Archant

Archant is a privately owned media company serving geographical and specialist interest communities across a wide range of media and employing around 1,600 staff. It is the fifth largest regional newspaper publisher in the UK with titles in East Anglia, London, Kent and the South West, publishing 1.6 million copies a week in print and reaching six million readers [a month] online. Its portfolio of more than 50 news brands includes the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News in Norfolk. As a community-based company, Archant is regularly involved in campaigning and raising awareness of issues around health and ageing, through regular news and features as well as occasional special supplements.

Updated:
2 February 2017
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Communication
Local Alliances:
Norwich City 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?

We pledge to train 50 members of staff as Dementia Friends over the coming 12 months so that, as active members of their local communities, they can play a role in spreading understanding. This supports National Dementia Declaration for England outcomes 5 and 6.

 We pledge to spread knowledge and understanding about dementia through our newspapers and websites, helping to reduce fear and spread understanding that it is possible to live well with dementia. We will use appropriate content to signpost readers’ families to suitable services and information. This supports National Dementia Declaration for England outcomes 2 and 4.

 We pledge to review the language used in our newspapers and on our websites in the light of the Deep Guide. This supports National Dementia Declaration for England outcomes 5 and 6.

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

Tight deadlines affecting busy staff, the availability of courses and making sure the message is spread to all staff.

Member website

www.eveningnews24.co.uk

2. Actions

  • Roll out dementia awareness amongst staff.

    Train 50 members of staff as Dementia Friends within 12 months to ensure they can spread understanding of the condition.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Education and community involvement

    Spread knowledge and understanding about dementia through our newspapers and websites, helping to reduce fear and spread understanding that it is possible to live well with dementia.

    Status:
    Being implemented
  • Best practice.

    Review the language used in our newspapers and on our websites in the light of the Deep Guide, which offers guidance on language use when referring to dementia.

    Status:
    Being implemented