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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...read more
We run a free 5 week course for carers and their families - "Understanding Dementia". The feedback we have had about this course has been great - it is a valuable resource, equipping carers and their families with tools to help them support their loved one with...read more
Carer support groups give time for carers to socialise, share information & offer support. They are so normalising. At various stages of our lives, most people have experience of being a carer. The types, levels and amounts of caring required can vary greatly and...read more
In October we had a couple of wellbeing taster sessions based upon relaxing therapies and gentle movement. They were a success, well-attended and all who came along said they enjoyed. We had positive feedback, hence we have decided to put on a weekly session -...read more
In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes. Yet too many people living with dementia face the condition alone and are excluded from society. Dementia Action Week takes place on 21-27 May and we are taking part by holding an open...read more
The Sunderland Empire has a Charity of the Year scheme which has raised thousands over the years and have chosen Age UK Sunderland as their nominated charity for 2018. As the Essence Service is an Age UK Sunderland project, we are over the moon! Thankyou! See...read more
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?...read more
Former Director of Age UK Sunderland, Alan Patchett returned to the Bradbury Centre to see a commemorative leaf unveiled in his name.
Former Director of Age UK Sunderland, Alan Patchett returned to the Bradbury Centre to see a commemorative leaf unveiled in his name. For almost 15 years, Alan worked to ensure that Age UK Sunderland promoted and supported the wellbeing of all older people throughout...read more
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...read more
Age UK Sunderland works in partnership with Sunderland Carers’ Centre, The Alzheimer’s Society and many other partners across the city of Sunderland, to provide the Essence Service, which makes a difference to over 1,000 people across the city. Age UK Sunderland has...read more
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...read more
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....read more
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...read more
The Essence Service hosts various training opportunities at our Centre in Doxford Park for families and carers including “Eating and Swallowing Changes (Dysphagia) in Dementia“. We had a successful Dysphagia session on Thursday 22nd June which...read more
If you are worried that you or someone close to you may have dementia, it can be difficult to talk about. That is why Dementia Awareness Week 2017 #DAW17 is important as it encourages us to open up and discuss dementia with others. Through everyone coming together we...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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