Younger People With Dementia - charity

PWD Berkshire West

YPWD charity (Berkshire) was established in 2012 our aim was to provide a range of support and ancillary services to younger people with dementia (those diagnosed below the age of 65), to their families and carers, within the Berkshire West localities covering Wokingham, Reading and Newbury. 

We sought to provide advice, help and support to enable people affected by young onset dementia to have a fuller life, offer assistance, whether practical, motivational or through a mix of communication, personal meetings and social events, to enable them to better cope with the challenges that faced them. 

We have since expanded to provide our services within the whole of Berkshire.

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Contact information

Younger People With Dementia
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Contact Name
Karen Ive
Contact Position
Service Delivery Manager
0118 207 2880 0118 207 2880 07500 806385 07500 806385
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Indigo House
Fishponds Road
RG41 2GY
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Costs and Fee Information

How is the service funded
Local Authority

Facilities and Accessibility

Premises near a train station
Premises on a bus route
Car Parking
Carers go free
Accessible parking
Accessible toilet
Free Parking
Additional Information

We aim to work closely with the NHS, local charities and Social Services to plug gaps in the provision that was not funded publicly, for example:

  • Education and social evenings for those affected by young onset dementia
  • Support groups and activities specifically for carers
  • Therapeutic and social projects such as gardening, walking, theatre and heritage outings
  • Support workers with specialist training
  • The provision of respite care for those affected by young onset dementia

Initial objectives to widen support for those affected by young onset dementia to:

  • Encourage the growth of services for YPWD throughout Berkshire using the Wokingham model as an example
  • Provide suitable training in dementia in younger people 
  • Raise awareness of dementia in younger people

Accessing this service

Age Ranges
Individuals diagnosed with dementia under the age of 65
Eligibility Criteria

It is recognised that not all people wish to participate in group activities or are able to access a group. We therefore provide 1:1 support so that people are encouraged to choose an activity that is of personal interest to them that can be carried out with the support of one of our respite workers.

Examples of 1:1 support are going for walks, going out for coffee or lunch, swimming, board games and attending local community projects. The 1:1 support has facilitated some individuals to volunteer for other charities such as Centre Point, thus promoting the individual’s sense of purpose but also enabling reciprocal support and learning.  1:1 support can lead to the individual then gaining the confidence to join a group, but in most cases it is offered where an individual has quite specific needs e.g. problems with sequencing or more severe impairment.

Booking and Registration Notes

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Referral required
Referral notes

Referrals for 1:1 support are made through the completion of the referral form.  These should then be sent via e-mail to or via post for the attention of Karen Ive, YPWD (Berkshire) CIO, Unit 9, First Floor, Indigo House, Fishponds Road, Wokingham, RG41 2GY, marked "Private and Confidential".

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