Academy FM Folkestone

Academy FM Folkestone is the community radio station for the local area. We have a strong educational remit to work with members of the public , improving their communication skills, self-esteem and self-confidence. We address issues that are pertinent to our audience and volunteers such as health awareness, NEET problems, local events and issues. There are 5 paid staff members, 50 volunteers and 6 Directors.

Updated:
29 September 2014
Location:
South East
Sectors:
Communication
Local Alliances:
Kent Dementia Action Alliance, Shepway Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Academy FM Folkestone broadcasts to our local community.  We work with local people and will get them to drive the agenda on how to improve our community’s awareness of dementia.  We will work towards Outcomes 5 and 6; to make people feel valued and that they are being listened to; to allow others to understand how someone with dementia behaves in certain situations and what help that person needs in order to feel safe; to be understood by the local community and valued as a member of that community through interviews broadcast on our station made by carers and those with dementia for the wider community.  We will train carers and those with dementia to interview local members of our community such as the police, local service providers, shop-keepers etc about what it’s like to live with dementia.  Our model can be replicated in community radio stations across the country thus having a national impact on local communities’ comprehension and involvement in dealing with dementia in our society. 

2.  What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

We have limited funds to achieve these outcomes and this is a challenge to us.  We are a charity and rely on grants and donations in order to carry out our work.   We are constantly searching and applying for grants in order to achieve our educational projects.

We will also face challenges in finding the right people to do the interviews.  As we wish to include those with dementia as much as possible, this will prove a challenge in itself by the very nature of the illness.

We will face challenges in finding the right people to be interviewed.  These professionals will want to retain the respect of the community whilst understanding that some of their work practices may need to change in order to be more sympathetic to those with dementia.  We will endeavour to make every participant feel comfortable, valued and respected as a result of these interviews.

Member contacts

www.academyfmfolkestone.com

2. Actions

  • Approach local care homes to set up group work with carers and those with dementia on interview training for the radio.

    These group sessions will be part of activity sessions that the care homes run for day care patients.  They will provide a gender-neutral activity for these homes, and will generate ideas of areas/groups/individuals to interview that are relevant to those facing issues around dementia support. 

    Status:
    Planning

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

    2014 First Quarter Update

    2014 Second Quarter Update

  • Approaching community bodies to be interviewed.

    We have good links with the local police, council and many local shopkeepers.  It takes time to find the right person for the interview; to find someone who is willing to speak publicly about their side of the situation and  who is happy to be challenged and sometimes corrected yet retains respect and credibility.

    Status:
    Planning

    2013 - Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

    2013 Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

    2014 First Quarter Update

    2014 Second Quarter Update

  • Interview, broadcast and publicity of the broadcast

    To carry out the interview in a safe and comfortable environment for all concerned.  To edit and broadcast a useful and informative interview that is relevant to the audience.  To promote and publicise the activity and the interview and generate public interest and feedback to influence future interviews.  We then return to Action 1 and repeat the process, so Actions 1 and 2 become both planning and delivery actions.

    Status:
    Delivery

    2013 Fourth Quarter Update

    New member

    2014 First Quarter Update

    2014 Second Quarter Update