CARE organisations have teamed up with Alzheimer’s Society to provide a single Dorset-wide Memory Support and Advisory Service.

The partners working on the project are NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS Dorset CCG), Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and Borough of Poole.

The new service is designed for anyone with memory loss or diagnosed with dementia and their carers across the whole of Dorset.

People are able to refer themselves if they want to. It will ensure they get the local support from services they need to allow them to live well with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society will be increasing the number of support and social groups it runs for people with dementia and carers.

They will be looking to tailor these to the needs of people in each area.

Services will include one-to-one support, memory cafes, training for carers and pop-up groups for people living with dementia and carers.

They will also continue to support the creation of dementia friendly communities which have so far made a big impact in a number of communities in Dorset.

People going through the diagnosis process will be supported by a memory advisor to provide them with consistent support.

Dr Paul French from NHS Dorset CCG said: “We are pleased to be working together with our local authority partners and Alzheimer’s Society to provide this new service.”

Anyone concerned about their memory is encouraged to talk to their GP. For more information on please email or telephone 0300 123 1916.