Almondbury Friends Café

We are a Christian organisation that seeks to help improve the lives of people in the local community, particularly those people affected by dementia. We open our doors on the first Thursday of every month from 2:30 to 4pm, and aim to provide a safe and relaxing space for all, whether a person with dementia, a family member or carer, or someone who wants a friendly cuppa and a chat. Dementia care and raising awareness is a priority for the group; we are passionate about making our community more dementia friendly, reducing stigma and improving the lives of those people affected by the condition. We have activities available, including specialist books and other activities for people with dementia, and we provide support and information, including a signposting service to help people on their journey. We offer prayer, serve refreshments, and one to one support is available too.

Updated:
31 July 2015
Sectors:
Care, Health, Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance, Yorkshire & Humber 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?

Through the Almondbury Friends café, we aim to create place that welcomes and accepts all people whatever stage of the journey they’re at. Dementia care and raising awareness is a priority for the group; we are passionate about making our community more dementia friendly, reducing stigma and improving the lives of those people affected by the condition. We will be building up resources to help, guide and signpost people to the best help for them, as well as specialising in emotional and spiritual support for all affected by dementia.         

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

We need people to attend! We hope to link in with local GPs and other services so that people will get to know us and start using our service. We have luckily got support from a local printing company who are printing our leaflets and posters free of charge, but our main challenge is getting ourselves known.

2. Actions

  • Improve our understanding of dementia and the understanding within our community

    Widen our resources to be better equip to help others to link in with existing agencies and services.  To access dementia awareness training available. To raise awareness of dementia within the local community including the local high school – creating joint working/training with schools, Kirklees council and West Yorkshire police, as well as other faith organisations.

    Status:
    Planning
  • To increase attendance and provide a service that is relevant and helpful

    To link in with others, to advertise, to equip ourselves so that we have something to offer if and hopefully when people come through the door, to increase our own knowledge and understanding so we are enabled to enable others. Develop a referral form for GPs and other agencies. Develop partnership with existing groups to dovetail the services offered.

    Status:
    Planning, Investigating
  • To support carers and family/friends as well as those people who have dementia

    To offer prayer, a listening ear, and a safe, comfortable environment. 

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • To enhance the quality of life of people who attend

    Offering tea/coffee, prayer, mutual support, signposting/resource service, meaningful activities.

    Status:
    Being implemented