It is now almost 11 years since the public meeting took place which was pivotal in the way that Debenham 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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Have your Say: The University of Suffolk is working with us, and the Parish Council, exploring the health,social, and community support for all older people in Debenham and the surrounding villages. We hope that this will not only lead to a plan to support our local health and social care services, but also provide real data to persuade Suffolk's local authorities and NHS to invest more in our community. More ......

Restarting the Project : Now the Government has formally relaxed the requirements for social distancing and mask wearing we are firming up on our plans to re-open our clubs and meetings in Dove cottage from the beginning of September. Our transport service for medically related appointments has already resumed.More ..........

We have developed an integrated set of on-line activities to help everyone who feels isolated to cope with being unable to meet with their friends. We call this our "Well-Being Package" which contains four segments of activities - Relaxation, Singalong, Exercise, and Nature - which have each been specially designed to help anyone who may be struggling to care for a loved one, worried about the future, depressed, emotionally low, and tired. It brings together Exercise, Relaxation, Music, and Nature to offer support in your home. We hope that by logging on and regularly participating you feel more able to look forward to coping with the day to day problems and, for a while, able to relax and be refreshed. You will find this on our On-Line Resouces page

Check our News page and our Online Resources Page for updates (last update 05/10/20 that includes Lynden's latest letter) and sources of help.

Please stay safe at this difficult time.

Dementia Together.This is the Suffolk-wide dementia support service which is encouraging community-focused help for anyone concerned, or already living, with the impact of dementia on their lives. The Debenham Project is a founder partner. The service provides a helpline for advice , information, and "a listening ear" with the follow-up of experienced and personal support. If you are struggling please call to make contact. For more information click here  or visit

Information and Advice
01728 862003
A personal service to guide carers in their requests for information and in making contact with support agencies.