Support for people with Dementia

Derby City Dementia Service

If you live in the Derby City area and you, or a member of your family, or a person you care for, experience the symptoms of dementia, then Making Space can support you to live an active and fulfilled life.

Making Space has a clear vision - you have the right to continue doing what you have always done, for as long as possible.

Visit the Making Space website for more information on the support they offer or call them on 01332 497640.

Alternatively you can contact the Alzheimer's Society's National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122 for information, support, guidance and signposting to other appropriate organisations. The helpline is usually open:

  • Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 5pm
  • Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm

Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline

The Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline is for anyone with a question or concern about dementia. From looking out for the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s, to understanding the challenges of living with someone with vascular dementia, specialist Admiral Nurses have the knowledge and experience to understand the situation and suggest answers that might be hard to find elsewhere. Call the Dementia Helpline on 0800 888 6678 or send an email to

The people who most often contact the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline are families caring for someone with dementia, whether that be Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, or one of the rarer types. The Helpline is also available to people with a diagnosis of dementia, those worried about their memory or the memory of a loved one, and professionals working in dementia care. Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline is for anyone who needs one-to-one support and practical solutions.

For more information, visit the website Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline

The Hardy Group - “Life Doesn’t End with Dementia”

The Hardy Group is centred on Derby and its surrounding areas. It is a thriving group of people living with dementia as well as current and past carers who, through their own experiences, support each other along their journey with dementia.

The group has a very wide age range from the under 60s to the over 90s!

They hold light-hearted social meetings and organise trips out to help all our members stay socially, physically and mentally active so that they can (and do!) live well with dementia. For more information, visit the Hardy Group website

Young Onset Dementia

Dementia is a life-changing condition to have at any age, but when you are young (working age) and believe you have a long and full life ahead of you, it presents different challenges. The period before and after diagnosis may be a very emotional time, as people adjust to living life with dementia. It is estimated that there are 42,325 people in the UK who have been diagnosed with young onset dementia. (Ref Dementia UK, 2nd edition 2014, Alzheimer’s Society). They represent around 5% of the 850,000 people with dementia.

The Young Onset Dementia Network provides information and advice about the condition that can help people positively manage their dementia. There is also a local group run by Making Space that meets at Elvaston Castle on the first Saturday of the month, contact Making Space on 01332 497640 or email for more details or download a copy of the Young Dementia UK Leaflet.

Dementia Strategy

Derby City Council and NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group developed a shared strategy which sets out plans for improving services for people with dementia in Derby. The strategy was informed by national guidance on dementia care as well as local information specific to Derby. 

The Strategy covered the period 2014-2016, prior to the development of Joined Up Care Derbyshire that aims to  improve care and support for local people through a shared approach by health and social care across Derby and Derbyshire. 

An updated joint strategic pathway to tackle the challenge of dementia will be consulted on and agreed in 2019.