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 As Dementia Awareness Week approaches local independent dementia support charity BIADS prepares to reach out into the community and work with TLC and extra care housing schemes in Goldthorpe and Royston.

TLC staff are holding events at Cherry Tree Court in Goldthorpe on Tuesday 22nd May and Westmeads in Royston on 23rd May to raise awareness of dementia and the support available in Barnsley from BIADS and other organisations. BIADS is a local dementia charity that guarantees all funds raised stay in Barnsley to help local people by providing emotional support, information and meaningful activities for carers and people with dementia.

TLC events start at 1:30pm on both days and there is plenty of fun planned for everyone, as well as information and innovative displays and talks on the latest help available. TLC dementia champion, Alison Durkin, has a passion for improving life for residents with dementia and Pam Evans of BIADS says, "We are so impressed with the work done by Alison with the support of the management of TLC Homecare and think the events organised will go a long way to change the negative way that people think about a diagnosis of dementia. There will be a presentation on "My Home Helper" which is a fantastic piece of assistive technology that will help a lot of people to live independently with dementia for longer. Anyone wanting to know about this innovative development should attend one of the events to check it out for themselves. This development really could change the face of dementia care for a lot of people."

Along with the Fire and Rescue service there will be a talk from BIADS on the support they provide for people with dementia, their carers and families. There will be refreshments, a raffle, cake decorating, jewellery and handmade crafts as well as a demonstration of Circle Dancing from Alison and her team and BIADS' staff. TLC and BIADS hope you will come along and join them in promoting 'dementia friendly communities' in your town. All funds raised will be donated to BIADS so they can continue their work in Barnsley.