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Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance


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


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 an aim; to make Kirklees 'Dementia Friendly'. We want to involve as many people as possible in order to help make a “Kinder Kirklees”  and a more compassionate community and to improve the lives of people living with dementia. 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 almost 200 members and supporters - working together to create a 'Kinder Kirklees' for those with dementia. At the end of July 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!!

We can deliver Dementia Friends Awareness sessions to businesses, organisation, schools 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 email: ebostock@kdaa.org.uk

Would you like to become a Dementia Friend?

To help Kirklees become a dementia friendly community we are holding Dementia Friends awareness sessions. The sessions raise awareness of the small everyday things that could make a difference to people living with dementia and their carers. By becoming a Dementia Friend in your community or workplace you'll be improving the support and customer experience of someone living with dementia.

No need to book, just come along to the following open sessions, details below:

Demonstration Zone, Queensgate Market, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield, HD1 2UJ

Monday 3rd October, 11.00am - 1200noon

Monday 7th November, 11.00am - 12.00noon

Monday 5th December, 11.00am - 1200noon

Mirfield Library, Easthorpe Lodge, Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, WF14 8AN

Friday 21st October, 10.30 - 11.30am

Friday 11th November, 10.30 - 11.30am 

Friday 9th December, 10.30 - 11.30am


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
  • One 17 Design
  • Home Instead Senior Care (Calderdale)

Supporters of the Kirklees Dementia Friendly High Street Pack

  • Your Nuts Wholefood Ltd - Holmfirth
  • Dewsbury District Golf Club -Mirfield
  • Celebrations - Mirfield
  • C.Ramsdens Butchers - Mirfield
  • Eye Pharmacy - Mirfield
  • Speights Lighting - Mirfield
  • Therapies at The Snug, Complementary Therapies, Birkby
  • Kirkburton Hardware & Pet Supplies, Kirkburton
  • Kirkwood Hospice Shop - Almondbury
  • Kirkwood Hospice Shop - Batley
  • Kirkwood Hospice Shop - Cleckheaton
  • Kirkwood Hospice Shop - Denby Dale
  • Kirkwood Hospice Shop - Dewsbury
  • Kirkwood Hospice Shop - Heckmondwike
  • Kirkwood Hospice Shop - Holmfirth
  • Kirkwood Hospice Shop - Huddersfield
  • Kirkwood Hospice Shop - Kirkburton
  • Kirkwood Hospice Shop - Marsden
  • Kirkwood Hospice Shop - Marsh
  • Kirkwood Hospice Shop - Meltham
  • Kirkwood Hospice Shop - Mirfield
  • Kirkwood Hospice Shop - Moldgreen
  • Kirkwood Hospice Shop - Slaithwaite
  • Kirkwood Hospice Shop - Wyke
  • The Vintage Treat Room - Linthwaite
  • Russ Parkinson Village Butchers - Kirkburton
  • Kirklees Active Leisure - Huddersfield Leisure Centre
  • Sid's Café - Holmfirth
  • Occasions - Holmfirth
  • Holmfirth Mills - Holmfirth
  • School of Human & Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield
  • Birstall Post Office - Birstall
  • Fashion Workroom - Birstall
  • The Cobbles - Birstall 
  • DCP Plumbing & Heating - Birstall
  • Little Nina Clothing - Birstall
  • High Ridings Travel - Birstall
  • Trim-It - Birstall
  • Seaspray - Birstall
  • Lindley Library Community Group - Lindley

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 for all 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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National DAA news

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


If you would like to fundraise on behalf of the KDAA

We are grateful for any donations which help support the work of the Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance (KDAA). If you would like to make a donation, however large or small, please get in touch with us.

Alternately, if you would like to fundraise for the KDAA, please contact Elaine Bostock, Project Coordinator, Telephone: 07854028219, or email ebostock@kdaa.org.uk

Thank you for your continued support.

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. 

The Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance have created 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 Need Your Help....

KDAA 2016 Dementia Friendly Communities Survey - The Voice of People Living with Dementia & their Carers

Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance (KDAA) are undertaking a short survey for people living with dementia, their carers and families to find out what matters to people living locally and what a dementia friendly community should look like in Kirklees. We want to shape our work, communities and share information with our partners and local services around what people are telling us.

We want Kirklees to become a Dementia Friendly Community, in order for this to happen we want to find out what would make a difference to individuals with dementia and can be completed by individuals with memory problems and/or dementia and can be completed on an individuals behalf. It can also be completed separately by carers or past carers.

The survey can be accessed via the following link.

Or you can email Elaine Bostock at ebostock@kdaa.org.uk, or call: 01484 411077/07854 028219 for more information.

We are looking for as much information as possible, please share this e-mail with appropriate service users, customers, networks and contacts.

Thank you for helping to inform the development of Dementia Friendly Communities and help KDAA change the way we support people living with dementia across Kirklees.


Making Space

Makin Space offer a range of support services and activities, including dementia support services. There are drop in dementia sessions available 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 the timetable

BAME Dementia Services at Al Hikmah Centre

The IMWS (Indian Muslim Welfare Society) are working towards building a Dementia Friendly Community. They have developed  services for people living with dementia in the BAME community:

  1. Raising awareness by delivering dementia friends sessions to local businesses and the community
  2. Drop-in sessions every Wednesday at 2pm, where people living with dementia and their carers can come in for a cup of tea, coffee, biscuits and a friendly chat.
  3. Liaison with local services to find activities for people who have an early onset of dementia 

If you or someone that you care for is living with dementia, then please contact Zaynab Karolia, IMWS Health Coordinator  - email zaynab.karolia@imws.org.uk or telephone: 01924 500555, or drop into the Al Hikmah Centre. The address is: Al Hikmah Centre, 28 Track Road, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 7AA


Keep in touch

Please visit our Facebook and Twitter feeds - we use these social media channels to promote relevant local events, activities, 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 

The University of Huddersfield and KDAA launched The Herbert Protocol for Kirklees on 22nd June. Guest speakers included West Yorkshire Police, The Police & Crime Commissioner and The Deputy Mayor. A collaboration of further partners from Safe Places and Locala helped support the event.

The Herbert Protocol is named after George Herbert, a war veteran of the Normandy landings who lived with dementia and sadly died went he went missing, on his way to his childhood school.

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

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.

Anyone who is worried about their memory, or is concerned about someone they know, should call their doctor, or 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 01484 414933 gatewaytocare@kirklees.gov.uk where trained staff will put callers in touch with people who can help and support them.

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 and 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.

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


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.

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