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Dementia charity offers support in Burton Leonard

Dementia charity offers support in Burton Leonard

Published at 10:32am 9th May 2017. (Updated at 12:05pm 9th May 2017)

Ripon-based charity Dementia Forward has officially opened its first community hub.

The centre is based in a former chapel in Burton Leonard and will be used by people with the condition and their carers.

Services on offer at George Armitage House include support groups, hairdressing, chiropody and a cáfe which is also open to villagers.

Dementia Forward was launched five years ago and now helps more than 1,400 families across the Harrogate District and beyond.

Chief Executive Jill Quinn said: "We had our birthday conference, our birthday celebration and now we open our first hub, and I want this to be the first of many. I'm hoping people will recognise it as a really good model and then we can dot them around in other areas of North Yorkshire.

"What this gives us is some stability, the helpline will run from here, so it's going to be a great focal point for our charity."

The project has been supported by Valerie Armitage, who provided funding for the centre in memory of her late husband, George.

She said: "I think they're doing an incredible job and it's not easy. I just hope they get lots more funding, because they need it.

"There's so many more people with dementia and so many more people realise that it's a problem that the medics haven't been able to cure yet."

Dementia Forward community hub

Dementia Forward supporters at the official opening of George Armitage House