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Charity of the Year 2015 

After receiving over 50 applications from local and national charities, we produced a shortlist of 5 charities which we put to staff vote. Alzheimer's Society was almost unanimously voted as our new charity for 2015. We are delighted to announce that our Charity of the Year for 2015 is Alzheimer's Society!
We have already raised over £35,000 for good causes since 2008. Find out who we have supported here..

We thought that the best way for you to learn more about the charity and its work would be to let them explain - so read on to find out more!

Dementia & What We Do

The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, or a series of strokes. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually increase. We all suffer with memory problems and this becomes more noticeable with age – but this is a normal part of ageing.  Dementia is more than just forgetting where you put your keys or finding your glasses on your head.  It’s when you are finding normal day to day activities difficult and you are not able to do simple everyday tasks.  
In Reading and West Berkshire there are over 3000 people presently living with dementia and statistically we can estimate that just 52% have received a diagnosis.  Diagnosis is important as it enable people to access vital treatment and support.  
The Alzheimer’s Society supports people with all forms of Dementia and not just Alzheimer’s.  The most common forms of Dementia are Alzheimer’s and Vascular Dementia.   You can find out more about what we do and general information about dementia by visiting our website:

By 2015 there will be 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and numbers are set to rise to 1 million by 2025. Through our network of local services, we touch the lives of over 30,000 people in the UK every week, providing helpful services and support for people with dementia,  their families and carers. 

We have a strong presence in Reading and throughout Berkshire and actively support hundreds of local residents every week: 

Dementia Support Service and Information Provision

The Dementia Support Service provides one to one support to people with dementia, their carers and family members. The service is unique to personal circumstances and the information and support needed. 

Befriending Scheme 

Our befriending services provide personalised companionship for people with dementia or carers, either in their own home or during outings and activities in the community.
Empowerment Group – Kennet Valley Free Church 

Come along and have your say!  The group encourages people with dementia to speak out about issues affecting their lives. Monthly meetings held at Kennet Valley Free Church.
Singing for the Brain – Locations throughout Berkshire

Singing for the Brain is a service provided by Alzheimer's Society which uses singing to bring people together in a friendly and stimulating social environment.  It provides a way for people with dementia, along with their carers, to express themselves and socialise with others in a fun and supportive group.

Dementia Cafes – Reading & West Berkshire

Run at numerous locations in central Reading and throughout West Berkshire, the cafes provide an opportunity for people with dementia, as well as their families and carers, to meet regularly and talk about living with dementia in an informal social environment. 

Greyfriar’s Activity Group - Reading

Runs at Greyfriar’s Church. Open to people with dementia, their carers, families and friends.  
Gardening for the Brain

Weekly activities run at Firlands, Hollybush Lane, Burghfield Common.  Monthly meetings in winter months.

Stay Sharp Yoga – Newbury

Weekly classes, suitable for all abilities. Northcroft Lesiure Centre, Newbury
Getting in Contact

For any enquiries and to find out more details about our services contact:

Alzheimer’s Society
118 - 128 London Street
Telephone 0118 959 6482
E mail

Or, for West Berkshire:

Suite 35
Liberty House
Greenham Business Park
RG19 6HS
Telephone 01635 500869
E mail


Volunteering With Alzheimer’s Society
We are often looking for volunteers to help us run and support all of our services.  Please contact the Reading office on 0118 959 6482 .
If you are interested in volunteering for fundraising, please contact: Fiona Rackham, Community Fundraiser. Fiona is based at our Reading office.                           
You may also be interested in supporting us by raising funds, yourself.  Whatever, you want to do, you can find out how to get started by visiting our website: