A RIBBLE Valley-based charity has launched a new dementia scheme aimed at supporting carers throughout the rural borough.

Crossroads Care, which is based in Clitheroe, has set up a scheme aimed at better aiding people who care for dementia suff-erers across the Ribble Valley through providing new activities.

The charity, which was established 25 years ago, has received a grant from Lancashire County Council specifically for the scheme which includes the setting up of community choirs and luncheon clubs.

The charity has used the funding boost to join with The Little Green Bus service to transport sufferers from rural areas into Clitheroe for the sessions, giving the carers time off. The scheme launch comes shortly after the council’s pledge to become a ‘Dementia Friendly Council’ by next year.

The council published figures recently predicting that more than 500 people suffer with dementia in Ribblesdale area of Clitheroe.

Ann Roberts, a trustee at Crossroads Care, said: “It’s great news that we have secured this funding for the new scheme and I hope it will make a big difference.

“There are a lot of carers out there who look after people who suffer from dementia 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and they need proper attention. It’s a full-on role and sometimes they forget to look after themselves, which is our role.

“If the new activities can provide at least a few hours of rest for the carers then that’s a very positive thing.”

Hilary Wood, a development worker at the charity, said: “This is a vital scheme that will help a lot of people throughout the Ribble Valley.

“It provides fun activities for people who suffer from dementia and allows us to continue helping their carers, who are also welcome to come along.”

For more information call Hilary on 07730 421990.