On Wednesday 5th October Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support (BIADS) will host an open day, and is inviting people from across the Barnsley Borough to attend. This includes people with dementia, carers, health professionals and individuals / organisations interested in fundraising and volunteering opportunities.

BIADS offers a full-range of free services and activities to people with dementia and carers of all ages and abilities. A number of these activities will be demonstrated on the day including circle dancing, gym sessions and a singing group. Attendees will be welcome to either watch, participate or ask questions.

Taking place between 10.30am – 3pm, visitors will also be able to talk to BIADS’ staff including carer support workers, and those responsible for fundraising and volunteering. BIADS’ Chief Officer, Linda Pattison, says:

“Those that already attend BIADS view staff and fellow members as part of their extended family. We know a diagnosis of dementia can be devastating, but with the support we offer, no-one needs to feel alone or that life is over. We are all about encouraging people to live well with dementia both mentally and physically. This includes both the person with the illness and carers, and we want as many as possible to join in and benefit from what we offer.”

The open day will also see Barnsley Mayor Coun Linda Burgess officially open BIADS’ multi-sensory room, which has been created using funding from Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group and the Big Lottery Fund. The room will be designed to either stimulate or relax the senses via sound, sight touch and smells.

For more information about the open day please contact BIADS on 01226 280057 or email: Biads@btconnect.com