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Carer support groups.

  Carer support groups give time for carers to socialise, share information & offer support. They are so normalising. The next drops in are: Thursday 4th October, 1pm til 3pm AND Thursday 4th October, 4:30pm til 6:30pm Both will be held at The Essence Service, Sir...

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Dementia Friends Sessions – held at the Essence Centre

    Dementia Friends sessions are held at the Essence Centre regularly throughout the year.  These are one-off sessions. 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...

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Volunteer open day, Wednesday 7th March 2018

VOLUNTEER OPEN DAY!   Don’t miss this opportunity to drop into the Award Winning Essence Service on WEDNESDAY 7th MARCH 2018 10.00am to 2.00pm   Would you like to make a difference to the lives of those living with dementia and their carers by volunteering?   Come and...

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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 March, drop in between 4pm – 6pm at the Essence Service at Doxford Park. Past...

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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 at the Essence Service at Doxford Park. Our...

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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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