Over the coming weeks, thanks to funding from Staffordshire Together for Carers, Approach will be hosting Carer Wellbeing Sessions for people caring for someone with a dementia diagnosis.

Sessions are designed to improve the wellbeing of carers and equip them with the knowledge and awareness to prepare them for the caring journey. Carers will also be able to connect with further resources to help support them in their caring role – and have a greater awareness of what support is available in the local community.

See below for further information on our Carer Wellbeing Sessions, including dates and the schedule for the activities.

Sessions are free for carers to attend. Please book a place by calling 01782214999. We look forward to welcoming you to the sessions!

Approach Carer Wellbeing Session Schedule 8th September

Approach Carer Wellbeing Session Schedule 25th November

To find out more about Staffordshire Together for Carers, click here

Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Community Investment Fund has awarded Approach with over £15000!

The funds will help with the continual support and resources that those impacted by dementia require.

Approach Dementia Support is delighted to have the opportunity to develop the group services as a result of the funding through the purchase of RemPods. RemPods are portable environment decorations that can transform almost any indoor space to become a wide variety of different experiences. Some of these transformations include a tea room, the seaside and a disco room!

For people with dementia, having access to a familiar and comfortable space is vital to improving their wellbeing. The use of RemPods will enable us to deliver a new service that will transport local people with dementia to a different time and place.  In turn, this will facilitate socialisation and reduce isolation and loneliness.

Therefore, a huge Thank you goes out to Stoke-on-Trent City Council for your support!

Additionally, if you would like to hear more about how we will use RemPods, click here.

Finally, if you’d like to support us there are loads of really easy and fun ways you can get involved. For more information on donations, including how to donate click here.


As of 1st April 2022, the Approach office has been based at the Dementia Centre at the Douglas Macmillan Hospice on Barlaston Road in Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent (ST3 3NZ).

Since 2018, Approach and the Douglas Macmillan Hospice (Dougie Mac) have collaborated through a strategic alliance. The number of people being impacted by dementia are higher than ever. Therefore, cohesive dementia support has never been more essential.

That’s why Approach and Dougie Mac began our strategic alliance. Our goal is to ensure that local people affected by dementia get the right support at the right time. Through collaboration and cooperation, Approach and Dougie Mac will integrate quality dementia services for our heartland.

The Approach office are being sharing a building with Dougie Mac’s Admiral Nurse team, who specialise in advanced dementia support. Therefore, combined with Approach’s support for those with mild to moderate dementia, this move strengthens our goal of providing truly holistic dementia support for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

Stay tuned for more updates on Approach at the Dementia Centre, including updates on services run from the Centre!

Approach and The Dougie Mac have a shared vision to work together to integrate quality dementia services across our heartland of Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire. To read more about our Strategic Alliance with the Dougie Mac, click the link here.

Approach has received over £7,000 in funding from Staffordshire County Council’s Doing Our Bit grants programme!

This grant funding has meant that Approach can support more people affected by dementia across the region through our Dementia Wellbeing Activities. This includes reminiscence with Stoke City Football Club and personalised activity packs delivered to the homes of people with dementia by our Dementia Activities Officer.

Thank you Staffordshire County Council for your support!

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In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Approach are delighted to announce our 2022 London to Paris Cycling Challenge!

Be part of the next London to Paris Cycle event, one of the most amazing cycle challenges, to raise money for Approach Dementia Support. Taking you through an iconic English and French route, this challenge is perfect for cyclists of all abilities. We’ll look after you every step of the way. From training to fundraising to keeping you safe on the ride. This is truly a ride you will really enjoy, be challenged by, and celebrate for a long time after.

The ride can you all the way from London to Paris. Alternatively, you can join in virtually on a static bike or by a bike ride around your local area. Either way, you’ll be making a massive difference to local people with dementia and it’ll be something that you can truly be proud of!

Make this a journey to remember!

Follow the link below to get involved and do something incredible for your local dementia support charity:

Approach Dementia Support 2022 London to Paris Cycling Challenge

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We’re delighted to report that over £1,500 has been raised for Approach by Co-op members!

The funds were raised as part of the Co-op Local Community Fund. Every time members purchased Co-op branded products and services, 2p in every pound went to charitable causes, including Approach.

Thank you to Co-op and to its members for this fantastic donation! This  funding will make a real difference in improving the wellbeing of people affected by dementia across North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Click here to find out more about the services Approach offer for people affected by dementia.

And click here to find out more about the Co-op Local Community Fund.

We are delighted to have received £20,000 in funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery’s Postcode Local Trust!

The Postcode Local Trust supports charities and good causes to make a difference to their community for the benefit of people and planet.

Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have funded good causes in every postcode area in Britain.

Funding from the Postcode Local Trust will mean that Approach can continue to develop its services to improve the wellbeing of people affected by dementia across North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Thank you to the People’s Postcode Lottery and the Postcode Local Trust for your support!

To find out more about Approach’s services, click here.

To find out more about the Postcode Local Trust, click here.

With the current concerns about the Omicron variant and less face to face contact taking place, Healthwatch Staffordshire has set up a series of Zoom meetings, open to the general public, for people to talk to Healthwatch about their health or social care experiences or to ask our staff any questions they may have relating to health and social care.

Everyone is welcome to join, although we would advise if you wish to talk about something that is very private or personal it would be advisable to contact us in the traditional way, either by email at enquiries@healthwatchstaffordshire.co.uk or on their freephone telephone line 0800 051 8371.

Please join the meeting within 30 minutes of the start time – the meeting time will be extended for up to 90 minutes as required to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to raise or discuss matters that are important to them.


Dates and Meeting details as follows:

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Monday 17th January 1.30 PM

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Meeting ID: 843 3498 1777

Passcode: 478199


Tuesday 18th January 3 PM

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Meeting ID: 899 8560 5665

Passcode: 311871


Wednesday 19th January 9.30 AM

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Wednesday 19th January 1.30 PM

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Meeting ID: 840 5554 5552

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Thursday 20th January 11 AM

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Friday 21st January 1.30 PM

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The Community Foundation for Staffordshire

We are delighted to have received £1,000 in funding from the Community Foundation for Staffordshire’s We Love the Moorlands fund!

This funding will support Approach in delivering its Carer Support and Advice sessions across the Staffordshire Moorlands, including Cheadle, Werrington and Leek.

Thank you to the Community Foundation for Staffordshire for making a real difference to helping people affected by dementia across the Moorlands!

To find out more about the Community Foundation for Staffordshire, click the link below:


Leek Rotary Club Approach fundraisingWe are delighted to have received £6,000 from Leek Rotary Club!

The Club hosted a Nostalgic Car Extravaganza on Sunday 5th September, bringing the local community back together again after a difficult 18 months.

The money raised will support people affected by dementia across Leek and the surrounding areas through our Carer Support Cafes and our Singing Groups for local people with dementia.

Thank you to all who took part in the event and to the Leek Rotary Club for their fantastic fundraising work for Approach! We look forward to working with you again soon!