Celebrating 20 years of supporting people 1998-2018 (annual review)

We are pleased to share with you our annual summary of YoungDementia UK’s recent activities, achievements and plans – this year is a special one as we are marking our 20th anniversary.

Over 1300 people in Oxfordshire have been supported during that time; they have told us about the significant difference we have made to their lives.  People like Des and Valli who have found our support so beneficial since Des received his diagnosis.

In the last year, our national activity has increased substantially and the Young Dementia Network is beginning to have a real impact.  42,000 people with young onset dementia in the UK should not, and need not, be alone with this complex, life-changing condition. Read the summary to find out more about how we are, together with people living and working with young onset, and with passion, energy and expertise, gradually bringing about changes.  

2017-2018 has been a challenging one for our finances and fundraising.  We have to invest to be able to grow and evolve in the future but it is demanding fundraising for well over 50% of our income in difficult times.  We are so grateful for the generosity of those who have helped us in so many ways over the last 20 years. Your support plays a vital part in enabling us to make a difference to the lives of people with young onset dementia, both nationally and through face to face support in Oxfordshire.

We hope you will enjoy reading ‘Celebrating 20 years.’  We know that the lifeline that we offer to people like Des and Valli is vital and valued, but there is so much more to  do to ensure that every person whose life is affected by young onset dementia can have what they need to live life.

Tessa Gutteridge

Download your copy of Celebrating 20 years here.

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