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Dementia services

There are specialist dementia services for older people in Blackburn and Darwen.

Hopwood Court

The day care centre at Hopwood Court (William Hopwood Street, Blackburn) is run by Age UK.  The centre provides day care Monday to Friday for mentally and/or physically frail older people, as well as people with dementia, to enable them to continue to live in their own homes or with a carer.  Transport to and from the centre is provided by specially adapted, wheelchair accessible minibuses with trained escorts.

The centre offers a wide range of person-centred therapeutic and stimulating activities including games, art and crafts, baking and cooking, armchair exercise, music sessions, reminiscence programmes and entertainment in addition to personal care services such as bathing and footcare. A freshly cooked meal is provided at lunchtime with all dietary needs catered for.

The centre runs several groups for people with dementia including the 'Joyful Noise' group where people with dementia can get together, sing and reminisce, carers are welcome too.

They also run regular courses to help people with dementia and their carers.

You are welcome to visit the centre at any time to look around and chat with staff, an appointment is not necessary.  You can contact Hopwood Court on 01254 692278.


Alzheimer's Society East Lancashire - support groups for carers

Alzheimer's Society East Lancashire run support groups for carers in East Lancashire, including a monthly meeting at the Carers Centre in Blackburn as well as meetings in Burnley, Clitheroe and Rossendale.  The meetings are open to people who care for and support people who have Alzheimer's disease or any form of dementia.  Speakers of interest regularly attend the meetings, giving carers the opportunity to ask questions and talk through their concerns. In addition to the support groups, their Dementia Advisor can provide individual information, advice and support for carers.  The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month from 1pm - 3pm at Blackburn with Darwen Carers Centre, Activity Room 2, Greenhurst Place, Blackburn BB2 1NA.  To view details of other local support groups in Burnley, Rossendale and Clitheroe click here and search for services using your postcode.

Dementia Action Alliance

People with dementia and their carers can also be part of the Dementia Action Alliance.  For more information please visit the Dementia Action Alliance website.

The Dementia Action Alliance have compiled a Dementia Directory for Blackburn with Darwen with details of local services for people with dementia and their carers. 

Download the Dementia Directory



'Singing for the Brain' group

The Alzheimer's Society run a 'Singing for the Brain' group in Blackburn for people with dementia and their carers.

'Singing for the Brain' offers the therapeutic benefits of music and singing to help improve the well-being and confidence for people with dementia and their carers.  Music can encourage the expression of positive emotions as well as enhance communication skills.  Each session, led by a trained facilitator, offers the opportunity to socialise, receive and give peer support, whilst engaging in a stimulating group activity. 

The group meets every Friday 12.30pm - 2pm at Trinity United Reformed Church Hall,  Brownhill Road, Blackburn BB1 9QY.  Please check the Singing for the Brain group event calendar by contacting 0333 150 3456 to check the group is running before attending.


Local dementia cafes

Carers and people with dementia go to the dementia cafes.  Often carers take the person they care for out for lunch and then talk to others about the problems they're experiencing.  Both carers and people with dementia can get advice and information and share tips.  There is support available from dementia advisers, occupational therapists from the memory assessment service, and some voluntary carers organisations too such as the Alzheimer's Society.

The cafés offer information and advice but most of all the chance to relax, and meet new people who really understand.  There is a video with more information about the dementia cafes on the East Lancs Dementia website:

The dementia cafe in Blackburn is based with the Carers Service at Kingsway, Greenhurst Close, Blackburn BB2 1NA and takes place on the first of Tuesday every month from 1pm - 3pm.    There are also dementia cafes in Great Harwood, Haslingden, Burnley and Nelson.  To view details of other local support groups  click here and search for services using your postcode.


Seniors Social Group - Darwen

For people with early onset dementia and their carers.  Are you fed up with staying in and having nothing to do? Do you want to get out and socialise?  We are a group of older people that meet every Monday 12pm-2.30pm at The Old Function room and Kitchen, 5/6 Watery Lane, Darwen.  If you want to have fun, take part in activities, meet other people then why not come and join us.  For more information please contact Maxine on: 01254 701232 / 07984 917637.  If you need transport please ask.


Blackburn with Darwen Carers Service

Too many times the Carers Service see carers reaching a crisis point before even getting in touch - please don't let this happen.  Please get in touch with the Carers Service as soon as you identify an issue or have a diagnosis for a loved one, as their carers advisers have a vast amount of knowledge and experience in these areas and will provide and co-ordinate all the support you need.  To find out more visit their website


Blackburn with Darwen Dementia Hubs

If you have a diagnosis of dementia or care for someone who does and need advice and support come along to the Blackburn with Darwen Dementia Hub.

The Dementia Hub will offer information and advice on a range of issues to reduce any worries, support you to make the most out of now and help you to plan for the future.

You can find more information on their Facebook page @DAABlackburnwithDarwen or by contacting Care Network Hub on 01254 292620.

Each session will have a guest speaker talking about themes that people living with dementia or carers of should find useful and helpful. They also provide an opportunity for talking, laughter and some fun.

Contact the Care Network Hub to find out more.

East Lancs Dementia Website

A new website has been launched with information about dementia services in East Lancashire:

The website features lots of useful information and advice about dementia and local services, such as what to do if you're worried about someone losing their memory, as well as advice on living with dementia.    

There are videos featuring staff members from East Lancashire dementia services, including: 

  • Dementia Advisers video - introduces the 3 Alzheimer's Society Dementia Advisors for East Lancashire and shows what will happen when the Dementia Adviser visits at home and what advice and information will be provided to the person with dementia and their carer(s):


Dementia Connect

Dementia Connect is the Alzheimer's Society's comprehensive online directory for anyone affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Through a simple location search, people with dementia and their carers can find the voluntary, statutory and private services which are nearest and most relevant to them.  To visit the Dementia Connect website please click here.


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Useful contacts

Alzheimer's Society - East Lancashire
Address: Lodge House, Cow Lane, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 1NN
Phone: 01282 421233


The Adult Social Care Customer Liaison Team is the first point of contact for all referrals and general enquiries. You can contact them from 8.45am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on (01254) 587547. When you contact us we'll discuss your situation over the phone, check that we've got all our facts straight and then follow this up with a visit to your home to discuss the best way to meet your needs.

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