Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance

Achievements

National Finalist in the Alzheimers Society Dementia Friendly Awards 2015 - nominated for Best Dementia Friendly Community Initiative from over 300 applications.

Background

Kirklees has a population of just over 400,000 people, who come from a wide variety of social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. People from all walks of life will be affected in some way by dementia, irrespective of their gender, race, wealth, religion, social class or sexual orientation – dementia does not discriminate. It is estimated that there are almost 5,000 people living with dementia across Kirklees.

Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance (KDAA) has been formed with an ethos to involve as many people as possible in order to help make a “Kinder Kirklees” and a more compassionate community. It is a collection of stakeholders brought together to improve the lives of people with dementia in their area. Our members come from a range of organisations within the Kirklees community including bus companies, taxi firms, police, fire and rescue services, retail outlets, the local authority, charities, care providers and health trusts, CCG's, faith groups, local associations, schools and the business sector. 

  • KDAA will encourage and support its members to influence and improve environments with better signage, adaptations and staff training to enable people who are living with dementia, and their carers, friends and families, to access their products and services.
  • We will inspire and assist members to become more dementia friendly by facilitating access to training. 

Building on success ...our progress

Since our inception in May 2014 we have grown to 150 members and supporters - working together to create a 'Kinder Kirklees' for those with dementia. At the end of April 2016 we have created nearly 1200 Dementia Friends through our face to face sessions and we have over 40 Dementia Friends Champions within our network.

We are currently updating our register of trained Dementia Friends Champions - if you are a trained Dementia Friends Champion and are interested in delivering Dementia Friends sessions on behalf of KDAA please contact Elaine today!!

National DAA news

The latest edition of the DAA newsletter can be accessed from the homepage of this website.

Everybody Active - Supporting People With Dementia To Be Active - 18/03/2016

Many thanks to all who came along to this great event, there were over 150 delegates. We have uploaded pictures from the event onto our Facebook page. We are looking forward to working with all our members to become Dementia Friendly.

Launch of our Dementia Friendly High Street Pack

Dementia is on all of our High Streets, is your business, organisation or community working to become dementia friendly and aware? Find out how you can make simple changes to become dementia friendly.

There are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK with nearly 5,000 of these people living in Kirklees.  Consequently it is extremely important that we sculpt our town’s shops, businesses and communities into places where people with dementia feel safe, understood and supported while outside of their homes. 

During Dementia Awareness Week The Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance will launch a new High Street pack.  The pack will contain simple information, tips and guidance on how your business and local high street can become dementia aware and work towards becoming friendly. We can also provide a number of additional toolkits and resources if required.

We can deliver Dementia Friends awareness sessions to businesses, organisations, school and community groups (this takes approximately 1 hour)A dementia friend is someone who learns a little bit more about what it is like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action…small changes can make a huge difference to individuals living with dementia.

If your business, organisation or community is interested in improving the lives of people with dementia across Kirklees or you want to learn a bit more about what it’s like to live with dementia and make your community, business or organisation a dementia friendly environment please contact Elaine Bostock, Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance Coordinator, tel: 07854028219 or e-mail: ebostock@kdaa.org.uk

Making Space

Makin Space have drop in dementia sessions in Meltham and Moldgreen for those living with dementia, caring for someone with dementia, or if you are interested in finding out about dementia. Click on the link for timetable

 

Keep in touch

Please visit our Facebook and Twitter feeds (see the links below) - we use these social media channels to promote relevant local events, provide KDAA updates, support opportunities and dementia services. If you have something you want the supporters and members of the Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance (add the wider Kirklees community) to know - get in touch with our co-ordinator Elaine Bostock.

The Herbert Protocol Launch Event - 22nd June 2016

The School of Human and Health Sciences, in conjunction with West Yorkshire Police, Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance, Mencap Safe Places, The Students' Union and other external stakeholder groups, is delighted to announce that we will be hosting The Herbert Protocol Launch for the Kirklees area. Please click on this link for information and booking details.

Kirklees Council supports Police scheme for carers of people with Dementia

Kirklees Council and the West Yorkshire police are supporting the launch of the Herbert Protocol. This national scheme encourages carers to pull together vital details about the person they look after so that they can be used if they go missing.  Information might include medication, contact numbers, previous addresses and a recent photograph. 

In the event of the person going missing, the form can be given to the police so they don’t need to gather this information, saving important investigation time. The Herbert Protocol initiative is named after George Herbert, a War veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia.

For more information on the Herbert Protocol visit http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/dementia/herbert-protocol 

Anyone who is worried about their memory, or is concerned about someone they know, should call their doctor or contact Making Space, Kirklees Dementia Information Service by calling 01484 483083 or emailing jane.inglesfield@makingspace.co.uk. Help is also available from Kirklees Council’s Gateway to care on 01484 414933, gatewaytocare@kirklees.gov.uk where trained staff will put callers in touch with people who can help and support them.

Kirklees Dementia Factsheets  

Kirklees Council have collated information on services and support for people living with dementia and their carers across Kirklees. The fact sheets (which are available by locality) list organisations that can provide help and support.  To access these really useful resources please visit: http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/health-and-well-being/dementia.aspx

Kirklees Council have also updated their publication, Living Life to the Full - Living with dementia in Kirklees. This publication contains lots of useful information, advice and support for people with dementia and memory loss and help for their carers. Click on the link above to access the publication.

Safe Places Scheme

Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance is working in partnership with the Safe Places Scheme to support people living with dementia and their carers across Kirklees.Sometimes when we go out things can happen you may need some help.  You might have lost your bus pass, you may feel upset, confused and need a little help.  The Safe Places Scheme is somewhere you can go for help.  There is a network of Safe Places across Kirklees located in shops, offices and public buildings. 

For further information and/or to join the scheme, please click here or contact Samantha Jones on 01484 340811.

Smoke Detector Test Campaign - Tick, Tock, Test Your Alarm

West Yorkshire Fire Services are running their 'Tick, Tock, Test' campaign. Keeping your smoke alarm in working order saves lives. Test yours today. A free home fire safety check can be booked here or by calling 0800 5874536

Mears Home Improvements Kirklees - Dementia Support Service

Providing practical support and advice for people living with Dementia. Assistance can be given on how to stay safe and independent. Call 0800 032 4483 for more information

Surveys and findings

As part of our commitment to helping make Kirklees more dementia friendly, we conduct surveys to gather feedback and enable us to benchmark our progress to see if the levels of dementia awareness in Kirklees increase.

During October and November 2014 a total of 181 KDAA surveys were completed. The key findings include:

  • The words that came to mind for respondents when hearing the word dementia - loss of memory, confusion, old person/elderly
  • 12% of respondents thought that only older people get dementia. Responses indicate an understanding that it can also affect younger people
  • Signs of dementia - all respondents recognised that memory loss is a sign of dementia with communication problems and mood changes also being significant signs.  What is interesting is that less than half of the respondents recognise dementia as a disability
  • How many people in the UK and in Kirkees have dementia? Responses indicate that the general public do not understand the extent of dementia - this has implications for the understanding and support for people and their families living with dementia
  • What would a dementia friendly community mean to you? The common responses included support, knowledge, understanding and acceptance
  • On average 1 in 2 people know someone who has or has had dementia - however, 63% of respondents felt they were not well informed about dementia.

Click here to access our Final Survey Report Nov 2014 

 A key message from the survey findings is that more awareness of dementia would benefit all concerned. It would create an environment where people with dementia and their families would feel supported. 

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our survey - you can access the final report at the above link.

We want to encourage as many Kirklees residents as possible to complete our follow up benchmarking survey in 2015.  Watch this space for more information on this.

Contact

Please note our new contact details:

Elaine Bostock, Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance Co-ordinator, Email - ebostock@kdaa.org.uk  Telephone 07854 028219

Amanda Bloomer Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance Administrator, Email - admin@kdaa.org.uk Telephone 01484 411077

Alternatively you can get in touch with Adam Fletcher - Chair of Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance at adam.fletcher@ridleyandhall.co.uk (Office telephone: 01484 558863).

Should you wish to write to us, please mark your correspondence clearly for the attention of Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance and send it to our office base at Age UK, 12 New Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2AR.

Supporters of the Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance

As well as our members, who have submitted action plans and are listed on our page, we also want to acknowledge those organisations who have pledged their support to our local alliance and have committed to helping to make Kirklees a Dementia Friendly Community but are not yet in a position to become full members of the Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance.

We do however want to recognise the efforts of these organisations and are therefore pleased to announce that we have received such formal pledges of commitment from the following supporters:

  • FDSA (Disability Sport Yorkshire)
  • Kirklees Citizens Advice and Law Centre
  • Fusion Housing
  • Windsor Medical Centre
  • One 17 Design
  • Home Instead Senior Care (Calderdale)
  • Your Nuts Wholefoods Ltd

If your organisation would also like to be recognised as supporters, if you are not able to commit to full membership, please contact us and ask for a Supporters Application Form to be sent to you.  

Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm so far - we look forward to adding many more names to our lists of members and supporters in the future!

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