Dementia Action Week (May 21st – 25th) event

Alzheimers SocietyAs one of the events taking place during Dementia Action Week (May 21st – 25th), there will be two free performances of ‘Don’t Leave Me Now’ – a play about dementia. The performances will take place at St Wilfrid’s Parish Hall, at 3pm and 6.30pm

You can find more information here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dont-leave-me-now-a-play-about-dementia-tickets-43339840630

Tickets are free and groups are welcome. Any donations received on the day will go to Alzheimer’s Society.

Join the Which? campaign to fix the care system

Compassionate Elder CareThe Consumer Association (Which?) is campaigning to get the Government to fix the care system, as a matter of priority. Which? estimates that ‘the care home population is already bigger than the City of Manchester and it’s set to grow rapidly over the coming years’.

As increasing numbers of care homes are closing, there are insufficient places for people who need them.  Care homes are struggling to provide the care which individuals need. For some residents this can mean that they are not receiving adequate care, or are having to move to another care home when their existing care home closes. To particpate in the Which? campaign, please follow this link:  https://campaigns.which.co.uk/care-system

April 1st price increases – act now to avoid them

Piles of poundsCome April 1st, there will be several price increases. For further information, please visit our ‘Alerts’ page.  If you act now, you might be able to avoid them!

If you want to find out how to make savings on goods and services, and also how to stay ahead of the scammers, why not subscribe to the Money Saving Expert’s newsletter? Follow this link for further information.

Could you be entitled to the ‘marriage allowance’

HMRC 3Remember when David Cameron was Prime Minister and he was promoting the institution of marriage? No? Well as part of this, the marriage allowance was initiated. People who are married or in a civil partnership are eligible. Like some other allowances and benefits, the uptake has been described as ‘shockingly low’. To find out how this allowance works and if you could apply for it (very simple, apparently) please follow this link. Free money ….. how can you lose? Even if your partner has died since April 5th 2015, you could sttill apply.

No mental health beds in the Harrogate district – a real risk

MH maleThe approved plans for a specialised facility to be built on the outskirts of Harrogate have been put on hold, pending the outcome of a local consultation. There is the possibility that patients will have to travel out of the district to receive care. For patients living with dementia this would be extremely stressful – away from familiar surroundings and people.

To find out how you can express your views and attend a public event to discuss this issue, please visit our ‘Have your say‘ page. There are less than 2 weeks to make your views known.