On April 23rd 2009 a public meeting took place which was pivotal in the way that Debenham in Suffolk and its surrounding villages are addressing the challenges that dementia and our ageing population represent. It has led to a community owned and led project in which Debenham has said "we must get on and do something". Since its formal launch in October 2009 local volunteers have developed a range of local dementia support services second to none in the UK. Over the years since then it has been recognised for its innovation and leadership, and Debenham has become the UK's foremost rural "Dementia Friendly Community" within the scope of the "Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia". Our aim is to help all those families in our area who are having to cope with the impact of dementia on their lives - to offer them the practical and emotional support which can make "living with dementia" a better place than when they were "on their own" - to show that that their community cares and wants to support them in their difficulties - and that there are those around them that have "been there" and understand the problems and emotions that they are going through.


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Father and daughter discussing medication

Lady looking at old photographs

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Made it! - Roz Brooks has just completed her challenge to cycle all the way from Land's End to John O'Groats and raised almost 2,000 so far which is to be shared between The Debenham project and Norwich Mind - Well done and so very many thanks. More

Way back When reminiscence group launched: Everyone enjoys a good old natter about the old days and there is something special about bringing back memories of the 40s, 50s, and 60s - enjoy talking about the hobbies, the activities, the events, and what Debenham was like all those years ago.

The Debenham Project goes to Wales ....: The innovative approach of The Debenham Project has been recognised in Wales with requests to share our ideas and approach. We present our ideas and achievements in Porthcawl. The Welsh government comes to interview us in Debenham. More.

The Four Mile Rule: Following our visit to Wales we have produced a slide presentation which narrates the story of The Debenham Project. Presentation or PDF file

Sports Relief Grant: Very many thanks to Sports Relief for their generous grant of £1,000. They are one of the few who are anxious to help support community-based projects to be sustainable - thank you.

Wales comes to Debenham:  The Welsh government is concerned that community-based care for families coping with the impact of dementia is inadequate, and have asked The Debenham Project for their thoughts on how to make this better. We have given an interview about what we are trying to do our best  in Suffolk to address the problem. See the video.

Edition 3 of “This is The Debenham Project” is now available. (Click on thumbnail below)

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