About Us

The Somerset Dementia Wellbeing Service is a collaboration between dementia services who are working together to improve diagnosis, enhance support in the community and provide an excellent, consistent service for people with dementia and their carers in Somerset.

The Service has been developed by those with lived experience of dementia and their carers, the voluntary sector, NHS Somerset, Somerset Council and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.

The Service has several elements including the Somerset Dementia Wellbeing roadshow which is being held in locations around the county to provide training and showcase support options available to people with dementia and their carers. We have developed this website together, and doubled the number of Dementia Support Workers (provided by the Alzheimer’s Society) in the county so that every person diagnosed with dementia can be connected with support in the community and guided through their next steps.

We have also commissioned a localised version of the Dementia Connect phoneline, 01458 251541, to connect people directly with the Dementia Support Workers team who can offer information and practical guidance to help people understand the condition, cope with day-to-day challenges and prepare for the future. We are working together to roll out free Carer’s Education Courses and provide dementia information packs to all who need them.

Mission Statement

The Somerset Dementia Wellbeing Service’s key goals are to:

Co-produce and improve diagnosis processes and performance and boost post-diagnostic support for all people in Somerset wherever they live or engage with services

Provide quick access to trusted, localised dementia information, physically, digitally and by phone call

Provide better dementia training for all carers, paid and unpaid, and all health and care staff involved in dementia care

To raise awareness of dementia across the county and make Somerset a dementia-friendly community

To provide more support, respite and opportunities for networking and peer support for all carers

More about the Somerset Dementia Wellbeing Service

Somerset Dementia – Candy Worf

Somerset Dementia – Peter Bagshaw

Somerset Dementia – Julie Woan