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Dementia Support Centre Opens For Town's 3,000 Sufferers

Thursday January 9 2014

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A DEDICATED dementia support centre funded by voluntary donations has been officially opened.

Barnsley Independent Alzheimer and Dementia Support (BIADS) opened the centre after more than £36,000 was raised in eight months and it received grants from the Barnsley Health and Social Care Innovations Fund.

The charity, founded in 2008, offers support and activities for people with dementia and their carers.

The centre, at Joseph Exley House, on Dean Street, Barnsley, was opened by council leader Sir Steve Houghton.

BIADS had previously split its services between two sites - Barnsley Community Build and Sheffield Road Baptist Church.

Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher said it was an 'honour' to be patron of the charity.

"The move to their new dedicated support centre is very welcome," he added. "It will allow their great team to provide more fantastic services for local people and their carers.

"With some 3,000 people in Barnsley currently suffering from dementia, it's a much-needed centre.

"The fantastic work BIADS do in helping their ever growing number of members cannot be overstated."

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Reply Posted by purpleirene on Thursday January 9 2014 at 15:56
dementia/alzheimers is a vile disease i lost me mam to it i hope this centre can bring some respite to those suffering and their carers

Reply Posted by Lyn Fawcett on Thursday January 9 2014 at 16:58
This is such good news as my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at the end of last year.

Reply Posted by Kfc on Thursday January 9 2014 at 21:05
This is a evil and life destroying illness.it has changed our lives forever and such a early age.

It's a illness that's finally being recognised. Thank you to all that support this good cause.