Supporting people with dementia and their carers.

Essence Service: Keep the essence of you, after a dementia diagnosis.




Please note:
As from Thursday 19th March 2020 our Essence activities across all venues will be cancelled in line with government advice. Our last activities will be the seated exercise at Essence and our Biddick Arts Centre outreach on Wednesday 18th March.

We apologise for any inconvenience and will keep you updated once we know more.
If you do require support, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0191 5221310.


“My Safety Net” – How Essence is making a Difference

My safety net”, words used to describe how Age UK Sunderland’s Essence Service has helped one lady cope with her husband’s diagnosis of dementia.

Offering a wide range of practical support and information around health, wellbeing and legal issues, the Essence Service also offers people with an early dementia diagnosis the support to help them understand and deal with their dementia diagnosis in a positive way.

The service also recognises the vital role of carers and the impact caring for someone with dementia can have, and is dedicated to providing a listening ear to carers as well as practical support and signposting to services and support.

We would like to introduce you to four wonderful ladies who are close to someone with a dementia diagnosis, their husbands are all in the mild to moderate stages of the condition. They all currently get support from our Essence Service.

The ladies attend the weekly sessions at Essence with their husbands and are able to share experiences and realise they are not alone, and as one lady, expressed the Essence Service is “her lifeline”.

We are very grateful to the ladies for sharing their experiences with us.

We are here to provide support and information to people who have been diagnosed with Dementia and their Carers.

We work with the early stages of dementia.

Wherever you live in Sunderland, we will provide you with the support you need. 

We cover Sunderland, Washington in Tyne and Wear, as well as the Coalfields area (e.g., Houghton le Spring, Hetton, Shiney Row, etc).


Head to our video showing Alan Patchett, former director of Age UK Sunderland, explaining how the Essence Service provides support and information to people who have been diagnosed with Dementia and their Carers in Sunderland.

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Get in touch with us

To find out more contact us or pop in to the Essence Service, at the Sir Thomas Allen Centre, Mill Hill Road, Doxford Park, Sunderland, SR3 2ND.

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