A new service offering help and support for people with dementia was launched in North Yorkshire.
It is paid for by the North Yorkshire County Council and clinical commissioning groups throughout the county and will be free for families and caregivers living with the disease.
Dementia Forward is managing the service, previously delivered by Making Space, which will provide access to information, advice and support so that people know where to go for help.
Richard Webb, Director of Health and Adult Services of North Yorkshire, said: "Dementia onwards provides highly responsive individual support to people living with dementia and to the people who care for them. The goal it is helping people living with dementia and their family, friends or carers feel empowered and informed so that they can make choices after their diagnosis. "
The services offered include a line of assistance with home visits, the reporting of other aids, training programs and a series of social and welfare activities that are part of the county's Bring Me Sunshine dementia strategy.
The managing director of Dementia Forward, Jill Quinn, said: "The assignment of the contract throughout the county is extremely important as we have hoped that all those living in the county can access the same quality of care and support for dementia.
"Our services are designed to provide the right support at the right time and from the first conversation we can open the doors to the things people might need. We reach this goal by working closely with colleagues in health and social care services and other volunteer organizations, as well as the wonderful support provided by volunteers and local communities ".
- The dementia forward roadshows take place during May through North Yorkshire. For information contact the helpline on 03300 578592 or visit www.dementiaforward.org.uk