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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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