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YoYo Young Onset Support Group (North London)

YOYO is a self-organised and self-financed group which started in North London in 2015. Our members are people living with various forms of young onset dementia, at different stages, and their partners/carers. Members are welcome both with a partner/supporter and as individuals.

9 January 2019
Local Alliances:
Haringey Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We meet regularly on Friday afternoons and cover a range of activities
together, often with the support of a number of guests. These include
exercise through yoga, Otago and dance; guided and experiential
discussions including cognitive stimulation therapy; music and singing
together, as well as social time for a chat and a cuppa. We have
contributed to London’s manifesto to become a dementia-friendly
capital city. Sometimes we invite other guests to discuss new ideas
for different activities.

In addition to our Friday meetings we get together at other times
during the month, depending on what’s going on and our areas of
interest: e.g. a regular guided history walk in different parts of north
London; cycling; and monthly carers’ evening meal at a local
restaurant. Our monthly calendar also aims to capture other
dementia-friendly events and activities organised by other individuals
and organisations as and when they arise.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

We find it difficult to recruit new members, always looking for new people.

2. Actions