YPWD (Berkshire) was established in 2012 and our aim was to provide a range of support and ancillary services to younger people with dementia (those diagnosed below the age of 65), and to their families and carers, within the Berkshire West area covering Wokingham, Reading and Newbury. 

Following consultation with carers and people with young onset dementia, there was an identified unmet need for respite opportunities.  Carers reported a reluctance to access respite because they deemed it not to be age-appropriate or meaningful for their relatives.  YPWD offers respite to carers through the provision of a number of different workshops for younger people with dementia throughout the working week.  A brochure of the workshops is produced every six weeks and people with dementia can access various workshops through the week, thus offering clear choice and a flexible approach to respite for carers.

Examples of workshops
A series of activity-based workshops are run across the working week in Berkshire. They were selected on the basis of current evidence of therapeutic benefit and following requests specifically by people with dementia and from carers’ feedback. The range of workshops offered have included choir, gardening, table tennis, walking, running, cycling, katakanoeing, badminton, art, photography, furniture restoration, bushcraft, indoor wall climbing, archery and dance.     

Service access criteria: Has a dementia diagnosis and is under 65
Connecting with others
Getting active
Healthy lifestyle
Day to day helping hand
Helping with money
Information and advice
Transport and getting around
Mental health
Support with housing
Support with employment
Support for carers
Managing a long-term health condition
Basic necessities (food/clothes)
Arts and creativity
Connecting with nature
Youth support
Social prescribing
Additional needs catered for:
Vision impairment friendly
Hearing impairment friendly
Wheelchair accessible
Learning difficulty friendly
Physical disability friendly
Dementia friendly
Takes place in the client’s home
Non English speaking friendly