Mirfield Rotary Club

Rotary International is a large non-political and non-religious global organisation which is committed to helping local and overseas communities and to which Mirfield Rotary Club belongs. Its motto is Service above Self. Rotary Clubs share their expertise with local businesses and organisations to deliver community projects from food banks to hospices, helping the elderly, organising educational programmes, projects and competitions for young people. Rotary helps support emergency aid to disaster hit regions throughout the world and helps people in developing countries. Rotary Clubs arrange activities to provide fellowship and the opportunity to meet new friends. The Rotarian Dementia Action group vision is to use members’ extensive experience, resources and Rotary network to support and promote Dementia related projects of all sizes at local, district and international level through providing a global platform for collaboration, education and support.

Updated:
18 July 2016
Location:
Yorkshire and Humber
Sectors:
Voluntary
Local Alliances:
Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, Kirklees 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?

Currently diagnosis rates for dementia in the Mirfield ward are good.  The focus in the Mirfield ward should be around maintaining diagnosis rates by continuing to raise awareness of dementia, and developing a dementia friendly community where people with dementia can continue to live well and be supported. (Dementia Locality Information, Kirklees Council, 2015)

It is the aim of the Mirfield Rotary Club to continue to raise awareness and understanding of dementia with the local community so that diagnosis rates remain good and individuals living with dementia, their families and carers are ‘enabled’ so that they can continue to live well in a community that has understanding and awareness of dementia and related issues.

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

Mirfield Rotary Club is a member of an international organisation and whilst it is committed to raising dementia awareness and supporting projects in any way it can, this may have to be balanced on occasions with other competing Rotary priorities particularly if disasters have occurred in the rest of the UK and around the world.  Also there seems to be a lack of detailed knowledge as to what services/support/organisations are available in the Mirfield area and how to access them. We need to obtain this information in a reliable, easy to read/understand format so that it can be distributed to the community at large and people living with dementia and their families. Once we have this, we can then look at our resources and direct our efforts to best support the KDAA.  

2. Actions

  • Improve awareness and understanding of Dementia for Rotary Club Members.

    We will work towards becoming a Dementia friendly Club by providing ongoing awareness and education of Dementia to Rotary Club members and Rotary Friends. This will include holding Dementia Friends sessions and having appropriate guest speakers to address our Club meetings. We will provide support for Club members who are affected by Dementia and support relevant local projects by providing details of local services/systems/provisions and how to access them. We already have several members who are Dementia friends.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    In April 2016 we became the first Rotary Club in Yorkshire to be accredited as Dementia Friendly and received the certificate from the Mayor Kirklees. We will continue to have appropriate guest speakers in the coming Rotary year and two will be invited. We continue to provide support for Club members who are affected by Dementia and support relevant local projects by providing details of local systems/services and how to access them We have already provided relevant literature re the herbert protocol to members.

  • Enhance the effectiveness of Dementia awareness in the local community.

    Identify community needs and develop ways to support dementia awareness in the Mirfield area.  

    Use contact and networking opportunities to raise awareness of dementia, promote and encourage local organisations to be part of the Kirklees Dementia Actions Alliance (KDAA) and support the delivery of the Dementia Friendly High Street Pack to businesses and organisations in Mirfield.

    Raise awareness of dementia by providing literature and information at the Mirfield show and other appropriate events.

    Recognise the contribution made by other in supporting members of the community to live well with dementia.

    Review current support offered to people living with dementia in the Mirfield area, identifying potential gaps.

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    We continue to use contact and networking opportunities to support dementia awareness in the local community. We have helped distribute Dementia Friendly High Street packs to local shops and businesses and have arranged for the KDAA to have a stand to promote dementia awareness and sell twiddle muffs at the Mirfield Arts Festival on the 15 July.

  • Fundraising Events

    We will organise fundraising events/activities to support Dementia related charities, one has already been organised and will take place at the end of February 2016.   

    Status:
    Implementation

    2016 - Second Quarter Update

    The event in February raised nearly £1100 which was given to Dementia UK and the KDAA. We are continuing to consider plans for further fundraising this coming Rotary year.