NHS Charities Together

Dementia Friendly Keighley has recently received £75,000 from NHS Charities Together which is to be used to benefit the ethnically diverse communities in Keighley through tailored and culturally appropriate support for people with dementia and their families.

The funding bid was supported by the Act as One health and care partnership for Bradford district and Craven and will be used to recruit a minority ethnic project worker to engage with communities, encouraging them to access early intervention, awareness events and support culturally appropriate home-based assessments and rehabilitation. It will build on existing work undertaken by Meri Yaadain, a project set up in 2006 to explore the impact of dementia on South Asian families with health support provided by Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Our community coordinator will focus on increasing community engagement with the services available to them, raising awareness of dementia, understanding the barriers people face when accessing services, and encouraging people to seek early intervention and support.

The funding will also support additional home-based occupational therapy that will provide tailored consultations and support including self-management and education for people living with dementia as well as their family network.

Julie Lintern, manager for Dementia Friendly Keighley, says: “Dementia Friendly Keighley has made great strides in developing culturally appropriate services for the communities we serve. This funding will help us build on this work including a specific community engagement role that will help us in our efforts to engage with people so they know how they can access support. In addition we will be able to improve home-based care that should reduce the need for people to be admitted to hospital as they and their families are more confident in managing their health at home.”

The NHS Charities funding is being targeted at supporting work in tackling health inequalities across the area, through delivering grassroots help to those with long term health conditions and people most at risk or experiencing poor health outcomes and reduced life expectancy. The funding will also be targeted at reducing inequalities for people most affected by the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19.

We look forward to updating you on the project in the months to come.

NHS Charities Together is the national charity caring for the NHS, for more information please visit https://www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/

21st September 2023

DFK talking to the ladies luncheon group at Keighley’s Highfield Centre. Lovely lunch followed by a talk on dementia with lots of interactive discussion. Our thanks to Zatoon and others at the center for inviting us to speak.

19th September 2023

DFK giving a talk to gentleman of the Jamia Mosque in Keighley. Raising awareness of dementia in the community.

30th August 2023

DFK were delighted to be part of a Carers event to raise awareness of dementia in the South East Asian community in Keighley. It was a collaboration event with speakers from DFK, Meri Yaadain and Roshni Ghar and an important part of the work DFK do in diverse communities. Thanks to all involved

15th August 2023

DFK has been marking Pakistan Independence Day, we dressed our window to create interest for people as they passed by, we shared some great food together and had amazing conversations learning about the history. It helps to bring communities together for the benefit of all. DFK aims to be at the heart of that to support people affected by Dementia

14th August 2023

From our social media posts. Why not call into DFK today and meet the team who are marking Pakistan Independence Day. If you have concerns with memory and would like to speak to someone in a community language just pop in to the Centre today.

The day was a great success: https://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/23730144.dementia-friendly-keighley-strives-address-inequalities/

11th July 2023

Yesterday DFK were in the Banking Hall at Santander in Keighley raising awareness of dementia amongst all communities as we chatted to lots of lovely customers.

28th June 2023

For everyone celebrating today, DFK would like to say Eid Mubarak

25th June 2023

Keighley Asian Women and Children’s Centre (KAWACC)
Today Happy to welcome Dementia Friendly Keighley to talk to the ladies about symptoms of Dementia – had a lively and animated discussion.

It’s so important to raise awareness across all communities to ensure families are able to access the support they need when faced with Dementia. Thank you to KAWACC Centre for welcoming Dementia Friendly Keighley

7th June 2023

Day 2 of Carers Week and our new volunteer Nusrat was raising awareness in the Airedale Shopping Centre. DFK is here to support you if you are caring for someone with Dementia call 01535 602529 for information on our services

21st April 2023

Wishing a blessed Eid to all who celebrate it – from everyone at DFK.

April 2023 – Videos launched in Pothwari – understanding dementia

Click the link to go to the series of 8 short video clips narrated in Pothwari by Maria Hussain,

“Communities from ethnic heritage are more likely to experience a lack of understanding from family, relatives or the wider community about dementia and its impact”. says Maria.
“I’ve made this series of short videos because, within our ethnic community, if we have problems/concerns around our memory or we become forgetful we do not tend to access support services such as the GP.” The videos focus on recognising what dementia is; common signs of dementia; seeing support and getting in touch.

April 2023 – DFK Newsletter

As part of our ‘Health & Inequalities project’ we have made a series of 8 short videos narrated in Pothwari (a dialect of Punjabi) to share in the BAME community.

There is no written version of Pothwari, its more an informal street language, so we are hoping to reach new audiences. They feature Maria Hussain, talking about seeking support if experiencing memory loss or confusion, and her role as an Occupational Therapist on the project.

Dementia Awareness Videos (1 – 8) narrated in Pothwari (a dialect of Punjabi).

15th March 2023

Today Councillor Mohsin Hussain paid a visit to DFK to meet Lesley Ord and Maria Hussain to look atways of raising awareness of Dementia around ethnic minority groups.

8th March 2023

On Monday Dementia Friendly Keighley was at Ling House Surgery raising awareness of Dementia with patients. Here’s Lesley chatting to Sharon the Practice Manager. If you know someone affected by Dementia who needs help don’t hesitate to drop in or give us a call on 01535 602529

6th March 2023

Bringing equality, diversity and inclusion to life

Dementia Friendly Keighley (DFK) are working on a “Health and Inequalities” project with Bradford District Care Foundation NHS Trust, the aim is to raise awareness of dementia amongst the Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in Keighley and district.

Did you know there are five main South Asian languages and no word for dementia
in any of them?

Working with an Occupational Therapist from the home-based memory rehabilitation
programme, which is designed to provide practical support for people who experience memory difficulties in their everyday lives. DFK are going into community centres, working with social prescribers and health coaches to raise awareness and
hopefully create referrals.

The photo below shows Occupational Therapist, Maria Hussain (seated), with staff and locality workers from Carers Resource, where DFK were invited to share information on signposting people from the BAME community to the project

March 2023

Bradford Dementia Network newsletter – produced by the Alzheimers Society

Dementia Friendly Keighley volunteers took part in a Cultural Awareness session
delivered by our Patron Akhlak Rauf of Meri Yaadain (my memories). Understanding ourselves helps us to support others. Unconscious bias, culture, faith, migratory experiences and transitions in communities were all areas covered.

It was a great session, providing insight and creating awareness. It was really well
received by everyone and as you can see above …. we all got certificates.

17th February 2023

Facebook and Twitter

Today the DFK volunteers took part in a cultural awareness session delivered by our Patron Akhlak @MeriYaadainCiC The session shed light, provided insight and created awareness thank you so much for your valuable input

8th February 2023

Yesterday Dementia Friendly Keighley visited North Street Medical Practice to raise awareness of Dementia in the ethnic minority community.

Here’s Maria Hussain who’s working in partnership with DFK talking to Caroline and Shaeda from the surgery. Many thanks to the team for their welcome

9th Novemebr 2022

DFK presenting and awareness of dementia to the men’s group at Highfield Community Centre

18th June 2022

Haqique will be holding an information stall in the Airedale Centre this morning. Raising awareness of Dementia within our communities- Dementia Friendly Keighley is open Monday-Friday 10-4pm.

Call in or make an appointment- we are here to support you

10th June 2022

Dementia doesn’t discriminate, it can impact all communities. Michigan researchers found that Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual People May Face Higher Dementia Risk Later in Life

Caring for someone with dementia can be extremely tough, same-sex couples can face additional obstacles, gay relationships should be accepted without prejudice.


9th June 2022

All set up for the Carers event in the Airedale Shopping Centre, come along there are a range of information stalls and an opportunity for carers to have a quite cuppa.

1st May 2022

Wishing a blessed Eid to all who celebrate it – from all at DFK.

29th April 2022

Dementia Friendly Keighley will be at Asda in Keighley tomorrow (30/04/2022) we will be raising awareness of dementia within the BAME community.

Sat 30 th April 2022 – Bingley Road, Keighley BD21 5

29th April 2022

Dementia is misunderstood within some communities – we hope to create a better understanding of the disease and also offer support to those caring for people living with dementia.

If you would like to speak to our team Haqique (from DFK) Maria (from the Care Trust) and Akhlak from Meri Yaadain) please come over to our stall for a chat. We will be there from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm.

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