The Recovery College at Deepdale has launched a new Dementia Hub which will bring together a range of local support services to one central and accessible place.

Held monthly, the Dementia Hub will provide a regular opportunity to simply drop-in and ask questions, learn what support you may be able to access, and to spend time with other people living and caring for people with dementia.

Preston Dementia Hub will be held on the third Wednesday of each month at Recovery College @Deepdale, next door to the Minerva Centre at Deepdale Stadium (off Lowthorpe Road), from 11am to 1pm. The next session will take place on Wednesday 16th November.

Chris Lawson from Alzheimer’s Society said:

"Finding the right help at the time that's right for you can make all the difference for living well and from reducing frustration and pressures from building. Preston Dementia Hub is about giving people living with dementia and carers somewhere they can go in person when they have questions or just when they want to call in for a brew and a chat and to see what's new in Preston."

Dementia describes a range of symptoms that over time can affect memory, problem solving, language and behaviours.

These can cause to day to day challenges, create barriers to our community life, and make it additionally important not only to plan for the future but to know what's available today.

Preston Dementia Hub is another way to access in-person support and information and to keep up to date with what's available to help.

Working in partnership to ensure the local community can access a wide range of support, the Dementia Hub will initially bring together experts from The Recovery College, Preston North End Community and Education Trust, Alzheimer's Society, Age UK, Rosemary and Time, NHS Social Prescribing Link Workers, and Lancashire Carers Service.

Suzie Smith, Recovery College Manager, explains:

“Our site at the heart of Deepdale aims to provide a safe, warm and friendly space for people to come together to learn about a variety of health conditions. Our courses and events are delivered by people with lived experience, we been there and want to help others access the right support and improve personal wellbeing.”

The Recovery College at Deepdale is a community-developed space that promotes health and wellbeing through courses, workshops and community opportunities. Preston’s latest Dementia Hub will offer a warm welcome to all with activities, specialist support and most importantly a brew and biscuit!

With the hope of developing a dementia peer support group to complement the Dementia Hub, Sophie Dunn, Support, Time & Recovery Worker, said:

"We want to listen to what attendees tell us they want from the sessions, and what more we can build from it together."