It is now almost 8 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.
Contact Us For further information about the project ring 01728 862003 or email
Reflections on the Debenham Project. In an interview given for a Welsh Government meeting Lynden Jackson describes how the Project came into existence, its philosophies, achievements and vision. See the videos on this page
A new home for our "Advice and Information Display". The Debenham Library, now at Sir Robert Hitcham's Primary School, are very kindly hosting our display of leaflets and booklets following the transfer of the Post Office to the Co-op. The library also stocks a number of recommended books and will help you access quality information via the internet.
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Dementia help and support - a new initiative. Dementia support for carers and those they care for is changing. A new community-based approach involving The Debenham Project will be launched in April 2017 which aims to focus on encouraging local support. A network of local dementia friendly and active support projects is being created which will offer immediate, personal and continuing support to those who are having to cope with the impact of the illness on their lives. More . . .
"One-to-One" family support is here. Many families successfully manage to cope with the impact of dementia on their lives in the earlier and middle stages of the illness without the intervention of the NHS and Social Services. However, they often say that they felt left to cope on their own one following the initial diagnosis and that they periodically would value being able to periodically contact someone familiar for assistance at times of difficulty. More . . .
Trustees Report and Accounts. 2015/16 proved to be another successful year for The Debenham Project. It continues to be an innovator and leader in community-based dementia care. It provided over 200 person sessions of support to family carers and those with the illness in through a wide variety of groups, activities and services. More here and here
Information and Advice
A personal service to guide carers in their requests for information and in making contact with support agencies.