Merger will strengthen both charities’ commitment to supporting people with young onset dementia
Two of the UK’s leading dementia care charities have merged. Dementia UK is the only UK charity dedicated to supporting families facing dementia through dementia specialist Admiral Nurses. YoungDementia UK is the national charity for people affected by young onset dementia.
The merged charities will continue to operate under the name Dementia UK, to provide a stronger, unified, more influential voice for people living with and affected by young onset dementia – that is, anyone diagnosed with dementia under the age of 65, and their families.
Dr Hilda Hayo, CEO of Dementia UK and Chief Admiral Nurse, said, 'Dementia UK and YoungDementia UK have worked together successfully for years and this is an excellent development, and natural progression, for both charities. Now, more than ever, families impacted by dementia need empathetic, specialist support, and the coming together of these two charities will greatly expand our knowledge, expertise and capability for supporting families facing young onset dementia.'
Tessa Gutteridge, Director of YoungDementia UK, said, 'YoungDementia UK is dedicated to supporting people diagnosed with dementia under the age of 65. We recognise the very different impact young onset dementia has on the person and their family. Joining forces with Dementia UK will help us amplify the voices of those dealing with this difficult condition and reach even more people with specialist advice and support. Together we are committed to making a greater difference to people living with young onset dementia, and their families.'
The service offering of both charities will continue unchanged for the time being, with the view to enhancing these services in the future. The Young Dementia Network and the Young Dementia Oxfordshire support offering will continue under their existing names. All YoungDementia UK staff have become Dementia UK employees from today.
Please know that we will continue to be here for you and we will keep you updated as we invest in and develop the work we do in relation to young onset dementia.
About Dementia UK
Dementia UK provides dementia specialist support for families through our Admiral Nurse service.
If you need advice or support on living with dementia contact Dementia UK’s Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline on 0800 888 6678 or email email@example.com. The Helpline is staffed by experienced Admiral Nurses, who give vital support by telephone or email
About YoungDementia UK
YoungDementia UK is the national charity dedicated to working with people affected by young onset dementia to provide them with information, support, connections and resources to help them to adapt and live life
The Young Dementia Network is an initiative for people living and working with young onset dementia. The Network pursues a common purpose to influence policies, improve services and create resources