 19th is National Self Care week!   Self care is for everyone and anyone.  Everyone should understand and employ self-care at some level throughout their lives.  It is about empowering people to take control of their own good health and wellbeing. The...

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Self-care in the city

Self-care in the city How Age UK Sunderland is working with others to take people forward to better health and well being  All Together Better (ATB) Sunderland is an NHS-funded ‘vanguard’ programme bringing health and social care services together, with other support...

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Sunderland Student Law Clinic

The Essence Service are delighted to be supported by the Sunderland Student Law Clinic who provide excellent advice in various legal areas. Our clients are able to benefit from the experience of final year law students who handle their cases under the supervision of...

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Man’s best friend helps people living with dementia

A large furry friend is providing creature comfort to people living with dementia in Sunderland, after proving popular at his first outing. Barney, a very large English Mastiff dog, is a new regular at Essence Service, providing company to older people who have...

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Our Dementia Friendly Essence Building Receives Gold Award

Our Essence service base, the Sir Thomas Allen Centre at Doxford Park has received a gold award by an international centre of excellence for its design. The service was visited by an auditor from the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) and a detailed report...

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Designing for dementia by Anthony Gonzalez

We all know the statistics. Dementia is on the rise, with the number of diagnosed cases creeping up by the year. It’s not a condition that is going to go away, which makes it all the more critical that we prepare now for the future, looking at the facilities that we...

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Sunderland centre welcomes dementia breakthrough

A Sunderland charity has welcomed a new screening technique that could transform dementia diagnosis. Age UK Sunderland, which delivers the Essence Service – designed to offer support specifically for people recently diagnosed with dementia and those who look after...

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Support in place to tackle dementia rise

As new figures reveal that the percentage of people living with dementia in Sunderland has taken its steepest rise in five years, Louise Bradford explores what support is available for people who have recently been diagnosed with the condition, and their loved ones....

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Charity boss wants other areas to follow Sunderland’s lead

Other areas of the country must take a lead from Sunderland if they are to tackle a ‘postcode lottery’ in dementia care, according to the boss of a city charity. Alan Patchett, director of Age UK Sunderland – which runs the Essence Service for those recently diagnosed...

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