Support for Dementia


Dementia Reading Champions

This service is where groups of people or individuals living with dementia are supported to enjoy reading, listening, chatting, stimulating and sharing memories, as a way to reduce social isolation. The project uses poetry, literature and reminiscence to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers.

It’s not a book club and there’s no homework! We might talk about local sayings, classic catchphrases, old adverts or proverbs, maybe bring along a favourite piece and see where the conversation takes us!
We are constantly recruiting and training ‘Reading Champions’ to support reading groups for people living with dementia in Kirklees and Calderdale.

The project is delivered across Kirklees and Calderdale in Care Homes, Residential homes and community settings. It encourages participants to interact with others, share stories and experiences, by using literature and poetry and is open and accessible to people of all backgrounds and levels of literacy.

Cambridge Road Café

This service aimed at working age or younger people living with dementia.
People living with young onset dementia require dedicated age appropriate services able to meet their needs and expectations, which are often different to many services tailored towards older persons. This often means they find themselves between the “gaps” between most of the services provided. The aim of this service is to try and fill this “gap”.

Fundamental to the ethos of the project is to equip all the users with a sense of ownership and investment in the group, with the ability to shape it and direct it so that it develops and grows and is tailored to meet their needs and desires.

The group is based in Brian Jackson House in Huddersfield Town Centre. We offer a once weekly activity centre / social centre/ café style environment and as the project grows we will be extending the range of services on offer.

There will also be an opportunity for carers and families and friends to offer a peer support network and cultivate a sense of community. Members and family will have the option to access specialist advice and be signposted to other relevant services.

There will be modest fee charged for session attendance and to cover the cost of refreshments and a light meal, sandwiches or similar. A team of staff and volunteers have the passion and commitment together with other partners to provide this much needed service to enable all users to continue to live well as valuable members of our communities.

For more information on these and any of our Community Connections services please contact Nikki Paxman Community Connections Project Manager on 01484 519988 or


Information on organisations that are helping people with dementia can be found at Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance or the Alzheimer’s Society.

You can also watch 2 short videos about how small changes can help make a dementia friendly community: