Next week (21st – 27th) is Dementia Action Week. The goal of the week is to encourage people to take action to improve the everyday lives of those affected by dementia, working to create a dementia-friendly UK where those with dementia do not feel excluded.

There are 850,000 people in the UK who are affected by dementia. Despite common perception, dementia does not just affect the elderly, 40,000 people in the UK under the age of 65 suffer from early onset dementia.

During the week, everyone will be asked to take actions, both large and small to help make everyday life better for those with dementia.

If you are living with dementia, caring for someone with dementia, or are just interested to find out more, make sure you get involved in some of the amazing events happening in Derby over the coming weeks.

Here’s a quick round-up of events in Derby…

Friday 18th May

  • Dying Matters- What Can You Do?  Planning Ahead and End of Life info

Time to plan ahead?  Come and find out what is available and question the experts from:

Wathalls Funeral Directors, Dandelions Bereavement Support, Timms Solicitors, Age UK Derby & Derbyshire, Alzheimer’s Society, End of Life teams, Richmond Villages, Treetops, Making Space and the Royal British Legion.

Time: 10.30am – 2.30pm

Venue: Quad, Derby

For: Open to all

Bookings: Contact Joan at Wathalls for information and bookings

Tuesday 22nd May

  • Wathalls Virtual Dementia Experience

Wathall & Son Ltd have arranged for a Dementia Experience Virtual Training Event. This provides an insight into the sensory experience of someone with dementia, and how this impacts on their responses to everyday life Time 3 sessions during the day

Time: Three timed slots throughout the day

Venue: Wathalls Macklin Street office

For: Open to all

Bookings: Booking is essential. Please contact Joan at Wathalls for time information and bookings.


  • Dementia Friendly Film Screening ‘Matinee’ Calamity Jane

Friendly, relaxed film screening for people living with memory challenges, and their friends, families or carers.

Staff will welcome you and offer festive refreshments which are included in your ticket price. The film will be shown with an interval for your comfort, and actives and refreshments are available in the break.

Time 1.00pm

Venue: Quad, Derby

For: Open to all

Bookings: Tickets are £6, £5 concessions. Tickets for carers are free.

Booking is recommended as places are limited. Please telephone QUAD Box office 01332 290606

For transport contact Frances.


  • DHCFT supported by Making Space BME Community Q&A

An opportunity to question the health experts about dementia and memory loss and the support available.

Time: 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Venue: Gura Arjan Dev Gurdwara, 82,Dale Road, Derby, DE236QW

For: Open to all.  Interpreters will be available.

Bookings: Contact Derby City Dementia Support Service on 01332 497 640


Wednesday 23rd May

  • Making Space Dementia Awareness Event

A full and active day with a variety of speakers  Kevin Wilson former footballer and Carer.  Luke  Wilkinson from DCCT looking at wellbeing and the importance of exercise for both body and mind  including lunch. Children attending from school. Sewa ladies. Deep song by Sarah

Time: 10.30am – 2.00pm

Venue: Polish Centre, Keddlestone Rd.

For: Open to all

Bookings: Contact Derby City Dementia Support Service on 01332 497 640


  • Memory Cafe Launch

Richmond Villages Aston on Trent are working in partnership with Making Space Derbyshire to run a Memory Cafe. The Memory Cafe launches on Wednesday 23rd May. Refreshments will be served.

Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Venue:  Cafe Bar at Richmond Villages Aston on Trent, Richmond Drive, Aston on Trent, Derbyshire, DE72 2EA

For: People living with dementia and memory problems, and their family and carers.

Contact: For more information or bookings, contact Rosalind Nicklin on 01332 794300


  • Dementia Friend Briefing

Want to be a Dementia Friend?  Come to this session to get an understanding of dementia and small things that everyone can do to make a difference.

Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Venue : Timms Solicitors – in Cathedral Quarter

For: Open to all

Bookings: Call 01332 364 436


  • Screening of ‘Iris’ includes pre-screening introduction

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: Quad

For: Open to all

Bookings: Booking is recommended as places are limited. Please telephone QUAD Box office 01332 290606

Thursday 24th May

  • Creative Carers

Using technology to support family members with dementia

Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm

Venue: Haven House

For: Carers and their loved ones

Watch film clips, have discussions about the use of technology when supporting a loved one with dementia.

Group and 1-2-1 chats are available throughout the event, as well as free lunch.

Bookings: Essential, please contact Creative Carers or call 01332-227711

Friday 25th May

  • Intu and Making Space Joint Awareness Raising Event

Information and advice stalls about accessing local services, and promotional activities to support people with Memory Loss and Dementia.

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Venue: Eagle Market

For: Open to all

Bookings: Not needed – drop in

Tuesday 29th May

  • Dementia – A Patient’s Journey

Educational day for healthcare professionals, including: common types of dementia, diagnosis, signs, causes and management; early onset dementia; medications; patient/carer experience; managing behaviour; resources for patients; safe and timely discharge; and advanced care planning.

Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre, Education Block Royal Derby Hospital

For: Healthcare professionals who work with patients with dementia or have an interest in dementia

Bookings: Please contact 01332 340131

22nd – 25th May

  • Royal Derby Hospital; Dementia Support and Information Stalls

Providing information and advice about local services and about best practice for people with dementia and their carers.

Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Venue: Royal Derby, in the courtyard (near Boots)

For: Staff and visitors to the hospital

Bookings: Not needed, drop in