Extra support at new centre in Barnsley

Michael Dugher MP
Michael Dugher MP

A new centre has been opened to give support to people in the Dearne with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support (BIADS) previously operated from two sites but has now brought its services under one roof at Joseph Exley House in Dean Street, Barnsley.

Around £36, 000 was raised for the new centre through the ‘Buy a Brick for BIADS’ campaign in which donators were asked to pay £15 for a brick in the new centre.

Contributions also came from the Barnsley Health and Social Care Innovations Fund.

The centre offers help in a number of ways, such as providing day trips, activity sessions and group support sessions.

Dearne MP Michael Dugher, charity patron, said: “BIADS’ move to their new dedicated dementia support centre is very welcome.

“This move will allow their great team to provide more fantastic services for local people and their carers. It is an honour to be their patron.

“With some 3,000 people in Barnsley currently suffering from dementia, BIADS’ dedicated centre is much needed.

“The fantastic work BIADS do in helping their ever growing number of members cannot be overstated. Their staff and volunteers are truly inspiring.”